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.
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.