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 Achillea millefolium: yarrow; the milfoil.

From Greek Ἀχιλλεύς (Achilles) and Latin mille (1,000) and folium (leaf).

Literal translation… the plant of one thousand leaves.

According to legend, Achilles and his men used this plant to staunch the flow of blood from battle wounds.

Also known as yarrow, nosebleed plant, old man’s pepper, sanguinary, milfoil, soldier’s woundwort, and thousand-leaf, this plant has a long history as a powerful ‘healing herb’.  It is particularly useful as a topical treatment for cuts and abrasions.


Yarrow, or Achillea millefolium


Achillea millefolium, commonly known as yarrow has a long and interesting history.  The name of the flower is part Greek, part Latin.  Achillea, comes from the Greek name Ἀχιλλεύς.  According to legend, Achilles would carry the plant with him onto the battlefield.  He used it to treat the wounds of his soldiers.

Maybe Achilles was on to something.

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