Medicinal Herb Profile | Yarrow🍃

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As many of you may know... I have a love for Herbs, especially those that have amazing health benefits and that grow wild around me. It has been entirely too long since I have written an Herbal Profile Post and felt it was time to get back at it!

Yarrow is one of my favorite herbs because it has such a long list of benefits, is safe to use, easy to identify while foraging, while also being a very low maintenance plant to grow yourself.

So, let me introduce you to...

Yarrow🍃

Achillea Millefolium
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Yarrow (or Milfoil) is an herb from the Compositae family that has such amazing multi use purposes. Because of this, it will always have a place in my Medicinal Herb Pantry as well as my garden. Before we get into those benefits though, let’s take a look at some of the history behind the plant.

As with many Healing Herbs, Yarrow has a history as legendary as it’s benefits;

Yarrow has been used for centuries in Chinese Medicine as well as by Native Americans for its healing properties, but the one legend that it’s most know for is its apparent role in The Battle Of Troy. The story goes that the great Greek warrior Achilles, used the plant to aid in healing wounds that he and his soldiers suffered while in the field. The Latin name for the plant, Achillea most likely stems from this story and literally translates to of Achilles.

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Healing Benefits🍃

Achilles’ choice of Yarrow is not surprising considering its ability to staunch blood flow, while also helping to ease pain and actually speed up the healing process itself. This is due to its high level of active constituents- including azulene, eugenol, camphor, rutin, salicylic acid and tannins.

While Yarrow’s ability to stop bleeding and heal wounds is extremely impressive, it’s benefits don’t stop there;

It is an antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, anti inflammatory, an excellent diaphoretic, vasodilator, febrifuge, haemostatic, diuretic, alterative, digestive, tonic, bitter tonic, hepatic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antihistamine, analgesic, expectorant, an emmenagogue, antiviral, stimulant, tonic, a vasodilator, and vulnerary wound healer.

Whew! That’s a lot right?

So what does that all mean? Well, it means that Yarrow can be used to help aid in a long list of ailments including but not limited to the following;

  • Mild digestive aid
  • Helps to heal eczema and other skin ailments
  • Stops bleeding (used externally)
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces fevers
  • Helps the body naturally expel toxins
  • May aid in the treatment of hypertension
  • Improves sleep due to its mild sedative properties
  • Helps to regulate menstrual flow and alleviate cramps
  • Prevent and treat frequent bruising
  • Heals dry skin
  • Speeds up the healing time of external injuries


Uses🍃

Taking advantage of these amazing healing properties is relatively easy to do; You can simply use the fresh herb directly on ailments or you can make an ointment/salve, tea, or tincture.

Ointments/Salves

This is how I personally utilize Yarrow most often and it can be used topically to help with;

  • Minor cuts, scrapes and bruises
  • Rashes (eczema, psoriasis, diaper rash, etc)
  • Bug bites
  • Bruising
  • Dry skin
  • Acne breakouts and scars

Yarrow is one of the Healing Herbs I use in my Herbal Healing Ointment, which has replaced store bought antibiotic ointment (like Neosporin) in our home.

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Stay tuned for a video tutorial coming this week!

Teas and Tinctures

A tea (or infusion) can be made with the fresh or dry herb and enjoyed up to three times a day. A tincture is the process of using alcohol to extract the benefits of the herb and you are left with a much more potent substance. Tinctures can be used for the same ailments as tea but have a longer shelf life and because of its potency, only about 1 tsp (up to 3x day) is needed. Either can be taken internally for the following;

  • Digestive aid
  • Relieve cramps and regulate menstrual flow
  • Prevent bruising
  • Promote good sleep
  • Reduce fever
  • Internal cleansing (Helps to induce persperation that helps the body naturally expel harmful toxins)
  • Reduce inflammation

Fresh Herb

Every part of the Yarrow plant can be used and many times the easiest way to use it is in its natural state. This is extremely useful when out and about on hikes, camping trips, or in survival situations when you don’t have access to ointments/tinctures etc. The leaves/flowers can be crushed and applied topically to alleviate the following;

  • Toothache
  • External injuries (crushed and applied directly will stop bleeding)
  • Minimize itching of bug bites
  • Rashes (nettle, poison oak, etc.)

Being able to identify the herb while in nature is therefore important, luckily Yarrow is a relatively easy plant to identify once you know what you are looking for.




Identification🍃

Yarrow can be found growing wild in most areas in the US, as well as worldwide. It prefers sunny to lightly shaded areas with moist, rich soil. It is a hardy perennial that usually will come back to the same location year after year. So, once you’ve found an area where it thrives you can essentially have a never ending supply as long as you practice responsible harvesting/propagating.

The Leaves

Are narrow, aromatic and have a beautiful feathery or fern like texture. They are deeply cut and dark grayish-green in color. In early spring you can find little patches as shown here;

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The Stock

Is hollow, ridged and starts to branch out towards the top of the plant, while also being green in color. The plant itself normally reaches anywhere from 1-3 feet in height depending on its growing conditions. The buds start to develop at the top of the plants in clusters like so;

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The Flowers

Are small, dull white, sometimes pink (it’s true I’ve seen it!), flattish clusters with a yellow center, with a light scent and bloom from summer to autumn.

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Proof of the elusive pink Yarrow

The Yarrow plant can be found growing along roadsides, fields, forests and everywhere in between. It’s also easy to grow and makes a great addition to any garden because of its ability to help nearby plants fight off disease while deepening their fragrance and flavor.




As you can see, Yarrow is an extremely beneficial herb and I hope that this has convinced you that it should be one of your favorites as well. So, get out there and see if this amazing herb is growing in your backyard!

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Thanks so much for reading,

Justine


All photos are my own and taken by yours truly. All information found in this post has been gathered over the last few years while teaching myself about the healing benefits of herbs.

References include;
The Complete Book Of Herbs By Lesley Bremness
The Herb Book By John Lust

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Another awesome post, Justine...
Loved all the pictures too

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Thank you Priscilla ❤️❤️❤️

Yarrow is as beautiful as it is healing, so taking photos of it is always fun. Plus that pink one is 😍

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It is indeed a beautiful flower... I'm not quite sure I have seen it around here... trying to get rid of dry cough lasting for more than 3 weeks, guess it's time to go to the doctor in brief... any recommendations?

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I always go for marshmallow root for a cough or sore throat. Also some nettle for overall health. I hope you feel better soon!

Very exhaustive presentation of an extremely useful herb. You should use the #naturalmedicine for this type of content. It is exactly the kind of post they promote!
And if you don't mind, a minor correction from a Greek :)
It is said that Achilles was using that same herb for his wounded men and that's where the name of the plant came from but not for himself since he was invulnerable (except his heel but that's another story).

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Oh thank you! I’ll update the tag, I never know what to use haha. I’m glad there are initiatives supporting natural medicine ❤️

Well I always assumed it was the Yarrow that made him invulnerable 😉

Thank you for the tips and I hope you are doing well!

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More than welcome :)

Yarrow is one of my favourites too, hard to find it where I live now, but so abundant in Ireland, these is a great post, so informative and loving all your photos, you should use the naturalmedicine tag xx and come check out their discord group xxx

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I really appreciate that thank you! I updated the tag and will be checking out the group.

Very good explanation! Very practical, too. Mostly I read which plant is good for healing certain illnesses but you explain exactly how it is applied. Thank you!

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Thank you! I find that sometimes it’s hard to learn about natural healing because you have to look in so many different areas to get information about one herb. My goal behind these profiles was to do an easy overview all in one place for those who were curious or wanted to learn more. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, thank you ❤️

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Yes, that's what I liked about it!

Great post
Look forward to the video
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Thank you! Hopefully I actually get it done then 😆

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I'm sure you will

Along with your herbs
Have you considered fasting and intermittent fasting as part of your health and healing process

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Is there such a thing as yarrow with yellow flowers?

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Yes! It’s called Moonshine Yarrow but is a different species. I don’t have any personal experience with it, but my understanding is that the healing properties are very similar. Do you have it growing where you are?

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Yes, at least I think that's what it is. Same leaves and plant stalk, but yellow flower bunches. It's growing along the road close to the house, and out in the fields here.

This is a gem of an article... One day herbs will be back on the main agenda...
I didn't know or really pay attention to Yarrow, but i will kep a look out for it now.

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Awww thank you 🤗

I completely agree, and I think it’s great that more and more individuals are turning to herbs to replace some of the store bought items we are so use to buying. I think herbs are making a come back for sure!

Oh yes, Yarrow is beautiful and so many benefits! Let me know if you find it near you!

You do make some lovely, informative content 😊

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Only if there are gifs though 😂

I love yarrow! I have tons of it growing in my yard. I don't use it much, but like knowing it's there in case I need some. What a fabulous post! :)

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Thank you so much! Yes, it’s comforting to know it’s there just in case for sure. My main use for it is in the healing ointment, but I do like to have some on hand just in case.

Sounds awesome. I am familiar with the name but not with what it looks like, which is probably pretty common.
I like when we can find these natural wonders almost anywhere. I am going to have to look for these when I am out on a walk now.

I did not know about this one .. I had to look for the spanish name.. turns out the name of this one is ''Milenrama'' apparently they are quite common and you can get them in many colors here :)

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though it looks like they are only sold for ornamental purposes.. i'll have to look around some more.. I like herbal teas :) (gives me a little break from coffee)

Love the pics btw :)

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Great post. I love Yarrow. It's growing all around our garden.

That's fascinating. Salicylic acid is basically asprin which thins blood and exasperates asthma and eczema, yet yarrow is beneficial for bleeding and these conditions. Obviously the anti-inflammatory properties would be useful without the side effects but in the plant it is perfectly balanced with other actives to get the most out of the good and reduce the unwanted effects.
The power and wisdom of nature never fails to astonish me.

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