Yarrow Herbal Remedies and Natural Treatment

Let's learn more about this herb called yarrow.

Yarrow- A Modern Herb

Achillea millefolium is the scientific name of the yarrow.

Occurrences of Yarrow Plant

A perennial herb that originated in Asia and Europe, it grows in several countries across the world. You can even find them growing wild in pastures, fields and road sides. This also shows that yarrow can grow in poor soil with very little care; though, if you're growing the yarrow plant at home, you may like to pamper it with well-drained soil and a sunny patch.

A yarrow plant is about 10-20 inches tall with fibrous and feathery leaves and a single stem. The yarrow flower is in bunches with clusters of tiny flower heads. You can collect the plant and dry it and then use the dried yarrow flower as a herb for flavoring and for its medicinal properties.

Natural Benefits:

The flowers, leaves and the aerial parts are used for medicinal uses. While the flowers of the yarrow plant are rich in chemicals and acts as a fantastic anti-allergenic, the leaves are good for clotting. The aerial parts of the plant are good for digestion as well as for phlegm problems.

Medicinal Benefits of Yarrow:

Yarrow has several medicinal uses. Let's look at each of them -

  • With its blood clotting properties, yarrow is good for healing cuts and bruises. The herb can cure lacerations, abrasions and puncture wounds.
  • This herb is good for treating bleeding from the bowels, urinary bleeding, uterine hemorrhage, menstruation problems, and bleeding ulcers. In fact, it is believed that compresses of yarrow can treat bleeding hemorrhoids.
  • Known as a uterine tonic, yarrow is said to lessen uterine spasms during periods, can improve the tone of the uterus and can increase the blood flow for those with scanty bleeding during menstruation.
  • The salicylic acid in yarrow is good for relieving pain related to gynecologic problems and digestive problems.
  • Yarrow can act as an antiseptic to fight bacterial infections and health issues. The fatty acids and bitter properties in the herb increase the flow of bile to the gall bladder, which enhances digestion and prevents the formation of gallstone.
  • Yarrow is also good for clearing off congested sinuses and coughs.
  • An anti-allergen, this herb can protect you from pollen allergies, dust and dander allergies.
  • While yarrow is used even today for its medicinal properties, this healing herb was used ages ago by Native Americans for curing wounds, bleeding and infections. Even Ayurveda and Chinese medicine uses yarrow to cure problems relating to the energy channels of the body, bladder, kidney, liver and spleen problems.

Administered as:

Yarrow herbs are either brewed into a tea or made into ointments or herbal washes.