Yarrow seems so familiar and grass, is such an extraordinary!

Most of its Latin name comes from the ancient Greek legends, and is given in honor of Achilles, whose homer glorified in his "Iliad." All who have read Homer, remember that the hero of the Trojan War, Achilles was the son of the goddess Thetis and Peleus the king. He was brave, but not always balanced. So, one day he was wounded in the thigh of Hercules son Telephus, which then itself and cured with the help of ... Yarrow.

The healing of this herb, according to mythology, Achilles and his friend Patroclus learned from the wise centaur Chiron. Achilles has not battle wounds healed once his friends using yarrow, that the plant was named in his honor - Achillea .

Yarrow - Achillea   - A perennial herbaceous plant of the Asteraceae family. From subtle creeping rhizome, yarrow depart shoots with a rosette of basal leaves and peduncles. Stem Yarrow grows from 25cm to a meter in height.

   Grayish green fishnet pinnately dissected leaves, when rubbed, smell wormwood. The flowers are mostly white, rarely pink, clustered in small florets baskets, which then form a large brush. Flowering plant in July - August. The seeds ripen in August - September.

Yarrow grows everywhere, it can be found in a forest glade, in the field, along the roads and in the garden. Propagated by seeds and rhizomes He likes sunny places.

The medicinal and cosmetic purposes are used yarrow flowers and grass that is cut during the flowering and dried in the shade. Yarrow called green bandage for its hemostatic, antiseptic and wound-healing properties.

Grass Yarrow and flowers contain: carotene, vitamins - B, C, esters, resins, bitter, organic acids, tannins, trace elements.

Yarrow to treat
- In Russia, called milfoil krovavnik and antiquity used for cuts and internal bleeding. On the wound was applied bandages soaked in broth or juice of yarrow, and the wounds heal quickly.
- Traditional medicine uses the juice and decoctions of yarrow in the stomach, lung, uterine, nasal and other bleeding.
- Prescribers yarrow gastric ulcer, disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, diseases of the urinary and biliary tract, hypertension.
- Yarrow prevents the formation of gallstones and kidney.
- A decoction of yarrow are taking nursing moms to increase milk production.

Yarrow in folk cosmetics
Preparations from it eliminates the inflammation of the skin, tightens pores and make it smoother.

- Infusion when rashes and skin irritation
1 teaspoon dried chopped herbs pour 1 incomplete (to kaёmki) cup of boiling water, leave for half an hour, cool, strain. Wash in the morning and evening.

- It is highly possible to make a mask
Well moisten folded several near in the broth gauze and apply on face for half an hour. Cheesecloth to remove, wash with water at room temperature. After course of such masks skin will acquire a pleasant smoothness and opacity.

- Nourishing Mask of flowers yarrow
Fresh flowers grind, pound, take 2 tbsp. spoon pulp, add 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon of milk and 1 teaspoon of honey. Apply on face for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with water at room temperature.

- Mask, tightens pores
2 tbsp. spoon infusion of yarrow, mixed with 1 tbsp. spoon of honey, stir well, put on the face with a brush, or several layers of cheesecloth to soak in the solution and apply on face for 20 minutes, rinse with water at room temperature.

- When hair loss and to better their growth
1 tbsp. a spoonful of minced raw materials to brew 1 cup of boiling water, press 1 hour in a thermos, drain, cast 2 tbsp. spoon. The rest of the infusion to rub in the hair roots and moisten the hair for 40-60 minutes before washing. Wash your hair with shampoo and rinse with warm water with added broth yarrow - 2 tbsp. spoon on 1 liter of water.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva