Follow in Achilles’ footsteps


Cuts, bites, grazes, and sunburn; sometimes it can feel like you’re fighting a real battle on the river bank!

Whilst you might not actually be at war, an unusual natural remedy, said to help heal the wounds of Achilles’ soldiers during combat, could help you with your own lake or riverside battles…
FishingYarrow (Achillea millefolium) might look like a fairly unremarkable plant, but it is named after the Greek hero Achilles who is said to have used it to treat his wounded soldiers on the battlegrounds of Troy. Perhaps more interesting for anglers is the fact that it is also said that covering your hands in juice extracted from the plant and then plunging them into a river attracts fish!

Today the plant is still used for its powerful properties and, whilst it might not be used to help heal sword wounds anymore, it can help soothe everything from insect bites, to blisters and sunburn, making it an essential part of kit for any fisherman or woman.

How to use yarrow
A new product called Moa the green balm uses organic yarrow as one of its main active ingredients and provides an easy and effective way to apply the plant extract to your skin. It comes in a pocket sized pot and it contains other 100% natural ingredients such as tea tree, coconut oil, sweet almond oil and beeswax. It can be used to soothe, nourish and renew bumps, bites, grazes and minor burns, even working as a cleansing balm.

Starting at just £4.99 for a 15ml pot, Moa the green balm can’t promise to turn you into Achilles, but it might just help you when you next do battle with the great outdoors.

To buy and for more facts and stats about yarrow ask at your local health store or visit


*Moa the green balm contains yarrow and soy bean oils and is so not recommended during pregnancy.
** Moa balm might be able to help soothe sunburn, but the manufacturers would rather you avoided getting sunburnt in the first place!