Nosebleed plant, old man's pepper,
devil's nettle, sanguinary, milfoil,
|Disturbed soil of grasslands and open forests.
0.2 - 1 mtr.
May - June. Pink or White flowers.
Can be confused with spotted parsley, spotted cowbane which are highly poisenous.
The herb is purported to be a diaphoretic, astringent, tonic, stimulant
and mild aromatic. It contains isovaleric acid, salicylic acid,
asparagin, sterols, flavonoids, bitters, tannins, and coumarins. The
plant also has a long history as a powerful 'healing herb' used
topically for wounds, cuts and abrasions. The genus name Achillea is
derived from mythical Greek character, Achilles, who reportedly carried
it with his army to treat battle wounds. This medicinal action is also
reflected in some of the common names mentioned above, such as
staunchweed and soldier's woundwort. The dark blue essential oil,
extracted by steam distillation of the flowers, is generally used as an
anti-inflammatory or in chest rubs for colds and influenza.