Yarrow (Latin Name: Achillea millefolium) is an aromatic plant, that belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is part of the list of herbs that can help you copy with numerous diseases. The plant taste is bitter but at the same time aromatic. All parts of the plant can be used and to be more specific to the flowers, the leaves, and the roots. The name Achillea comes from the Greek hero Achilleas, because it was used by himself and also his soldiers as a treatment for their wounds.
Health Benefits and Uses
Yarrow is well known as an herb for the treatment of the wounds and its effect to stop bleeding. Due to these two properties, it is considered perfect for healing. Firstly, both fresh or dried yarrow can encourage blood to coagulate, helping stop bleeding, just by putting the leaves onto the wound. Yarrow is also broadly antimicrobial and antiseptic. When used on a wound it can help keep it clean or it addresses signs of infection such as heat, redness, or yellow discharge. So, it has styptic and antimicrobial properties. While it is famous for stopping external bleeding, it is also commonly used internally to move stagnant blood. Stagnant blood is the blood that isn’t freely circulating around our body like healthy blood.
Furthermore, it offers relief for practically every symptom of the cold and flu. It can be used as a gargle or a throat spray to soothe a sore throat. Also, it could be consumed as warm sup of tea because it enhances the circulation to the periphery and can cause profuse sweating. Yarrow combined with Uva-Ursi and Althaea acts as urinary astringent and antiseptic and it helps to dispel the infection while toning the tissues. Lastly, the bitter aromatic can be used to support healthy digestion.
Available Forms of Yarrow:
- Stems (cut)
Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.