Druid Plant Oracle - Yarrow

Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium)

This is a card from a new deck we bought here at the Sanctuary of Joy: the ‘Druid Plant Oracle‘.

These cards combine our passion for Nature with the one for Oracles!

Jyothi is especially passionate about medical plants and herbs, and she is studying to become an official naturopathic doctor, which means she is learning all about medical plants (phytotherapy), homeopathy and nutrition. Anyhow, she already knows what she is doing and she works miracles with those plans, as she has helped me and a number of people with various illnesses such as kidney stones, hemorroids, tummy cramps (of various kinds), gums inflammations and more…

What is wonderful about this, is that there are a ton of plants with medical qualities and powers, readily available in nature and naturally growing as weeds in most countries! Why buy untested and expensive industrial medicine when nature has you already covered?

Such is the plant in the card that we pulled today: ‘Yarrow’ (Achillea Millefolium).

The latin/scientific name of this plant is a reference to the hero Achilles, because his soldiers used Yarrow as a remedy to stop their bleeding during the Trojan war: according to the ‘Iliad’ of Homer, Achilles used Yarrow, on advise from Venus, to cure Telephos after he had wounded him with a spear.
Millefolium is latin for ‘thousands leaves’ and it directly refers to the many small leaves the plant features.
The ancient Sumer civilization in the historical region of southern Mesopotamia (modern-day southern Iraq) were known to already use Yarrow as far back as 2500 BC. In China 50 sticks of yarrow where used to cast oracles with the I-Ching method.

Yarrow has many healing qualities that were known to the ancient civilizations, and it’s important to bring back knowledge that has been largely forgotten.
Yarrow helps to stop bleeding, it stimulates the blood circulation and it helps to lower blood pressure, hence this is a very good medical plant for various problems related to the circulatory system like hemorrhoids, varicose veins, nosebleeds.
It is useful for women as it helps with menstruation cramps helps to regulate a heavy blood flow.
For the digestive system it helps in the secretion of enzymes and digestive juice and increases appetite; both help in digestion. It also helps to prevent stomach ulcers.
It is anti-inflammatory and anti bacterial.
As a decongestant yarrow exhibits a drying effect and seems to improve coughs and sinus infections.
Since Yarrow is also astringent, it is very helpful with allergies where nasal secretions and watery eyes are caused by molds, dust, pollen and dander. Yarrow is also known to cause sweating in cases of flu, fevers and colds, helping to cure simple infections.

You can make a tea out of it, combined with some other healing herbs like chamomile or calendula. It can be used a a mouth rinse for when you have a soar throat or gingivitis. Bruised leaves can be placed on small cuts to help them heal or in case of hemorrhoids and menstruation cramps the leaves can be added to a hot bath. Young leaves can be added to a salad, soups or omelets.
Yarrow grows in most countries with a temperate climate.

Yarrow belongs to the element Water, which represents the sphere of emotions. It is also associated with the planet Venus, which is all about pleasure, especially pleasure shared with someone else. This planet concerns itself with love, romance and harmony in our emotional attachments, marriages, friendships and other unions.

Yarrow is told to carry powers of Courage, Love, Psychic Powers and Exorcism.

In Druidism it is also associated with fidelity and with ideals of wise and trustworthy masculine behaviors, as in ‘being a good man’.

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