Hakimah’s Corner Yarrow – One of Nature’s Purifying Herbs



God Almighty has graced us with many wonderful herbs to help us heal ourselves.  A well-known and multi-purposeful herb is yarrow – a plant which has been used for thousands of years.  It is recognized world-wide as a wound healer; it fights infection and stops bleeding.  During World War One, the soldiers took it to the battlefields. Doctors and soldiers put it directly into open wounds. 


 In Nordic countries, it was used in place of Hops for the production of beer.  Native Americans would roll the leaves up and put them directly into the nostrils to stop nose bleeds, and the juice of this plant is used for red eyes.  Yarrow has antibiotic and antibacterial properties, which makes it good for colds, influenza, and bronchitis.  It also contains salicylic acid, a chemical similar to aspirin, which makes it good for pain. That being said, if you are allergic to aspirin you may also be allergic to yarrow.  Yarrow has an effect upon the entire body.  It contains vitamins A, C,E, and K.  It grows throughout North America and is extremely beneficial to all households.  No home should be without it.  It is considered a general tonic,and relaxes the nervous system.  Here is a list of the other medicinal, healing benefits attributed to yarrow;

1.      It stimulates digestion and is very helpful to the liver.

2.      It alleviates gastrointestinal ailments

3.      It is antispasmodic, stopping spasms in the body

4.      It stops internal bleeding and external bleeding

5.      Very effective in treating wounds

6.      It is beneficial for gynecological complaints

7.      It qwells painful menstruation, by reducing heavy flow

8.      It controls bleeding of the lungs

9.      As a salve, it is good for burns and as a wash for cuts and sores

10.    It is antiseptic (kills germs)

11.    It dries out colds, flu and fever

12.    Used as a tea or as a salve, it is very helpful for hemorrhoids

13.    Beneficial in joint pain

14.    It removes toxins from the body by sweating them out; it promotes sweating

15.    It is a diuretic- promotes the elimination of excess fluids

16.    It heals uterine blockage;  it also improves the uterine muscle tone and reduces uterine  spasms.

17.    It stops diarrhea

18.    It is used as a gargle for sore throat.

19.    It has been used for abscesses

20.    It is a blood purifier

21.    It strengthens the stomach and the urinary tract

22.  It is good for gout and arthritis

23.  When it is made into a tea, it can be used for baldness, and it promotes healthy hair                     growth when used in your final rinse

24.  Chewing the root stops tooth pain

25.  A strong tea is used for eye infection

26.  It is also used for hay fever, however people who are known to be allergic to ragweed should avoid yarrow.

27.  It is also a cardiovascular helper because it lessens blood clots and is good for thrombosis – blood clots in the veins.

28.  When it is equally mixed with the herb Shepherd’s Purse, it will (God willing) stop hemorrhaging during child birth. Yarrow mixes well with other herbs to assist in the healing process.  A good mix for colds and flu are yarrow, elderberry leaves, and peppermint leaves.  This trio combats the nastiest of colds.

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Achillea millefolium or yarrow is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to the Northern Hemisphere. yarrow was known as herbal militaris, for its use in staunching the flow of blood from wounds.