Yarrow is a native European plant, with a long history as a wound healer. In classical times, it was known as herba militaris, being used to staunch war wounds. It has long been taken as a strengthening bitter tonic and all kinds of bitter drinks have been made from it. Yarrow helps recovery from Colds and Flu and is beneficial for Hay Fever. It’s also helpful for Menstrual problems and Circulation disorders.
Peppermint origin is a mystery, but it has been in existence for a long time – dried leaves were found in Egyptian pyramids dating from around 1000 BCE. It was highly valued by the Greeks and Romans, but only became popular in Western Europe in the 18th Century. Peppermint’s chief therapeutic value lies in its ability to relieve wind, flatulence, bloating and colic, though it has many other applications.
Elderflower has more folklore attached to it than almost any other European plant, except perhaps Mandrake. Chopping elder branches was considered dangerous in rural England as it was believed that the Tree was inhabited by the Elder Mother, and to avoid her wrath, woodcutters would recite a placatory rhyme. Elder is a valuable remedy for Flu, Colds and chesty conditions.
A good mixture for colds and flu is to mix equal parts of Yarrow, Peppermint and Elderflower. Infuse 1 tsp with 150ml boiling water, steep for 10 minutes and take 3 times a day.
Elderflower, Peppermint and Yarrow flower
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Source: Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine