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.
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,