ACHILLEA MILLIFOLIUM

ACHILLEA MILLIFOLIUM

TRUE YARROW, MILFOIL: Delicate, gray-green, feathery leaves and clusters of small white flowers on long stems. Quickly spreading by roots and seeds. Stimulant, tonic, diaphoretic, vulnerary and aromatic. Used for colds if taken at the onset of fever. Used in witchcraft for divination and spells, being called “the Devil’s plaything.” Also used for venereal and menstrual problems. Navajo Indians drink a tea of the plant or chew the stems before intercourse for its aphrodisiac properties. Stronger substitute for hops in beer brewing. Plant with caution; yarrow is a very hardy plant and spreads very rapidly.

ANTHEMIS NOBILIS

ANTHEMIS NOBILIS

ROMAN CHAMOMILE: A hardy, very pleasantly aromatic, slowly spreading ground cover with white and yellow flowers used as a tea (bitter) with strong sedative properties. Often used for nervous stomachs. An old friend of mine once said, “This is good enough to be illegal.” It’s good, but not that good. Also called Chamaemelum nobile. Sun or
part shade.

ARTEMISIA ABROTANUM

ARTEMISIA ABROTANUM

SOUTHERNWOOD, OLD MAN, LAD’S LOVE, MAIDEN’S RUIN: A southern wormwood, from the South of Europe. A woody shrub with feathery gray-green leaves and inconspicuous yellow-white flowers. Highly scented. Used as a stimulant tonic and an emmenagogue or as a moth repellent (in French: garde-robe). It is a culinary herb in Italy. Once considered to be an aphrodisiac; 19th century poets used this plant as a clandestine symbol of homosexuality. Grows to 3-4′ tall and likes full sun.