Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is an herb that is native to Europe and Asia. Legend has it that Achilles carried the herb to treat the wounds of his soldiers. It was then brought to grow in North America, particularly the central and eastern parts of United States and Canada.
Yarrow may grow to at least 10 inches high and up to as high as 20 inches. It is single-stemmed and fibrous. It is a hairy plant with small flowers resembling daisies. Its leaves are feathery. The blooming season spans the months from May to August.
The herb is also known as Carpenter’s Weed, Tausendaugbram, Herbe aux Charpentiers, Herbe Militaire, Achillea borealis, Civan Percemi, Old Man’s Pepper, Erba Da Falegname, Devil’s Plaything, Achillée Millefeuille, Gemeine Schafgarbe, Wound Wort, Bloodwort, Green Arrow, Millegoglie, Devil’s Nettle, Huile Essentielle d’Achillée, Noble Yarrow, Achillea, Biranjasipha, Millefolii Herba, Gandana, Herbe à Dindes, Nosebleed, Erba Da Cartentieri, Staunchweed, Achillée Laineuse, Herbe à la Coupure, Achilee, Common Yarrow, Thousand-Leaf, and Achillée Boréale.
Health Benefits of Yarrow
- treating fever, colds or hay fever
- inducing menstruation and regulating periods
- relieving discomfort of gastrointestinal tract and treating other ails of the digestive system such as diarrhea, dysentery and loss of appetite (may also be combined with other herbs to treat bloating, excessive flatulence and other ails of the gastronintestinal tract)
- relieving toothache
- stopping bleeding from hemorrhoids and wounds
- making a sitz bath for cramp-like conditions at the lower pelvic area of females
The primary benefits of using the herb’s leaves and flowers in a tea are the following:
Wound treatment – The herb stops bleeding and has chemicals that kill microbes. The flower is boiled and the water that carries its extracts is used to wash the affected areas.
Amenorrhea control – Yarrow has sterols which help regulate the menstrual cycle. Yarrow is prepared by boiling and cooling. The resulting herbal drink is taken three times a day.
Cold, fever and allergy relief – Yarrow has chemicals that increase body temperature and induce perspiration. This heat helps support the immune system in warding off infection. The flower may be boiled and the steam inhaled or the tea consumed as an herbal remedy. Alternatively, a tincture or essential oil may be made and rubbed on the chest.
Digestive disorders treatment – Drinking Yarrow tea or ingesting the herbal tincture or oil helps in stimulating gastric juices from the pancreas and liver flowing, healing mucus membranes in the digestive tract and soothes inflammation that may cause diarrhea and dysentery.
Without a doubt, using Yarrow is an important natural way of treating wounds, regulating menstruation, alleviating insomnia, and kissing nasal tract worries goodbye. If you are looking for an effective but natural way of healing any of these ailments, you should consider this herb.
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