For centuries, Yarrow has been used to stop bleeding both internally and externally. Yarrow is known to alleviate inflammation, reduce fevers, stimulate the appetite and encourage sweating, expelling toxins from the body. Yarrow's astringent properties are especially helpful in stopping nosebleeds, excessive menstruation and diarrhea.
Official Latin Name: Achillea millefolium
Yarrow is also known by the names Devil's Nettle, Devil's Plaything, Bad Man's Plaything, Milfoil, Soldier's Woundwort, Carpenter's Weed, Bloodwort, Staunch Weed, Nosebleed, and Thousand Leaf Gandana.
Yarrow, a member of the sunflower family, can be found along roadsides, in meadows, and in pastures in Europe, Asia, South Australia and North America. It grows in altitudes as high as 8,500 feet. The part of this plant used medicinally is the above ground portion, particularly the flowering tops.
Yarrow is a strengthening, soothing, and healing herb. Yarrow helps equalize the circulation and is a very effective tool to add to your cold and fever arsenal.
Yarrow is a fine blood purifier, balances the function of the liver, and a good herb to combine with the Advanced Liver formula. It has a tonic effect and is invigorating and assists in removing congestion. It helps stop bleeding and aides healing. Yarrow works in treating nose bleeds, by inserting the herb in the nostril and at the same time can relieve a sinus headache. Yarrow cleans the blood, relieves chills, nasal drip, and inflammatory skin conditions. It can open skin pores (if taken with hot water), discharges internal poisons through perspiration, helps reduce uric acid, and gout.
Yarrow can break up a cold within 24 hours and helps control fungus, helps heal mucus membrane, make a tea and rinse hair to help prevent hair loss and for healthier, fuller hair. Yarrow can also help control bleeding from the lungs and is very helpful for many urination problems.
The genus name Achillea is named after Achilles, the Greek hero, who was taught Herbology by the centaur Chiron, who was said to have used Yarrow to staunch the bleeding of the warrior's wounds during the Trojan war (1200 B.C.).
The species name millefolium is Latin for "thousand leaves".
The plant has a long history of use, going back thousands of years.
It was once associated with evil, as evidenced by its alternative names Devil's Nettle, Devil's Plaything, and Bad Man's Plaything, and was used in spells.
An old American and English superstition held that young girls should tickle their noses with Yarrow to see if their lovers were being faithful - if the nose bled, the man's heart was true.
In France and Ireland, people wanting to be more clairvoyant hold Yarrow over their eyes. Dried stalks were used to throw the I Ching, an ancient Chinese system for guidance and wisdom. The Druids used Yarrow stems to foretell the weather.
When added to a compost pile, it will accelerate its breakdown. When Yarrow is grown in the garden, it helps other plants nearby become more disease resistant.
This herb was also used to flavor tobacco, and as a snuff.
The primary chemical constituents of Yarrow include essential oil (proazulene, borneol, camphor, cineole, eugenol, linalool, pinene, sabinene, thujone), isovalerianic acid, achillein, formic acid, salicylic acid, polyacetylenes, asparagin, sterols, glycoalkaloid (achhilleine), flavonoids (apigenin, luteolin, rutin, quercitin), coumarins, and tannins.
Yarrow's effects are mostly astringent.
Yarrow nutritionally supports mucus membranes. It is closely related to Chamomile, both botanically and chemically.
Yarrow also contains fairly high amounts of selenium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin F, and vitamin K.
Having a variety of effects on the body, Yarrow is known to alleviate inflammation, reduce fevers, stimulate the appetite, and encourage sweating, thus expelling toxins from the body.
Yarrow's astringent properties are especially helpful in stopping nosebleeds, excessive menstruation, and diarrhea.
Yarrow is also known for relieving muscle spasms, arthritis, and easing digestion. Yarrow helps to relax peripheral blood vessels, thereby improving circulation. The constituents achilletin and achilleine aid in blood coagulation.
Yarrow contains several anti-inflammatory & pain-relieving constituents, such as azulene and salicylic acid.
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