Halt Bleeding with Yarrow: The yarrow plant (Achillea millefolium) also has a long history as a powerful healing herb used topically for wounds, cuts, and abrasions. The genus name Achillea is derived from the Greek hero Achilles, who supposedly carried yarrow to treat the battle wounds of his soldiers. Its medicinal traits are also reflected in some of yarrow's common names, such as staunchweed and soldier's woundwort. Yarrow's healing properties include:
• Styptic: Yarrow can stop bleeding quickly, due to its astringent and vasoconstricting compounds.
• Antibacterial: The crushed leaves, fresh or dried, contain compounds that have an antibacterial action. This leaf material can be applied directly to wounds, or soaked in water to make a tea that can be employed as a hot compress.
• Diaphoretic: A strong yarrow tea can increase perspiration, helping to break a fever.
• Anesthetic: Crushed fresh leaves can have a numbing action, though not for everyone. If it does work for you, it'll desensitize nerves and help with toothaches, cold sores, and boils.