The legendary hero of the War of Troy, Achilles, has inspired many artists even in the modern era. There are many legends around this hero, and he is still referred to as a person of bravery and heroism.
According to Homer, Achilles was uninjured, except for one part of his body, the heels. Hence the “Achilles’ heel“! He was the son of Peleus and Thetis and king of the glorious people of Myrmidon. He was the main protagonist of the Homeric epic “Iliad”.
The miraculous plant of Achilles
His name was given to a plant, the Agriapithea, which is now known as the “Achillea millefolium“. Achilles is said to have given this plant to his soldiers, the legendary Myrmidons, to help them stop the blood that flowed from their wounds during the Trojan War.
It is worth noting that scientific research and tests on the plant have shown that it contains chemical ingredients that make it useful as a haemostatic agent.
The Achillea millefolium, is a herbaceous, perennial, flowering plant with complex and spiky leaves. It has a height ranging from 20 cm to 1 meter.
Achilles flowering is from late spring until early autumn.
Achilles, a herb known for its healing uses since antiquity, was widely used to stop severe bleeding from wounds as it has hemostatic properties.
It contains essential substances that aid in the production of bile and have antibacterial and muscle relaxant action. Even the substances contained in it help protect the skin and mucous membranes.
It is also recommended for anorexia, indigestion, stomach disorders, period pains and skin diseases.