The Magic in Yarrow: Yarrow and more

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The Magic in Yarrow

By Sharon
July 22, 2014

There was magic, she said, in the plants we gathered from the mountain. Magic plants had three reasons for living: They gave us food, they gave us medicine, and they gave us beauty. She said yarrow was truly magic because it was also a plant that could live with very little water. To me, the very best part about yarrow was that it was so old it had a story to tell. That made it even more magical. I loved Aunt Bett's stories.

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OldGardener
Jul 21, 2014 6:53 PM CST
Sharon, I sure wish that you would write a book. I always look forward to your memories. You describe them so vividly it is like I am there with you Smiling
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Sharon
Jul 21, 2014 6:59 PM CST
What inspiring words, thank you, my friend.

I have been compiling these articles into some kind of book form for a few years now, I think it's about time I get it finalized. I do appreciate your words so much. And I've been meaning to tell you, I love the kitty in your avatar. Smiling
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Jul 21, 2014 7:07 PM CST
Thank you - he is my full time, 24/7 buddy. I have always been a dog person (the bigger the dog, the better) but my heart now belongs to a 12 pound feline Smiling

Please let me know when your book is finalized. I really want to purchase a copy. You are such an exceptional writer. When I read your articles, I truly can picture every detail and even feel the sun gently shining on my skin. You are a talented woman indeed !
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Sharon
Jul 21, 2014 7:23 PM CST
Wow. Your words made me take a deep breath. Aunt Bett always said that deep breaths were needed when you felt 'overcome'.
I think she might have meant overwhelmed.

I'm hoping to have it all done by November, that's the plan anyway. I'll be sure to let you know.
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Jul 21, 2014 7:50 PM CST
I think your Aunt Bett and my grampies had the same background Thumbs up I am excited that you are so close to completion. 'Just in time for Christmas!
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Jul 21, 2014 7:56 PM CST
I don't mean to ask a silly question, but is there a type of yarrow that is used more frequently for rheumatism? I see that there is A. filipendulina, A. millefolium, etc., and was wondering which one (if any) are most commonly used in herbal medicine.
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Sharon
Jul 21, 2014 8:14 PM CST
Not a silly question at all. I only have real knowledge of the medicinal properties of A.millefolium. It seemed to be the one that grew fairly freely in the mountains. There are several varieties of it now, but I still think most teas are made from millefolium.

I also meant to respond to your kitty note; I've had a cat or two for maybe 30 years and suddenly now for a year I have a rescued dog. A big dog that I absolutely adore. Her name is Sunshine, no particular ancestry at all. Just a dog from the shelter.

But . . . yarrow, I only know for sure about A.millefolium. Smiling
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Jul 21, 2014 8:34 PM CST
Thank you for the information - that is extremely helpful.

I actually read about Sunshine on Cubits. She reminds me of a dog I got from the shelter for my middle son when he was a little boy (but your Sunshine seems so much better behaved). I had been all set to pick up a shepherd puppy when the door burst open in the shelter's office and a 100# black dog came charging in (he later topped out at about 120# - more than I weigh). He of course knocked me flat on my back. His owners (a single mom and her teenaged daughter) were giving him up as they had another dog at home (they lived in a 1 bedroom apartment) and could no longer keep the two of them. They warned me that Sebastian could be a bit wild (ha! - he was more than a bit - he even chewed a hole through a fire door) but I knew the moment that I hit the ground that he was the guy for us!

He ended up being the best dog that we ever had by far although it took a year of extensive training and time to get him to calm down. Sadly, the day before my son left for college, Sebs had a massive stroke that left him mostly paralyzed. He was put to sleep in our front yard with my son and I holding him. I still tear up when I think about our guy but I believe on some level, he knew his job was done - he had helped raise a good man. I hope that sunshine brings you many years of ... well, sunshine, too Smiling

Again, thank you for the information on the yarrow. I appreciate all of your help Smiling
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Sharon
Jul 21, 2014 8:44 PM CST
Beautiful story, many parallels to mine, thank you!
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Jul 22, 2014 12:19 AM CST
OldGardener said:Sharon, I sure wish that you would write a book. I always look forward to your memories. You describe them so vividly it is like I am there with you Smiling


Old Gardener, I agree I agree I agree
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.
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Jul 22, 2014 3:17 AM CST
What a wonderful story Sharon and so much good information - thank you so much Hurray! Hurray!
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Horseshoe
Jul 22, 2014 5:57 AM CST
It's about merry old time to see/read an Aunt Bett story again! :>)

Yarrow is a favorite around here, too. Great to have for the bees, the beneficial bugs and pollinators. I've never ate it before but have used it in tandem with plantain for bee stings. Works great!

Waving and sending hugs to ya, Sharon...

Shoe (counting down the days now til November!....)
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Sharon
Jul 22, 2014 9:45 AM CST
Vic and Shoe! Beautiful to read your words. Thank you!

Shoe, my old buddy, you will be the first to know!

Aloe and plantain and now yarrow, never thought about yarrow for bee stings, great advice. Sure hope it works on wasp stings too, the wasps and I are having an ongoing battle this summer, running neck and neck right now. Six for me and one for them though, and I tell myself I'm gaining.
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OldGardener
Jul 22, 2014 10:07 AM CST
Sharon, try an empty 1.25 litre Dr. Pepper bottle. It makes for a great swatter! I am batting over .900 now with these aggressive, green-metallic, June-type beetles who decided earlier to swarm me whenever I am on the front stoop. Now, when I pick up the bottle, away they fly Hilarious!
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Sharon
Jul 22, 2014 10:37 AM CST
Ya reckon my wasps would respond as well to an empty 1.25 litre of Coke? Big Grin
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Jul 22, 2014 10:39 AM CST
It is worth a try Hilarious! I used to think that insects did not have a lot of capacity to learn but they sure do clear out now when they see the bottle Whistling
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