common names Yarrow, milfoil, woundwort, staunchweed, nosebleed. origin Native to Europe and western Asia, yarrow grows wild in meadows and waste ground in temperate regions. background The Latin name of this plant derives from the warrior Achilles, the Greek hero of the Trojan war, who used yarrow to staunch the wounds of his soldiers. The plant has also been used for centuries in Europe as a bitter tonic. preparation The fresh, flowering aerial parts are chopped and steeped in alcohol.
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