Yarrow   Achilles millefolium


Parts used:  all aerial parts

Yarrow was used and valued by ancient Greeks.  The Latin name Achilles is from the legend of the same name.  He used it on his soldiers, calling it “military weed”.  Millifolium is Latin for “a thousand leaves”.  The leaves of yarrow are very fine and feathery.

Achillea millefolium - leaves (scan)

Medicinal Actions of Yarrow:  diaphoretic, hypotensive, astringent, diuretic, antiseptic, stimulant, emmengogue, vulnerary, anti-catarrhal, hepatic

Some plant constituents yarrow contains:  volatile oils, flavonoids, tannins, bitter alkaloid, potassium, calcium, selenium, silicon, phosphorous, lysine, beta-carotine, iron, inulin.

Historical Uses:   Hot Infusion – for colds, flu combine with peppermint , elder flowers, and/or boneset, diarrhea, hemorrhage of lungs and bowel, eruptive skin diseases, indigestion, gastritis, colitis, tonic to nerves, hypertension with hawthorn, lime blossom, and mistletoe, suppressed urine, colic, jaundice, typhoid fever, diabetes.

Yarrow can be used dried or fresh to make a tea.  An ointment can also be made with yarrow and used for old and new wounds, burns, ulcers, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and eczema.  Fresh leaves will staunch bleeding, just crush them and make a quick poultice.

Yarrow tea drunk as hot as can be tolerated is super for cleansing out toxins via the skin, our largest organ.  We have upwards of 2 million sweat glands and when they are functioning correctly they can eliminate putrid mucusy matter fast.

My sister was having trouble with her monthly cycle after going off the “pill”, and the first herb we used was yarrow.  She drunk about 2 cups every morning on her way to work.  By the time she got there , her drive was about 30 minutes, she had sweat beads on her face!  She did this for 2 weeks, and then we switched to different teas to help her get back to normal.  It was not long before she was expecting her first baby.    

Yarrow is one of my favorite teas to employ for any ailment due to its cleansing and toning properties.  It tastes bitter, but that is one of the attributes that makes it medicinal.   Yarrow is very easy to grow and you can harvest much of it to dry for later use.  I have actually moved my yarrow patch 3 times and it still grows beautifully.

So, now you have learned about a great medicinal herb and how to use it.  Hope this inspires you to maybe research it some more and try it out.

Love life & breathe deep,



3 thoughts on “Yarrow

  1. It does and I want to read more of your posts about medicinal herbs. I grow a lot of cooking herbs and mint and lavender, the latter two which I don’t use enough. My herbs all self sow and spread so I have tons. I have rosemary, oregano, basil, chives, parsley, thyme.
    Any ideas on what to do with the mint? I use it in water with lemon.
    I don’t use the lavender. Any thoughts? I buy lavender for the bath which is dumb, huh?
    Also, I can add any herbs, What all around medicinal herb would you recommend?
    Love this info!


    • Cindy,
      Hope all is well with you. Yeah, for the mint, just dry it and use it in any tea you make, it is a great stimulant to the cells. You can also make mint jelly with it. The lavender is great dried too, and you can use it in the bath also. Simply put some in a tea bag and toss it in the bath water. Lavender is also good for stress headaches and soothes the nerves, add some to your tea. Make a sleep pillow with lavender, it is a valuble aromatic herb excellent for stress, tension, and depression. The best all-round herb I can think of is garlic. This herb actually kept the “Four Thieves” from getting sick while they plundered the dead bodies during the Black Plague. Comfrey is my second choice because is heals minor and major wounds and burns, helps cure chest complaints as serious as consumption and flu down to conjestion and bronchitis.


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