An herb used for over 60,000 years and found in Neanderthal Herb burial sites in Iraq, yarrow is an incredible healing herb seen as only a weed in modern times. Yarrow, otherwise known as Achillea millefolium, Knight’s Milfoil, or Carpenter’s grass, is not only antimicrobial, it also relieves pain and stops bleeding.
Yarrow works to build heat in the body, and can help fight infection by helping to break a fever. Drinking yarrow tea can actually help the body rid itself of infection naturally. Additionally, yarrow is so good at stopping excess blood flow that it is often administered to those who suffer from nose bleeds. Drug companies have even tried to make drugs from Yarrow for this purpose, but the root itself is just as effective and doesn’t cost Big Pharma money to use.
According to the University of Maryland, one study on this herb found it to be very effective at lessening menstrual cramps. Yarrow is full of flavonoids, important plant compounds that smooth out the lining of the intestines and uterus. Yarrow is even a mild sedative so it can be used to soothe anxiety. It boosts urine production since it’s a diuretic too, so you can more easily move toxins out of the body.
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For pennies you can get Yarrow supplements, or you can even harvest it for free if you are able to spot Yarrow growing wildly. It has white flower heads and grows along roadways and wherever there is a sufficient amount of standing water (though it can withstand drought quite well).
Overview of How Yarrow can Help You:
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Breaks Fever (brings temperature down via sweating)
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Menstrual cramps and pain
- Muscle spasms
- Helps with appetite
- Fights infection
- Reduces bleeding
- A diuretic to increase urine flow
- Wound healing
This plant is closely related to the chrysanthemum family, which may be it has the same calming effects as chamomile tea. Yarrow can be taken internally as a tincture or tea, or applied as a salve to wounds to stop blood and increase healing. This is no weed, it’s a wonderful, medicinal herb!
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.