Tuesday, April 19, 2011
In the Orkneys a tea was made from it it where it is called Milfoil. It is used for dispelling melancholy. Another tea is also made from yarrow for severe colds.
Of all of the many herbs that we know, yarrow was dedicated to the Evil One and was used for divination in spells therefore becoming known as the Devil's Nettle and Devil's Plaything.
It gain it's name for Nose Bleed because it was used to stop bleeding of the nose but on the other side of the fence if the leaves are rolled up and applied to the nose it could cause the nose to bleed to relieve headaches. In some eastern countries it is called Yarroway where it is used as a divination tool with it's leaf. The inside of the nose would be tickled while the following lines are spoken.
"Yarroway, Yarroway bear a white blow"
If my love love me, my nose will bleed now"
If someone wanted a vision of their future husband or wife then they could take an ounce of yarrow, sew it up in a flannel and place it under the pillow before going to bed then they would dream about their future spouse.
It was also used as snuff because of it's foliage and strong smell thus given the herb another name, Old Man's Pepper.
Yarrow was and is mostly known for it's healing properties for wounds. It was a favorite herb of the Anglo-Saxons. They used it to heal burns and the bites of poisonous snakes and insects.
Fresh yarrow leaves were chewed to relieve toothaches.
In the Americas, the Native Americans used it as a medicinal plant as well.
The Delaware and Algonquin tribes made a tea from yarrow and used it for treating liver and kidney disorders.
The Lenape Indians pounded yarrow roots with a stone and the boiled them with water to make a remedy for excessive menstrual flow.
The Ute had a name for it which meant 'wound medicine.'
The Piate made a yarrow tea to cure a variety of stomach disorders.
The Pennsylvania Dutch called yarrow Schoof Ribba. They would prepare a 'sweating tonic' from the whole plant to reduce fever and a tea made with the leaves to have a beneficial effect on the liver and gall bladder.
Horses would be feed yarrow to cure them of any intestinal worms.
Just as much as there are medicinal uses for the yarrow there are magic uses for the herb as well. The plant was used to give protection against the same spells that it was used as an ingredient of.