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Ash
Bogbean
Comfrey
Dandelion
Dock
Elder
Houseleek
Ivy
Mallow
Nettle
Ribwort plantain
Thyme
Yarrow
Yarrow
Achillea millefolium
Yarrow
Common perennial herb, growing in a wide variety of grassy places.

'Mother would send us out into the local pastures to gather stalks and flowerheads of yarrow. These would be wrapped in newspaper, tied with string, and put outside (under cover) to dry thoroughly. Then in the winter days when colds, flu and coughs were threatening, the yarrow would be broken down, put into a jug and infused with boiling water... a noxious brew, but it put paid to them all.'
Halesowen, West Midlands, 1990

Yarrow

'Yarrow – put in boiling water and then over nose for nosebleed.'
Cinderford, Gloucestershire, 1993

Yarrow is recorded as a cure for aches and pains. It is used by practitioners of herbal medicine to treat a wide range of ailments, including influenza, indigestion, amenorrhoea (abnormal loss of menstruation), diarrhoea and phlebitis (inflammation of the wall of a vein).





Cures featured in this exhibition and on the website should be used only with advice from a qualified medical herbalist.