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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.
Name: Nancy Dantonio
New York City (Zone 6a)
Jul 25, 2014 11:28 AM CST
|I really enjoyed the Yarra story. I have had similar experience myself. My garden is on my rooftop. I was planting and sliced my finger on a broken chard of clay pot. It was bleeding profusely and I had nothing to wrap it in and would have gotten blood all over the floor and elevator if I had to go down to my floor. I thought of the Yarrow and achilles, as I had heard about it's power. I grabbed a few leaves and wrapped them around my finger. The force of stitching my cut together was palpable and all bleeding was stopped within a minute. Amazing. Now my daughter, who gets frequent nosebleeds, just stuffs some dried leaves up her nose and bleeding stops more quickly than anything else.
NancyD in NYC
Jul 25, 2014 12:19 PM CST
|Thank you so much, ndantonio, such a great testament to the power of a plant! I've heard of the nosebleed remedy, but luckily I've never had to test it for myself.
Welcome to All Things Plants, how interesting that you have a rooftop garden. I do hope we all get to read more about it! You'll truly enjoy the people you meet here; it's the best gardening website!
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