Another beautiful day here. I think September may be my favorite month.
There’s a hushed peace about the warm days and cool evenings, a stillness in the air compared to the frenzy of summer. The garden is wrapping up its season but still producing here and there, the goats still left milking are starting to dry off and prepare again for breeding season, the pumpkins and winter squash are ripening into dull and brilliant oranges to match the leaves that have begun to cover the lawns, their reds and browns, oranges and yellows providing a magical carpet for the children to run through delightedly. The school season has begun in earnest and new books filled with yet undiscovered knowledge litter the tables and bookshelves, and under a bed or two. The days warm, but as pleasantly so as the nights, cool.
Yesterday was rain. The kind of all day, restful rain that beckons you to relax with books and tea on comfortable chairs, and get onto the floor and play mindless games with children. It was lovely. And it also gave me a chance to process the wild yarrow that had hung over the parlor door, drying, for the last several weeks.
Yarrow, or Achillea millefolium, has several uses. Many of its uses combines the flower and the leaves together, but I separated the leaves and the flowers to storing ease. I like to use the flowers in tea and fragrant herbal pillows, and the leaves for wounds.
Greek myth had it that Achilles painted himself with a tincture of yarrow to make himself invulnerable to arrows, everywhere on his body except his heel.
“Yarrow is used against colds, cramps, fevers, kidney disorders, toothaches, skin irritations, and hemorrhages, and to regulate menses, stimulate the flow of bile, and purify the blood. Yarrow herb tea is a good remedy for severe colds and flu, for stomach ulcers, amenorrhea, abdominal cramps, abscesses, trauma and bleeding, and to reduce inflammation.”
Yarrow is also used externally to stop the flow of blood and treat wounds.
It can be used as a poultice, a tonic, tincture, in sleep remedies, herbal pillows, eaten raw, or drunk in a tea. It’s been reported to bring down high fevers when used as a strong tea in a bath.
I recently purchased some neat herb-cutting scissors which did the job of processing my dried yarrow beautifully. I can’t wait to use them on the comfrey, chamomile, plantain, and chickweed I have drying as well, in addition to what’s left of my herbs in the garden. You can check them out and get yourself a pair here:
I bought the set of six because
a. that price!,
b. things disappear around here,
c. I was thinking future little girls’ tea parties.
Now, I just may go brew myself a cup of iced yarrow tea and sit back to enjoy the view of my children, and those leaves, and this sweet September day.
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