Yarrow Flower - Cut, Organic

Herbs: Yarrow Flower - Cut, Organically Grown

Common Names: Yarrow, milfoil, millefolium, soldier’s woundwort, nose bleed, carpenter’s weed, bloodwort, staunchweed
Latin Name: Achillea millefolium
Origin: Croatia

Excerpts from The How to Herb Book

Yarrow Flower is an important herb to have in storage in your home. Yarrow Flower is unsurpassed for flu and fevers.

  • Used abundantly at the beginning of a cold it will usually break it up within 24 hours.
  • Especially good for fevers-produces perspiration. Opens pores and has relaxing action on skin.
  • For fever must be drunk warm or take capsules with warm water or peppermint tea. Yarrow tea is bitter to the taste, but effective.
  • Relieves kidney and bladder problems, infections and mucus discharge from bladder.
  • Equalizes circulation.
  • Healing and soothing to all mucous membranes.
  • Combined with sage, it is good for profuse or irregular menstruation.

Excerpts from Practical Herbalism

Yarrow flower was formerly much esteemed as a vulnerary, and its old names of Soldier’s Wound Wort and Knight’s Milfoil testify to this. Gerard tells us it is the same plant with which Achilles stanched the bleeding wounds of his soldiers, hence the name of the genus, Achillea. By the Ancients themselves, it was called Herba Militaris, the military herb. Its ability to quickly stop nosebleeds gave it another of its popular names. The species name, millefolium, is derived from the many feathery segments of its foliage.

More recently, Dr. Christopher explained why he favored Yarrow flower.
“Yarrow, when administered hot and copiously, will raise the heat of the body, equalize the circulation, and produce perspiration. It opens the pores freely by relaxing the skin, and it purifies the blood of toxins. Yarrow regulates the liver and the secretions of the entire alimentary canal; it tones the mucus membranes of the stomach and bowels, and is healing to the glandular system. Yarrow will never weaken a patient, because of its tonic action.”


Excerpts from Nutritional Herbology

Yarrow flower has been extensively used since Achilles’ time to stanch bleeding in battle wounds and has earned the folk names, soldier’s woundwart, knight milfoil, staunchweed, and herbe militaris. It has also been used in civilian life for internal and external bleeding of all kinds: wounds, sores, rashes, and bleeding piles.

The use of this herb in Western and Chinese folk medicine has been with respect to four activities: 1) astringency of the tannins, 2) irritant action of the volatile oils, 3) the antispasmodic effects of the flavonoids and 4) the hypotensive effects of the alkaloids. Yarrow is used as a tonic, carminative, febrifuge, antispasmodic, astringent, and hemostat.

The volatile oils are responsible for the carminative, febrifuge, expectorant, diuretic and antibiotic properties of yarrow. The method of action being stimulus of mucous membrane and bactericidal.

Contains aromatic compounds that shrink inflamed tissues and promote sweating. It also contains bitter compounds that relieve smooth muscle spasms, reduce blood pressure and stop bleeding.


Excerpts from The ABC Herbal

Yarrow flower has been used to help fevers and colds. The plant contains a volatile oil, similar in composition to chamomile oil, which has been medically documented to be a very effective anti-inflammatory agent. By itself, yarrow tastes bitter, but the addition of peppermint masks this disagreeable flavor.


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Relieves Allergies
by Sara on Jan 20, 2010

A friend pointed out to me that I have yarrow growing in my yard. So, when my husband and I went through a particularly difficult week of allergy problems, we decided to "try a cup of tea." Within ten minutes we simultaneously looked at each with surprised expressions. Our breathing opened and there was a cooling sensation in our airway passages. We continued a daily cup of yarrow tea and continued to improve. Needless to say I am collecting and drying quite a bit of yarrow.



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