Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

yarrowYarrow (Achillea millefolium), also known as milfoil, carpenter’s weed, bloodwort and under other names, is among the oldest known herbal remedies and medicinal herbs which has been used for more than three millenia. Yarrow is a perennial herb which grows in North America, Europe and some Asian territories.In ancient times yarrow was primarily used to stop bleeding and treat wounds. Nowadays, applications of yarrow and its extracts are various and vast.

The main constituents of yarrow include the following phytoelemnts: essential oils, sesquiterpenoids, campesterol, triterpenes and others. Yarrow is known for its excellent natural therapeutic benefits, including anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, astrigent, antispasmodic, diuretic, sedative, antiseptic, antibiotic and other properties. It is mostly used in the form of therapeutic yarrow tea (infusion) or as a tincture. Health benefits of yarrow and yarrow tea include the following effects:

  • Yarrow promotes the function of our digestive system, stimulated the secretion of digestive juice and increases appetite.
  • It can be used to relieve colic, flatulence and cramps.
  • Highly effective anti-inflammatory properties of yarrow can help those who suffer from arthritis pains.
  • Yarrow tea is an effective herbal remedy to treat the symptoms of common cold, asthma, sore throat and so on.
  • Curing fever is an important health benefits of yarrow.
  • This herb promotes blood circulation and regulates blood pressure.
  • Yarrow tea can be effectively used to stimulate menstruation, calm down menstrual cramps and pains.
  • This tea can be effectively used for detoxification and increased sweating
  • Yarrow can be used to stop bleeding, including intestinal bleeding.
  • This herbal remedy can be used to treat migraines and headaches.
  • Health benefits of yarrow include relieving nervous spasms and contractions in muscles.
  • Yarrow infusion can be used externally to calm down low back pains.
  • The same infusion can be used internally to lower the risks of varicose and strengthen veins.
  • Yarrow tea is high in tannins which play a role in strengthening gums and teeth.
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