Unfortunately she held him by the heel and the part of his heel, held between her thumb and forefinger, did not receive the protection provided by the yarrow tea bath.
Achilles became disabled in a fierce battle when Paris shot an arrow, guided by Apollo, into the heel of Achilles rendering him helpless. Ouch!
There are variations of this version of the injury to the heel of Achilles.
The writer, installing windows for Habitat for Humanity, stepped from a ladder and the soil gave way thrusting his heel downward causing the Achilles heel to tear off the heel bone. Ouch! He was laid up for a while but doing well.
During the America Civil War physicians on both sides of the conflict would gather yarrow and use it to stop the flow of blood using a salve they made from its ground up and boiled leaves. Native Americans used the flower to deal with sore throats, earaches, burns, and bruises. Micmac Indians drank yarrow tea to treat upper respiratory infections. Pioneers felt that it was effective at settling an upset stomach and dealing with wonen's monthly concerns.
Fossilized pollen of yarrow has been found in Neanderthal burial caves in the Neander Valley in Germany, from which comes the word Neanderthal, sometimes spelled without the "h." In English the word Neanderthal can be pronounced with a "th" sound at the end or with a "t" sound as done on Germany where there is no "th" sound.
Trivia question: It is a fact that seeds have been found in tombs over 2000 years old that have been planted and the seeds produce plants. Question: Can fossilized yarrow pollen be used to pollenate another yarrow? Answer: No, it is only a fossil; it is no longer viable pollen.
The study of fosilized pollen grains and spores is called palynology.
One more of such pollen is orchid pollen found on the legs of a bee that was incased in amber. This was found in a mine in the Dominican Republic. It is estimated to be from 10 million to 15 million years old.
Through palynology scientists can know what kinds of trees and flowers were planted in, for instance, ancient palace grounds.