What Herb is referred to as the First Aid Herb?

Yarrow is the herb that is often referred to as the first aid herb. It is a feathery plant that is quite delicate and pretty. It was used in Colonial America as well as ancient Greece for cuts. It acts as a styptic on small cuts or wounds. It is also effective on sprains and swellings when using the Yarrow Leaf.

In Ayurveda, yarrow is called “gandane”. It is an interesting herb in that it is bitter and pungent. You can use it as an astringent. It can also be used as an anti-inflammatory which is why it is effective on many of our aches and pains.

Yarrow is a wild flower with feathery leaves and white or pink flowers. It can be gathered in early summer and you can use almost all of the plant including the roots. Yarrow makes a great tea just steep a few teaspoons of the dried herb in a cup of boiling water for about 10 minutes and I like it with honey (local honey if possible). It is good for fevers and can be used with other herbs to relieve colds or flu.

Other uses might include helping to relieve conditions such as diarrhea, pelvic infections or pain, colic, ulcers and other digestive problems. I also like to use it in the bath to ease my aching back. Simmer a handful of fresh leaves in a pint of water for 15 minutes strain it and pour it into the tub. Relax and enjoy. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO ORDER YARROW

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