Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a herb "good for all" ailments. It fights infections and viruses and is a real help in injuries or bleeding.

Although considered an ordinary plant because of its vast spread, Yarrow is being used regularly throughout the life of a man.

This herb has been known since antiquity. According to a legend, Achilles, who was wounded in a battle at the heel tendon ("Achilles tendon"), was the first recipient of its healing virtues.

Yarrow is a help for some serious diseases, but it is considered primarily a women's medicinal plant.

Pharmaceutical action

Internally: bronchodilator, bronchial antispasmodic, expectorant, reduces gastric secretions, gastrointestinal disinfectant and calming, biliary antispasmodic, hemorrhoid decongestant, analgesic (relieves pain), haemostatic (helps blood clotting), antipruritic (alleviates the symptoms of itching).

Externally: anti-inflammatory and disinfectant (bath or compresses), facilitates cicatrizing.

Yarrow internal treatments

1. Having a high antiseptic action, Yarrow can be used with confidence in various respiratory, liver or bladder infections. Yarrow is effective in treating colds, asthma, acute rhinitis, rhinosinusitis.

Achillein, a substance secreted by Yarrow flowers, protects us from all kinds of infections. This substance changes the membrane resistance, which will become less permeable to viruses and bacteria.

Drink 0.5-1 l / 16.9-37 oz Yarrow combined infusion per day, in the course of 30 days.

2. Yarrow is useful in diseases of the stomach, liver and gastrointestinal tract inflammation.

Yarrow has beneficial effects on the digestive tract removing loss of appetite, anorexia (it increases appetite due to bitter taste of Achillein), nausea, burning sensation in the stomach. It also eliminates bloating and stomach cramps, regulates seats etc..

* Dyspepsia, indigestion
Mix in equal proportions Yarrow and Artichoke (Cynara scolymus) tinctures. Take 1 teaspoon diluted in water from this mixture 10 minutes before each meal.

Both plants improve digestive peristalsis, increase secretion of gastric juices and reduce nausea or loss of appetite.

* Colitis (inflammation of the colon), Spastic Colon (also known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, and sometimes improperly termed spastic colitis).

Some aromatic substances and flavonoids from Yarrow significantly reduce inflammation in the small and the large intestine, help cicatrize injured epithelium and effectively combat digestive spasms.

Drink Yarrow combined infusion, 2-3 cups per day, over a period of 35 days. Then pause for 2 weeks, after which treatment can be resumed if necessary.

For colitis, the therapeutic effects of Yarrow flowers are more powerful in combination with St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum).

* Cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder)
The volatile oil in Yarrow flowers has inflammatory and soothing effects on the gallbladder.

Grind the flowers and take 1 teaspoon of powder 4 times daily on an empty stomach, in the course of 3 weeks, with 10 days of rest.

* Biliary dyskinesia (disorder of the bile-evacuating mechanism)
The active principles of Yarrow have very intense choleretic effects (promotes bile evacuation). Achillein increases 4 times the amount of bile secreted, and reduce blood pressure.

Drink half a cup of Yarrow combined infusion, 20-30 minutes before each meal. The treatment lasts 30 days and can be resumed after 2 weeks break.

* Hepatitis (infectious liver disease)
The fresh juice from Yarrow stems and flowers has hepatoprotective effect

Yarrow fresh juice is prepared daily and dranked immediately after filtration, 50-60 ml / 1.7-2 oz one time a day. The treatment lasts for 60 days, followed by another 20 days of rest.

3. Yarrow has analgesic effects, removing pain. Thus, it is indicated in neuralgia, back pain or rheumatic, gout, osteoporosis, migraines and angina.

For neuritis (inflammation of a nerve) do hand and feet baths with Yarrow.

Migraine caused by weather changes is often relieved by a cup of hot Yarrow tea dranked slowly. Migraine may disappear if you drink Yarrow tea regularly.

Yarrow tea is also indicated for dizziness, nausea, eye pain, headaches.

4. Because of its haemostatic effect, Yarrow is used in various types of bleeding: nosebleeds, gastrointestinal (especially gastric), vagina, bladder or in case of bleeding hemorrhoids, haematemesis (vomiting of blood), melena (black, "tarry" feces because of gastrointestinal hemorrhage), stomach heartburn.

Studies showed that some alkaloids of the plant promote rapid cicatrizing of internal and external injuries. It was noted that Achillein extracted from Yarrow, administered intravenously on animals, decreased bleeding time.

As an adjuvant for internal bleeding, drink 1 - 1.5 l / 34 - 50.7 oz Yarrow combined infusion per day.

For bleeding hemorrhoids it is recommended an infusion from Yarrow and Nettle leaves, 2-3 cups per day.

You can also use an ointment from Yarrow flowers for hemorrhoids.

5. Yarrow is also recommended in various intestinal parasitosis - intestinal worms, giardiasis etc..

For intestinal worms drink an infusion from 10 g / 0.35 oz of herb in 100 ml of water, in the morning before breakfast.

6. Acne
Medical institutes studies showed that acne is triggered by digestive and metabolic problems caused by modern diet, by susceptibility to skin infections, and hormonal problems.

Yarrow has both antimicrobial action (acting against bacteria, especially) and stimulates the digestive process. Having a hormonal effect and a good detoxifier for liver and bile, Yarrow is effective in treating acne.

Drink a combined infusion of Yarrow, 1 l / 34 oz per day, in 2 rounds, in the morning and evening for 60 days.

7. Bone marrow and circulatory system
Yarrow acts directly on bone marrow, stimulating hematopoiesis (blood formation). Therefore, Yarrow is recommended in bone marrow diseases and leukemia. Drink tea, take baths and massages with Yarrow tincture.

Yarrow also helps circulatory disease and vascular spasms and is recommended in coronary heart disease (angina pectoris).

Yarrow activates the peripheral circulation, it reduces blood pressure, improves circulation and attenuates varicose veins.

Yarrow external treatments

Open wounds and scratches
Put a compress with fresh juice or Yarrow tincture on the affected area for 60 minutes. Repeat the application several times a day.

The cicatrizing effect is amazingly fast. It is recommended that you disinfect the wound very carefully to remove any infectious germs before the scar tissue is formed under the action of the plant.

Yarrow oil helps heal burns fast and esthetic. Apply 3 times daily on the affected area until healed.

Suppurating wounds, varicose ulcers, eczema, inflamed skin and mucous membranes
Use Yarrow in baths or compresses or gargle in abscessed teeth. For baths put 30-60 g / 1.06-2.12 oz in 1 l / 34 oz water.

Skin allergy
Put compresses with combined infusion of Yarrow on the affected area for 2 hours per day minimum.

The aromatic substances (azulenes) from Yarrow have anti-inflammatory and antiallergic effects and reduce itching, burning and edema (an abnormal accumulation of fluid beneath the skin).

Irritated skin
Compresses with Yarrow tea calms irritated skin.

Excessive sweating
Baths with Yarrow aqueous extract, 2-3 times per week, especially in summer months, reduce sweating, prevent skin rash caused by sweat and dust and keep the skin healthy.

Put 5 l / 170 oz of combined infusion of Yarrow in the bath and bathe for 30 minutes.

Precautions and contraindications

  • Yarrow is administered with caution in pregnant women.
  • In people with allergic sensitivity to plants in the Asteraceae family, Yarrow can cause contact dermatitis and respiratory catarrh.
  • Studies conducted on animals found that high doses of Yarrow enhance the effect of sedative and antihypertensive drugs and can also counteract the effects of anticoagulants.

    Very high doses of Yarrow (10-20 g / 0.35-0.7 oz daily) for long periods should be avoided.

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