Yahrle is a common healing herb that is also referred to as
"Meadow Hop", "Military Herb" or "Staunchweed". It is found mostly in sunny
grassy areas throughout Caelereth and is
used to treat wounds, dispel melancholy and can supposedly cure baldness and
bring about a vision of a future mate.
Appearance. This is a common herb that stands two palmspans and three - eight nailsbreadths tall. The stem is angular and rough with spear-shaped leaves alternating laterally around it. These leaves are one palmspan and one-seven nailsbreadths long and three nailsbreadths broad, clasping the stem at the base, the segments are very finely cut, giving the leaves a feathery appearance. The leaves and stem of the Yahrle give off a very pungent peppery smell. It flowers from late spring to early fall, with the blooms white or pale lilac. The petals being like minute blades, in flattened, loose heads. The whole plant is more or less hairy, with white, silky hairs pressed close to the stem and leaves.
Territory. The Yahrle can be found in various places throughout Caelereth, mostly in sunny grassy areas like the Aurora Fields or the Heath of Jernais in Santharia or the Wilshirer Heath and Celeste Lowlands in Northern Sarvonia. It will not grow in deserts such as the Ráhaz-Dáth Desert or in excessively sandy areas.
Usages. This plant is used in the treatment of wounds, the dispelling of melancholy and is also reputed to be a cure for baldness.
Treatment of Wounds
Healers and herbalists throughout Santharia and amongst the human and elven tribes of north Sarvonia will more than likely know of and use Yahlre in the treatment of wounds. The Ice Tribes, including the Remusians, and the Ashmari are exceptions to this. In the case of the Ice Tribes, the Remusians and the other tribes, instead use varro for this purpose. When using Yahlre, the whole plant is harvested, dried and made into an ointment that is applied to a wound to stop any bleeding.
Dispelling of Melancholy
Melancholy has been defined by the Mindsmoothers as being a state of deep sadness and loneliness. Excessive amounts of time spent by oneself is another indicator of melancholy. It has been suggested by the White Nehtorian Healers, that Black Dog, a deep melancholy brought about by the scurfy disease, may be dispelled or reduced through the use of Yahlre. In any case, the flower can be dried and one or two petals boiled in one or more firkins of water. This tea is then drunk for dispelling melancholy. If this tea is too strong a person can become violently ill. Thaelcar, a Whitecoat from Voldar, capital of the Province of Vardýnn in Santharia in southern Sarvonia has observed that if too much Yahlre is in the tea, the patient's melancholy increases and the patient has become violent and dangerous.
Finally, Yahlre has the reputation of being a preventative of baldness. For this to work, the head of the patient needs to be washed in the Yahlre tea described previously. This cure cannot be confirmed.
There are two methods of reproduction for the Yahrle plant. The first of these
is by its creeping roots. The Yahrle's roots spread out along the ground seeking
good soil. It is believed that this is a key reason for the Yahrle being unable
to grow in deserts or sandy regions.
The second method of reproduction is through seed dispersal by birds. These birds include the coa-coa bird, the garthook and the wynd racer bird.
Myth/Lore. It is said by the elves that this is one of the herbs dedicated to Coór, in earlier days, being sometimes known as "Coór's Nettle" or "Coór's Shadowing", and was used for divination in spells. It has also been used in folk superstitions. They swear, a scup of ground Yahrle sewn up in fine cloth, placed under the pillow before going to bed, brings a vision of the future husband or wife. The words used depend on the area of Santharia in which the commoners live. Centoraurian peasants around the Aurora Fields are likely to say:
pretty herb of the meadow
While those elsewhere, such as Erpheronian maidens around the Heath of Jemais are more likely to say the following:
THE MOON IS HIGH