Yarrow

YarrowAchillea millefolium

Part used: Herb

Energetics: Bitter, pungent, harmonising with a tendency towards cooling and drying

Actions: Antiseptic, bitter, antimicrobial, astringent, antispasmodic, carminative, peripheral vasodilator, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic, styptic, vulnerary, antipyretic

Indications:

  • Wounds, bleeding wounds, infections, circulatory problems, varicose veins, haemorrhoids
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Cold and flu symptoms, fevers, sore throat
  • Menstrual irregularities, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, menorrhagia
  • To support healthy digestion, dyspepsia, diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome

Yarrow is a herb that is used to make medicine for the treatment of fever, common cold, hay fever, dysentery, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. The fresh leaves can be chewed to relieve toothache. It can be applied to skin to stop bleeding from hemorrhoids or wounds and can be used as a sitz bath for painful, lower pelvic cramping in women. In combination with other herbs, yarrow can be used to relieve bloating, flatulence, and gastrointestinal cramping. Yarrow can provide many health benefits as a herbal tea, extract, or essential oil [1].