Yarrow – Achillea millefolium
- Created: 31 July 2014
Family - Asteraceae
The genus is named after Achilles who used it to heal his wounded soldiers.
Yarrow has always been regarded as a plant of great power, both as a protection against evil and to help invoke black magic.
Yarrow was used in early Chinese divination, as I Ching sticks. The ancient druids and Anglo-Saxons have long used yarrow for its medicinal and magically properties.
Powdered yarrow leaves used to used as snuff to ‘cleanse the head of slimy humours.’
Achillein, choline, valeric acid, formic acid, methyl alcohol.
Essence composed of limonene, pinene, thujone, borneol, eucalyptol, azulene.
Yarrow is high in vitamins and minerals
Contains coumarin and thujone.
Actions and Indications Dosage
• Peripheral Vasodilator
• Menstrual Regulator
• Urinary Antiseptic
Yarrow has been used for conditions such as acute and chronic bronchitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, colds and flu, diarrhoea, dysmenorrhoea, fevers, gastrointestinal infections, hepatitis, hypertension, menorrhagia, uterine myoma, and varicose veins.
The tea is a good tonic; it will help restore lost appetite. The tea can be used at the commencement of flu’s and colds and especially in the commencement of fevers.
A decoction of the whole plant is employed for bleeding piles and kidney disorders.
This decoction is also believed to help reduce baldness by applying the decoction to the head.
Fresh leaves are used to help allay toothache.
Yarrow is a great wound healing herb as it is astringent, healing and high in vitamins and minerals. Bound fresh bruised leaves can be applied to cuts.
Yarrow acts as a compost activator. It encourages the process of fermentation.
A strong infusion can be used to fertilise the garden, especially soils deficient in copper.
When yarrow is grown in the garden it is said to increase the health of nearby plants.
2-4ml of 1:1
Use with caution during pregnancy.
May help stop menstrual bleeding.
Can cause hypersensitivity and skin reactions with some individuals.