Yarrow: first aid ally

by Jon Oleson

Yarrow, Achillea millefolium (Asteraceae), is said to be named after the warrior Achilles, who used the herb to treat his wounded soldiers. Many sources talk of Yarrow's use as a styptic (stops bleeding), but the herbal first aid gurus who I've studied with hold it in higher regard as a disinfectant.


Additionally, at June's Herb of the Month Club meeting, we'll discuss Yarrow's often overlooked qualities as a potent nervine, and its traditional use in magic and divination.

Yarrow played a role in HAALo's creation and continues to be a beloved mascot and protector of the shop.



Jon OlesonHaving studied language, Jon Oleson realized that the way plants heal is through interpersonal communication. In our culture this often happens on a subconscious level since we’re not given tools to interact. Acting as an interpreter he began working to reconnect his human community with the plant allies by focusing on the heart as a primary mode of consciousness. This role fills him with deep love and passion, and he's come to view it as a spiritual purpose in life.

Jon organizes the Herb of the Month Club. Everyone is welcome. The sliding scale cost for the meeting is $5-25.

June's Herb of the Month Club meets on June 3, 6–8pm in the HAALo Herb Shoppe. This will be the first in a (non-consecutive) series of gatherings focusing on herbal first aid.

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