Yarrow: The Wonder Herb from the Past


Hakima Raziyah Mumin

arrow is an old fashioned herb.  This herb was used during the Trojan War in 1200 B.C.  Greeks, Romans, American Indians, and modern-day herbalists have put this herb to the test.  This herb was a part of the United States Pharmacopeia from 1863-1882.   It has been used for an array of illnesses.  It is a plant that grows freely, in N. America, Europe, Asia, and its medicinal properties are outstanding.  Wherever yarrow grows, it improves the quality of the soil and is an insect repellant.  It is closely related to chamomile and chrysanthemum.  Scientists have identified over 100 chemical compounds inside of the yarrow plant.   

In manufacturing, yarrow is used as a cosmetic cleanser and a shampoo.  The young leaves and flowers are also used in salads.  Wild yarrow contains tocopherols (vitamin E), it has blood-thinning properties, the same as coumarin.  It also has antibiotic properties.  It is known to stop bleeding on contact. It is high in vitamins A, E, and F. It contains manganese, potassium, iron, and iodine and is a trusted herb that has been continuously relied upon. 

Other uses of Yarrow

Blood Cleanser -Yarrow acts as a blood cleanser.  It helps fight infection due to colds, flu, and fevers.  Blood cleansers can be used for all illnesses as they clean the blood and cells.

 Colon Troubles- This plant is very good at helping the colon regenerate itself.  Physicians of the past and today understand that when bacterial poisons are absorbed within the colon, abnormalities within the colon occur.  Chronic constipation or improper bowel functions are responsible for most illnesses.   Proper bowel function is the prerequisite to good health in general. 

 Colds, Fever, Flu- Yarrow promotes sweating, which is good for feverish cold symptoms.  When the body has a cold it tries to squeeze the toxins out by sneezing, coughing, and through a fever.  Yarrow has antibacterial properties, which fight infections of all kinds.  

A very helpful herbal combination for colds is the following: Use 1 tsp of the following herbs, yarrow, elderflowers, boneset, and licorice.  Take a cup full every 3 hours.  It is a very good expectorant.

 Overall, yarrow is also good for the following: Urinary problems, nose bleeds, pneumonia, jaundice, hair loss, lowers blood pressure, bronchitis, cramps, female disorders, cancer, burns, and catarrh.

If a person has catarrhs (which is an excessive amount of mucus within the system), a mixture of the following herbs can be used to treat it: 2 tsp. wild yarrow flowers, 1 Tbsp. eyebright, 1 pinch of cinnamon bark. Steep all of the herbs in a cup of water.  Allow the mixture to cool.  Apply to the eyes using a cotton ball or eye dropper 3x’s a day.  Change your diet to a mucus-less diet, which omits carbohydrates and dairy.  The body will heal itself, with the permission of Allah Ta Ala.  

Yarrow is also very good at shrinking hemorrhoids.  Equal portions of the herbs yarrow and witch hazel are very effective at stopping bleeding and shrinking the area.

A study was published in 2013 by Phytotherapy Research that revealed yarrow is beneficial at lowering blood pressure and opening airways due to asthma.  This roadside gem is waiting for the picking –  free of charge and placed exactly where Allah Ta Ala wants it to be!