Medicinal Effects Of Common Yarrow

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
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Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium) is indigenous to the northern hemisphere. The stems group up to a meter in length and have hairy leaves all along it. The leaves at the bottom of the stem are large and they gradually get smaller as they get closer to the flower. The flower are a whitish to pinkish color. It flowers in early summer and grows actively during the spring.

The common yarrow plant is very good at dealing with dry weather conditions, even droughts. It is great for stopping your soil from eroding because of it’s ability to withstand dry conditions. The seed must be planted shallowly because it requires light and a temperature of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit to germinate. The soil it is planted in must also drain well. Common yarrow can be considered a problem plant because it grows rampantly and can invade your gardens like a weed.

Historically, yarrow has many uses as a natural medicine. The most active part of the plant, as a medicine, is the flowers. Yarrow is used for treating inflammation in the body. It is effective at helping to clot the blood and, strangely enough, helping it to flow more freely. It also is very good at treating headaches.

Yarrow is used to combat the flu and minor colds, today. It also has strong medicinal effect on the excretory, digestive, urinary and circulatory systems.

The yarrow plant is processed by using steam to convert the flowers into medicinal compounds. You can drink an infusion of yarrow to help with mucus problems that are caused by allergies or hay fever. An external wash can also be made that is excellent for helping with eczema of the skin. If you suffer with asthma you can boil the flowers and inhale the fumes to help treat the symptoms.

The essential oil that comes from the flowers makes a great chest rub for the flu or minor colds. It can also be used as an anti-inflammatory. If you are dealing with inflamed joints then making a massage oil is easy. All you need to do is start with a 25 ml base of St. John’s wort and add 5-10 drops of yarrow oil into it.

The leaves of the yarrow plant are used to help the blood clot or flow more freely. So they can be inserted into the nose to help stop it from bleeding. Be careful because it can also cause the nose to start bleeding.

Yarrow makes a strong ally in any medicine cabinet and should always be used carefully, especially if you are using it to clot blood flow. There are many other uses for the yarrow plant that I haven’t mentioned here so you should do a little bit more research on it.

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