The best benefits of yarrow tea include its ability to heal wounds, soothe anxiety, optimize digestion, protect the heart, and boost immunity, among others. Topically, you can also let yarrow tea cool and then apply it to burns, scrapes or patches of inflammation on the skin for rapid relief.

Yarrow is a perennial herb scientifically known as Achillea millefolium, and nearly every part of the plant is useful from a medicinal standpoint. Native to many areas in the Northern hemisphere, the use of this herb dates back thousands of years – even to ancient Greek legends. The nutritional profile of yarrow includes a variety of flavonoids, rutin, and tannins, as well as coumarins, saponin, cineole, lactones, eugenol, terpineol, and other antioxidants. Furthermore, this herb can provide iron, phosphorous, and sulfur.

Yarrow tea can be used in a number of surprising ways, both in culinary and cosmetic applications. In terms of consuming yarrow tea, it is prepared hot and has a number of gastrointestinal and metabolic benefits. It can be drunk 1-2 times per day for best effects.

Common Names: old man’s pepper, the nosebleed plant, milfoil, soldier’s woundwort, and Thousand-seal.


Preparation / Dosage

Add 1 teaspoon of dried yarrow to a teapot. Add boiling water and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Strain herb as you pour into a cup. Add honey or a slice of lemon for flavor.

Wound Healing

Famed for its ability to heal all of Achilles’ wounds in Greek myth, this herb is known to speed the healing process of topical wounds.

Blood-Clotting

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.

Amenorrhea

If you are struggling with maintaining a regular period, the use of this herb, particularly in tea form, can help to increase regularity and protect your reproductive health.

Anxiety

Since ancient times, this herb has been used to lower stress hormones and induce a feeling of calmness in the body and mind.

Mastitis

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.

Inflammation

This herb has long been used to reduce inflammation in various parts of the body, including symptoms of arthritis, gout, and irritable bowel syndrome. Both topical and oral use can help to relieve these issues.

Gastrointestinal Health

Yarrow is known to stimulate the release of gastric enzymes and bile, which can speed the digestive process and reduce symptoms of constipation, bloating, cramping, and diarrhea.

Hypertension

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, and coronary heart diseases.

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