The name of the yarrow would be inherited from that of Achille who would have used it to heal himself. But studies claim that the use dates from Neanderthals rather than antiquity. The plant lives in temperate zones, in Europe, Asia and South America. It belongs to the Asteraceae family and bears the scientific name of Achillea Millefolium. In natural medicine, its leaves and flowers are used. It contains 82 chemical constituents. It has antioxidant properties thanks to flavonoids. It also contains alkaloids, polyacetylenes and terpenes. It is also rich in amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, coumarins and tannins.
In which cases to use yarrow?
I’yarrow has multiple medicinal uses. It is used for internal processing and external applications.
This plant is used to treat digestive disorders. It alleviates stomach and intestinal spasms. It treats colds and infections of the respiratory system. It helps reduce fever. It acts as a diuretic and helps the elimination of toxins. It cures cystitis and inflammation of the bladder or urethra as well as dyspepsia. It promotes blood circulation in the reproductive system. It relieves menstrual disorders.
Applied to lesions, achillea millefolium produces healing effects and stops bleeding. It calms skin irritations and pelvic pain during menstruation. It has antiseptic properties and prevents infections.
Uses of Yarrow in Herbal Medicine
The yarrow enters the constitution of many forms of remedies. They serve to cure many health conditions.
The infusion is prepared with two spoonfuls of leaves immersed in 150 ml of boiling water. To treat digestive and menstrual problems, a spoonful of the infusion is drunk during the three meals.
This infusion is also used as a compress to apply to a wound.
The bath is made with 100 grams of dry leaves. They are infused in a liter of water. The mixture is then poured into a bath of about 20 liters.
The essential oil is preferably used diluted in vegetable oil. It is used both internally and externally.
The sheet can be used without subjecting it to any transformation. It is placed as it is inside the nostrils. This trick is effective in stopping nasal bleeding.
One leaf poultice yarrow chewed can act as a blood thinner.
Precautions for use and contraindications
Plant-based substances should not be applied to open wounds. Their use is not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding and during anticoagulant treatment. They are not suitable for young children.
Some components can induce allergic skin reactions and more rarely photosensitivity.