Herbal Spotlight: Yarrow

I’ve always been drawn to Yarrow (Achillea millefolium). It grows all over my yard and in my herb garden.  It’s clear it has some powerful properties by the way it makes me feel when I pick it.  I’ve been doing a bit more in-depth study on it and its amazing benefits.

         Yarrow in my Garden

Yarrow is most widely known for its ability to stop bleeding, whether it be on wounds or internally.  It can also help in instigating blood flow, such as menstruation, or for moving stagnated blood.  Yarrow has been hailed for all types of blood disorders.  It is said that putting it under a person’s nose can bring them out of a coma.  (Take a big whiff, and you’ll see why!)  It’s also been used to help relieve burns, including those in cases of radiation treatment.

Learn more about YARROW here

and here.

In the shop I carry fresh cut Yarrow (seasonal), Dried herb (cut and in bundles), tincture and tea.  As a tea, I find Yarrow delicious.   Slightly spicy with a heady aroma.  It is one of the base ingredients in my Cough Killer Tea for it’s anti-spasmodic and expectorant components, as well as its ability to stimulate the mucosa of the respiratory tract.  It is also anti-inflammatory and a great herb for overall health and well-being.

Yarrow should not be taken during pregnancy due to it’s stimulating effects on the uterus.  (However, it is a great herb postpartum to tone the uterus.)  If you are allergic to ragweed, you may be to yarrow as well.  As always, use herbs with caution and respect.

(Updated Aug. 10, 2018)

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