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Yarrow: For Health, Love and Wisdom

By Mina

To bring to me my true loves’ name
To heal my wounds and ease my pain
For courage and protection spells
Divining rights at ancient wells
For all this favor I beseech,
Tis’ yarrow’s powers that I seek

Yarrow, a perennial herb, has lovely fernlike foliage containing soft wisps of hair- type follicles. It flowers from mid-summer to autumn, displaying clusters of white, yellow, lilac or deep burgundy petals resembling tiny daisies.

A prolific plant, yarrow has the ability to spread underground shoots as well as seed itself, often leaving some gardeners to consider it a weed. If one is willing to spend a little time controlling its spread, when planted in conjunction with other herbs, yarrow actually increases the essential oil content of those herbs, while enhancing their growth and health in general.

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