Yarrow, Achillea millefolium
With a strong affinity for balancing the waters within the body, Yarrow masterfully regulates the harmony of our hydration and health of our blood. An herb of old, Yarrow has been revered for centuries as a first-aid herb. It can be used internally or externally with rapid and obvious success in both acute and chronic conditions.
Externally, Yarrow may be applied to a wound to immediately halt bleeding and disinfect the area. This reduces chance of infection and expedites healing. It may also be applied externally to tone the skin, or as a poultice to mitigate varicose veins and break up stagnation.
Internally, Yarrow supports health in a myriad of ways. Firstly, it normalizes the blood and circulation. Thus, it has a balancing effect and specifically benefits the heart, liver and kidneys. As a toning digestive bitter, it stimulates appetite and improves digestion if taken before a meal. However, it’s antispasmodic affect can relieve stomach cramps post-meal. With a special affinity for the menstrual cycle, Yarrow is also helpful to achieve regularity and reduce menstrual discomforts. It can both bring on menstruation or slow a heavy flow. Thus, it is applicable in scenarios of extremes. Lastly, Yarrow is helpful in fighting colds and flus. It’s antiviral quality repels pathogens, while its strong diaphoretic action helps induce sweating and thus breaks a fever. However efficient, the gentle nature of Yarrow makes it safe for people of all ages to use, including young children.
“The healer’s healer,” Yarrow is known to aid in the healer’s journey. It helps to clarify boundaries and to strengthen and solidify the self.
- Disinfects wounds
- Expedites wound healing
- Halts wound bleeding
- Purifies the blood
- Relieves menstrual cramps
- Regulates menstruation and flow
- Allays stomach cramps
- Improves digestion
- Tones the liver
- Treats colds and flus
- Induces sweat and lowers fevers
- Bitter tonic
- Vascular tonic