On his mission

If I were forced to make a difficult choice and select one of the million plants to heal the bleeding world, it would be yarrow. This common and widespread plant with small white flowers and easily recognizable feather-like leaves has been always powerful aid to those who suffered bleeding injuries.

Perhaps because of its botanical name Achillea millefolium I have yarrow permanently associated with the mythical warrior, the Greek hero Achilles. Born from an immortal goddess and a mortal king, Achilles had the best teachers for a wide range of disciplines, not just for warfare.

I have forgotten a lot, but I remember that one of his teachers was the wise centaur Chiron, who taught him even the basic of medicine. Prudent decision, which could save life or limbs, definitely increased the chance to survive frequent battles.

Achilles had a mythical power and only one small vulnerability, yarrow as well. Besides the huge ability to quickly stop bleeding, yarrow disinfects, improves digestion, helps with women’s difficulties, but must not be used for long periods. Yarrow is a first line warrior, having a range of after-care medical plants behind him.

My drawing should be a honor to the healing ability of yarrow, but finally I put more energy into the part representing the pain of bleeding world. Is there enough yarrow to heal it?

Love, Ivana

4 thoughts on “On his mission

  1. I love yarrow too, one of the Saxon way bread herbs, I would also add plantain. It seems so invisible to most people, weeded out of lawns and pavements but resilient and unassuming. It”s healing properties are amazing for the land, animals and humans. Maybe it’s already healing the planet and we as humans are too stupid to notice. ☺

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    1. Thank for your comment! Sometimes I feel that my way of perceiving is difficult to understand. But you know exactly what I meant. Thanks for it! Lovely to meet somebody on the same frequency 🙂

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