Yarrow is a very useful medicinal herb and it is best knows for its wound healing properties. The chemical compound achilliene found in yarrow is responsible for its healing power. It stops the bleeding, makes the tissue contract, inhibits bacterial growth and helps the tissue heal. Its anti-inflammatory action will reduce swelling and heal inflamed cuts or wounds as well as reduce the pain. A strong tea may be taken for internal bleeding.
When used in moderation, this herb is able to stimulate blood-clotting, making it quite valuable for acute injuries; however, in excess, this herb can act as a blood-thinner in the body, so caution should be taken.
It’s extracts contain flavonoids and sesquiterpene lactones that calm inflammation and thus help with treating many illnesses such as a sore throat, arthritis, rheumatism, respiratory issues, bladder infections (and infections of any kind) and stomach-aches.
Since ancient times, this herb has been used to lower stress hormones and induce a feeling of calmness in the body and mind.
If your breasts are producing too much milk, to the point where the condition is painful, topical or oral ingestion of this herb is known to clear up the symptoms.
Yarrow acts as a soothing relaxant on the voluntary nervous system. It counteracts cramps and spasm of the stomach, abdomen and uterine system. At the same time, its bitter principles support the digestive system by acting on the gallbladder and liver. It is helpful with conditions such as leaky gut, stomach flu, nausea, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, flatulence, stomach cramps, lack of appetite, bloating and hemorrhoids. Have a cup of yarrow tea if you are prone to indigestion or heartburn, as this tea promotes bile production that stimulates digestion, preventing food from staying in your stomach too long and causing pain. It is the bitter components of this tea that are said to get your stomach to work better and faster.
By stimulating the production of digestive juices and bile, you are also helping to prevent the formation of gallstones and so keeping your gallbladder happy and healthy.
Yarrow essential oils and the plant itself is the most powerful antiseptic known to man, it is a natural disinfectant and its medicinal properties for fighting infections are unmatched by any other conventional remedy in the market. Not only does it heal external wounds it also prevents internal infections as it contains antimicrobial properties. Yarrow activates the blood platelets in the affected area, which form a protective layer to keep the body protected from infection-causing bacteria. Yarrow essential oil has such potent antiseptic effects that it kills the bacteria completely when applied to the wound.
It is an ingredient prized by the cosmetic industry as it has excellent scar removal properties. It not only speeds up the healing process, but also reduces the appearance of scars. There are many ways yarrow can be used to heal scars, either by oral consumption or by using it in your skincare routines. Its anti-inflammatory properties also calm the irritation and redness surrounding the wounds.
Drinking this tea improves the blood flow, by purifying the blood of toxins and bacteria as well as boosting circulation where there are possible situations of stagnation. Yarrow tea also serves as a heart tonic, while also strengthening and dilating your blood vessels. It improves peripheral circulation by dilating the blood vessels. It is indicated for high blood pressure and angina pectoris. Research has found that the regular use of yarrow can help to modulate blood pressure, which can lower your risk of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, strokes, coronary heart diseases as well as reducing the risk of blood clots that could cause serious heart complications and varicose veins.
Yarrow tea is great when the first symptoms of a cold or the flu set in. It can help clear up mucous and relieve congestion, allowing you to breathe better while soothing a sore throat and strengthening your lungs. Drinking this tea when you have a fever will help to promote natural sweating and thus could break your fever in a safer and healthier way. Sweating is a way that the body has of expelling the microbes and bacteria. So have a hot cup of tea and stay under a warm blanket. A cup of this herbal tea is also helpful when you are suffering from allergies or hay fever. It helps dry up your nasal passageways, which can be quite a relief when you have been sneezing all day because of dust or pollen.
Its calming and antispasmodic nature helps to bring relief to asthma attacks and it helps reduce the severity of your attacks.
Yarrow also supports the urinary system and is an effective anti-inflammatory and diuretic (helps increase urine production) in cases of urinary infections, such as cystitis.
Yarrow is a traditional woman’s herb, used to ease menstruation. It is emmenagogue, which increases the blood flow in the pelvic area, thus helping with all kinds of problems - menorrhagia, amenorrhea, uterine hemorrhages, and leucorrhea. It improves the menstrual flow in the way that the person needs it - if the menstruation is irregular, it regulates it, if the flow is too abundant, it calms it. It reduces cramps and PMS.
Yarrow, one of the most wide-spread plants on our planet, with as many types, uses and folklore stories connected to it. It has many names, as it is equally found in Europe, North America, Turkey and China. Yarrow was even found to date back to the Neanderthals, over 60,000 years ago. Our ancestors used yarrow as a medicinal herb to treat minor wounds, stop bleeding and inflammation.
The Latin name for yarrow is Achillea millefolium, named after the Greek hero Achilles. He was a great student of the healing arts though and yarrow was his special ally. He used it to staunch the wounds of his fellow soldiers, which is how yarrow became known as 'Militaris'. Throughout the history, it was mostly known as a soldier's helper, due to it's abilities to stop the bleeding, disinfect and heal wounds.
Yarrow has been a part of divination rituals for many centuries, and herbalists in Western Europe have been using yarrow as part of healing practices and believe that it facilitates the healing by restraining the flow of blood to a wound. The ancient oracle of the I Ching is traditionally cast with yarrow stalks which are thought to represent the Yin and Yang forces of the Universe in perfect balance. In terms of Chinese medicine, Achillea can be said to have three main actions: clear Exterior Wind (diaphoretic), Tonify Deficiency (tonic) and clear Heart Phlegm (anti-hypertention).
In Ireland, bridesmaids would carry it to weddings for seven years of love. Yarrow is a plant of St. John and the it is hung in houses on St. John's Eve (June 23rd) to ward away illness. Remnants of yarrow has also been found in fossils from old burial caves (3). In Sweden, it is known as 'field hop' because it has been used to create beer
Yarrow can be found in waste areas, edges of railway tracks, lawns, grassy areas, old fields, along fence lines, roadsides, and other edges as it is a strong and durable plant, so it is probable that you have seen this amazing, versatile plant and passed it many times, even in cities!
Infusion: 1 tsp to a cup of boiling water, cover to preserve oils, steep for 13 minutes Add honey or a slice of lemon for flavor.
Dosage: 1-3x/day in chronic conditions; hourly in fevers.
For a natural treatment for fever, yarrow combines well with elder flower, peppermint, boneset, cayenne and ginger. For a natural herbal treatment for high blood pressure the herb combines well with hawthorn, linden flowers and European mistletoe.
For sitting baths make an infusion with 100g yarrow herb to 1 to 2 L of water, which is added for 20 minutes after drawing the bath water.
Some individuals are sensitive to yarrow and may develop allergic reactions on exposure. In large doses, it can thin the blood, so take precaution if you you are on blood thinning medication.
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