Achillea millefolium

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Also known as milfoil, noisebleed plant, old man’s pepper, devil’s nettle or carpenter’s weed.

The story…

Yarrow is native to temperate regions in Asia, Europe and North America, and has been introduced in Australia and New-Zealand. It is one of the most common plants in meadows and roadsides. Legend says that its scientific name refers to the Greek hero Achilles, who was said to use it to heal his soldiers.



Yarrow is used to stop abundant bleeding is case of an open wound. After a violent shock creating an ecchymosis, it stimulates blood circulation in the blue/purple/black region indicating the presence of coagulated blood. It is used if the ecchymosis lasts more than 2 days after the shock and then replaces arnica. Apply a cataplasm directly on the wound.


Yarrow has a cooling effect and stimulates perspiration. It is particularly recommended when the person doesn’t sweat much, has dry skin and a fast pulse. Drink as an infusion.

Regulation of the menstrual cycle

In case of temporary or chronic amenorrhea (absence of periods), for example due to stress; of painful periods or excessive amounts of blood. Drink as an infusion.


For slow digestion or excessive drinking or eating, especially meat and animal fat. Drink as an infusion before or after the meal.


Infusion: 30g/L (dried flowers), 2 to 3 cups a day.

Cataplasm: gather a few leaves, chew finely and apply on the wound.


If you face an internal or external bleeding and you have access to a doctor, consult immediately. Contraindicated during pregnancy and nursing, and for people allergic to the Asteraceae group. In case of persistent symptoms or if you have any doubts, consult a doctor. 

© H. Zell