Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) Herb Medicinal Uses
Yarrow is good for almost everything. It is especially good for treating and managing the symptoms colds, flu, and fever. Here are a few things it is quite good for: relieving nosebleed and other bleeding, healing cuts, and relieving bruises. Yarrow has a long history stretching right back to Ancient Greek mythology, where the warrior Achilles used it to help injured soldiers in the Trojan War.
- Powerful astringent
- Wound healer
- Strengthens blood vessels and veins
- Ceases bleeding
- Stimulates perspiration and brings down fever
- Improves digestion
Treating Cold, Flu and Fever:
Yarrow is often used as a tea that is drunk to relieve the symptoms of cold or flu, reduce fever and for fast recovery. Drink the tea when it is hot, as it promotes sweating and then cooling. Sweating reduces fever and cleanse toxins from the body. When yarrow is used with elderflower (Sambuca nigra), it is an effective combination.
- Yarrow improves appetite and digestion, plus it helps diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome.
- This herb is beneficial in curing irregular menstrual cycles and can also decrease the amount of menstrual bleeding.
- Yarrow improves blood circulation, lowers blood pressure and strengthens the small blood vessels or capillaries.
- It is also helpful in treating varicose veins.
- This tea is also used as a lotion to help heal minor cuts and scrapes.
Points to remember:
- The recommended dosage level for adults is 3 – 7g a day. On weekly basis the maximum dosage limit is 50g.
- Yarrow is commonly taken in Tea, Tincture and Capsule form.
- In some people it causes skin irritation and other allergic reactions.
- Should not be used for treating kids under five years.
- Pregnant women and breast feeding mothers should avoid using the herb.