Yarrow is found on nutrient-rich, disturbed soil and on fallow land. It copes well with drought and grows to about 50 cm. It blooms from June to November and has a white and rose colour palette.
As an herb, it was used as a stimulant and tonic. Nowadays, it is still used against colds and flu. The essential oils can soothe intestinal cramps and abdominal pain and are anti-inflammatory. Taking the plant’s juice stimulates bleeding which promotes menstruation. A tea cure is diuretic and helps against oedema and gout. A preparation of the plant accelerates the healing of first-degree burns.
Yarrow used to be used in beer-making before hops were discovered. It was also a popular vegetable that was prepared as a young plant like spinach or made into soup. The leaves are sweet with a slightly bitter taste.