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HPL- Yarrow, The Battlefield Herb
January 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Available now on YouTube
This week on Herbal Prepper Live, we are talking about yarrow, Achillea millefolium, often called “the battlefield herb” for its ability to stop wounds from bleeding.
The Wound Healer
Yarrow is known for its ability to stop bleeding. This is seen in folk names for the herb, such as:
- The battlefield herb
- Soldier’s woundwort
- Herbe Miliataris
Yarrow does a phenomenal job of controlling a bleeding wound. It has a long history in wound healing, from calming inflammation, to soothing spasms, and of course, stopping the flow of blood from a wound.
What Else Can Yarrow Do?
But, yarrow is so much more than a styptic (substance that stops bleeding) or a vulnerary (substance used to treat a wound). Yarrow has applications for the liver, winter colds, reducing fevers through sweating, insect repellent, a treatment for baldness, and even brewing beer.
Yarrow is found in both grasslands and forests from Asia to Europe, and all over North America. The only places where you will not find yarrow growing in these regions is in the desert.
This is a widely distributed herb, and you could rely on wildcrafting it each spring. It also makes for an easy to grow perennial in most herb and flower gardens.
There are some contraindications, as well as situations where other styptic herbs may be a better choice. I will cover those too.
Given this ease of access to the plant, and its affinity for wound care, every prepper should familiarize themselves with yarrow and how to use it effectively.
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