Yarrow / Achillea Millefolium

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Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) has seen historical use as a medicine, mainly because of its astringent effects.

Can be us used to treat inflammations such as piles (hemorrhoids), and also headaches.

Infusions of Achillea millefolium taken either internally or externally is said to speed recovery from severe bruising. The most medicinally active part of the plant are the flowering tops. They also have a mild stimulant effect.

Yarrow is also good for colds and influenza, and also for its effect on the circulatory, digestive, and urinary systems.

The flowers, rich in chemicals are converted by steam into anti-allergenic compounds. The flowers are used for various allergic mucus problems, including hay fever. Harvest during summer and autumn. Drink the infused flower for upper respiratory phlegm or use externally as a wash for eczema. Inhale for hay fever and mild asthma, use fresh in boiling water.

The leaves encourage clotting, so it can be used fresh for nosebleeds. However, inserting a leaf in the nostril may also start a nosebleed; this was once done to relieve migraines. Harvest throughout the growing season.

The aerial parts are used for phlegm conditions, as a bitter digestive tonic to encourage bile flow, and as a diuretic.

The aerial parts act as a tonic for the blood, stimulate the circulation, and can be used for high blood pressure. Also useful in menstrual disorders, and as an effective sweating remedy to bring down fevers. Harvest during flowering.

Soak a pad in an infusion or dilute tincture to soothe varicose veins.

Yarrow can intensifie the medicinal action of other herbs taken with it and can help eliminate toxins from the body.

Added by wikiherbia on Sat 7 Jul 2012 on 6:30 pm GMT

Updated by Abbie Thoms on Thu 12 Jul 2012 at 5:52 pm GMT