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Medicinal Benefits of Yarrow - Where to Buy Yarrow

Updated on March 13, 2010

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In naturopathy, the scientific name of Yarrow is Achillea millefolium and this natural herb has a sweet and spicy flavor. Yarrow is a beautiful aromatic ornamental plant that since ancient times has been popular for its countless medicinal benefits. Other names of yarrow are old man’s pepper, milfoil, gordaldo, nosebleed plant, sanguinary, and devil’s nettle. Achillea millefolium or Yarrow is a perennial herbaceous shrub which belongs to the family of shrubs and plants namely Compositae Tubuliflorae (sunflower family). Yarrow plant has erect stem with panicles of small tightly packed grayish-white or sometimes pinkish lilac colored flowers. The leaves of yarrow plant are large, lanceolate, pinnate and feathery, and this is the reason why it is also called yarrow. Now read some history and symbolism of yarrow herbal plant. Yarrow is a very ancient herb which was used by soothsayers and magicians in Scotland, as this wonderful herb was said to have magical powers that can ward off any types of evil spirits and that is why was kept in churches for that purpose. It is also believed that milfoil is a plant which contains powerful alchemical magic waves of love. This ancient herb was most prized by witches and sorcerers. According to some myth, during the Trojan War, Achilles cured the wounds of his soldiers with the yarrow herb, so they started calling it Aquileia. This magical herbal plant not only healed the wounds and deep lacerations of the soldiers but was also helpful in immediate cessation of bleeding and due to this reason, the soldiers started carrying yarrow herb in their backpacks. Yarrow plant was also nicknamed carpenters or San Jose plant because it has its origins in a French legend in which San Jose, a carpenter) was severely injured while doing his carpentry work and child Jesus found and brought this plant to cure his wounds.

Light pink white yarrow medicinal flowers
Light pink white yarrow medicinal flowers

Origin and Distribution of Yarrow Herb

Yarrow herb can be found in hedges bordered by woodland trails, on hills and slopes, fields and meadows, on rivers and roads, and is generally found in dry places. That is why it it very common in Europe, North America, and Western Asia.

Extraction of Yarrow Herb

The leaves and flowers of yarrow herb are collected immediately before full growth of the plant. Achilles millefolii oleum or yarrow contains a blue colored material due to the presence of azulene and therefore a blue colored essential oil is extracted by distilling dried yarrow flowers.

Medicinal Benefits of Yarrow

Yarrow extract has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, antispasmodic, expectorant, diuretic, carminative, and stimulating properties.

YARROW FOR SKIN: Yarrow has strong moisturizing action on the skin. Yarrow is good for skin as it is rich in tannins and flavonoids and has skin soothing benefits. For oily skin and acne, yarrow tonic for skin and scalp is very beneficial.

YARROW FOR MIND: Yarrow herb has beneficial effects on the nervous system, as it treats problems like headaches and mild migraines.

YARROW FOR STOMACH: Yarrow is good for gastrointestinal system as it treats stomach cramps of intestinal origin.

YARROW FOR BLEEDING: As mentioned above, hemostatic properties of yarrow have been known since ancient times, as it helps in immediate stoppage of bleeding.

YARROW FOR CIRCULATORY SYSTEM: This herbal plant is beneficial in improving problems caused by poor blood circulation for example hemorrhoids and varicose veins.

YARROW FOR FIBROIDS: Antiseptic properties of yarrow help in disinfecting fibroids and wounds.

YARROW FOR STRENGTH: Yarrow is a general strengthener as it stimulates renewal of blood.

YARROW FOR MOTOR SYSTEM: Yarrow relieves back pain and pains caused by rheumatism and headaches.

YARROW FOR TOOTHACHE:  Yarrow root is an anesthetic and helps in relieving toothache. It is interesting to note that old roots of yarrow are much more effective in relieving tooth pain than new roots. To get rid of toothache, apply a paste of old roots and leaves of yarrow directly to the gums or painful teeth. Also, bark of yarrow tree is beneficial for the same purpose.

Some yarrow products available in the market are yarrow balm for the body, yarrow cream for hemorrhoids, yarrow foot cream, yarrow skin toner, yarrow astringent and lotion.


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      Crystal 5 years ago

      I wouldn't exactly say its sweet. It's taste is quite repulsive, however, it really is a miracle herb. I have tolerated because the benefits far out weigh its taste. In fact the more bitter the better! This herb has prevented surgery for hemorraging due to fibroids. It really is amazing. I put three tablespoons of fresh yarrow in hot water and steep it for about 15 mins. I find this to be most helpful for clotting and heavy periods. Sometimes one cup will stop the bleeding entirely or slow it down for about 6 hours. This cup three times a day has helped regulate the menstral cycle.

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      Maria del Pilar Perez 5 years ago from Nicholson, Pennsylvania, USA

      We grow yarrow and drink as hot tea to cure cold symptoms and apply to skin when cut or dry, but the most amazing effect we've found was by accident.

      While brewing hot yarrow tea it fell on my mom's arm causing second and third degree burns. Stubborn as ever we could not make her go to a hospital. She said to wait till morning. We did. The wounds had healed some and the pain was minimal. By five weeks time you could not tell she had been burned. There's no trace of it.

      It seems to work best on wounds when hot (apply with soaked towel on wounds as a compress).

      Another great way to take it is by inhaling it while boiling: it cleans out the bronchials and stimulates healing.

      Great hub!

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yeah, you are right winter52, it will be great if you grow some good herbs in your home garden, yarrow is a good one among them.

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      winter52 7 years ago

      What a fascinating plant. Just moved into a brand new home with bare gardens... Something "magical" in the garden might be perfect!

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's my pleasure Veronica. You are really a great supporter.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Such great information soni. I really appreciate all the reasearch you put into your hubs. Thank you.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Ethel, I am glad that you read the interesting facts about yarrow herb.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I have heard of Yarrow but knew little. Thanks for the comprehensive information

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much Sage Williams,, and Sandyspider for your comments and support on this hub.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Interesting hub.

    • profile image 7 years ago

      Thanks for the education, Soni. I'll now be keeping an eye out for this herb with ancient origins!

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      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      Very informative and well written, it's nice to learn all the medicinal benefits from yarrow. I used to grow this in my perennial garden but had no idea of all the medicinal benefits. Thanks I learned so much.

      Great Job!