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Yarrow is a flowering plant belonging to the Asteraceae family, native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe, and North America. Yarrow was traditionally used as a digestive aid, as a topical antiseptic, and as a wound healing agent owing to its astringent properties, which combined with its mild diaphoretic nature, makes the herb quite a useful one, even when smoked.
chamazulene, proazulene, saponins, isovaleric acid, salicylic acid, asparagin, sterols, flavonoids, bitters, tannins, and coumarins
Yarrow flowers can be enjoyed in tea for general health purposes, sprinkled onto a smoke blend for its taste, and the powdered herb can be applied to cuts or skin abrasions, however additional cleaning is also warranted. Yarrow flowers are rich in essential oil, and should be included sparingly into teas and smoke blends, while the herb itself is much more balanced for taste in both mediums.
Yarrow has activity as a digestive bitter, diaphoretic, astringent, tonic, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, and aromatic. Yarrow also has actions on the blood and circulatory system, encouraging clotting, improving circulation, and lowering blood pressure. The herb has been used as a cure-all by Native Americans and as a magical herb to the Europeans, and is even closely associated with the myth of Achilles, who used the herb for healing wounds in the battlegrounds of Troy.
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