Achillea millefolium, identical scientific name, which is an epic name however, that of a plant that recalls the mythical figure of Achilles. Then we'll find out why. It is a plant of European origin, belonging to the family of Asteraceae (Compositae). They mainly use flowers and leaves, because they are rich in flavonoid polyphenols.
It is the good Pliny who created an aura of legend around this plant, telling how Achilles he used it to heal some wounds of his comrades in arms, during the siege of Troy, to advise him, as I will do here, at the time it was his teacher Chiron, informing him about healing abilities ofAchillea millefolium. Millefolium for its deeply indented leaves.
Achillea millefolium: the flower
The flowers are small and we find them in various colors, with shades ranging from white to pink and appear in June until September. The plant can reach 70 cm but also remain at 30, the leaves have a good scent, very aromatic, and their appearance is very jagged from a bushy air to theAchillea millefolium.
Pollination occurs through insects, it is a spontaneous plant throughout the northern hemisphere, therefore it grows easily in all Italian regions, it prefersNorthern Italy. To find it, we must visit uncultivated rural areas with a curious and attentive eye, preferably along the edges of the paths, going up to 2200 meters. L'Achillea millefolium does not suffer from drought or cold.
Achillea millefolium: therapeutic properties
Achilles himself has shown us healing, it is, but the Achillea millefolium it also has other properties. Some assimilate it to Chamomile, because it is indicated in case of pain and heartburn. It has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, therefore it is an effective treatment for menstrual pain caused by dysmenorrhea, for hemorrhoids and anal fissures. This for internal use, and always for internal use, is useful for varicose veins and phlebitis.
L' Achillea millefolium it is used to treat red and congested eyes and to treat rheumatic pains. In addition to accelerating the healing process of wounds, Achille docet plays a firming, astringent, antiseborrheic and soothing action. Those with dry and chapped skin, or breast fissures, acne and sores can evaluate their use with their doctor.
In fact, there are contraindications, not serious, but to look after. Interactions with anticoagulant and blood pressure control drugs may emerge, or undesirable reactions related to a specific hypersensitivity of which one is not aware of in advance.
It is not its main use, but theAchillea millefolium even in the kitchen it has its own reason: dried leaves and flowers are the basis of some liqueurs. In Sweden it was even used to make beer.
The yarrow muscat, called Grass-broken yarrow, also known as taneda or grass vat, is a plant that grows in the Alps. Its countries are France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria, therefore, where it hangs at an altitude ranging from 1400 to over 3000 meters. It chooses sunny places but withstands temperatures below -23 ° C.
The cold does not prevent it from blooming, usually in the period from June to September, and its flowers are very fragrant. They too, like those ofAchillea millefolium, are used for the preparation of bitters, infusions, digestives and liqueurs, and have the property of stimulating the secretion of gastric juices.
Such a complicated name to tell about a substantially yellow Achillea. She's very beautiful. It is a perennial herbaceous plant but unlikeAchillea millefolium it is native to the Caucasus and even reaches 120 centimeters.
It is now naturalized throughout the northern hemisphere and can be encountered numerous varieties which are distinguished by their height, size, and always yellow but each time different shades of the flowers. Its leaves are gray-green, like those of the Fern.
Much more thanAchillea millefolium, the yellow Achilles has a spectacular and prolonged flowering and that is why it is the most cultivated type for ornamental purposes. Moreover, it does not require a big green thumb, it needs low maintenance, it adapts to cold climates: it just needs to be in extremely sunny and bright locations.
If we are experts in gardening, we can dedicate ourselves toYellow yarrow I spend that it is perfect for mixed borders and in flower beds and for covering sunny slopes. Its cut flowers are preserved for a long time, retain color and are therefore a lively and bright contribution in floral compositions.
Yarrow: essential oil
Returning to ours Achillea millefolium, its essential oil, used on all the occasions explained, always hearing even a doctor, is available in a 5ml bottle, for 18 euros. Excellent solution for aromatherapy and skin care. It is season.
Achillea: book to learn more
If we are not yet convinced that theachillea millefolium is an extraordinary plant, we can always read the published volume entitled millefolium "The yarrow, an extraordinary plant". A pleasant reading, not healing, as is the protagonist, but very interesting.
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