'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 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).