Herbs for Health – Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Welcome to 2014! I hope it is going to be a great year for all of you.
This year I am going back to medicinal herbs, and to start we will discuss one I cannot do without. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
This hardy perennial can grow up to 80cm tall, with soft, dark green leaves divided into fine leaflets and has small white or pale pink flat clusters of flowers. The lovely coloured varieties are NOT medicinal.
Yarrow likes a sunny position and will grow in most soil types. Take root cuttings in spring, or sow seeds direct into the ground. It can be invasive, so decide where you want it to be before you plant it.
The aerial parts,leaves, stems, and flowers, are used medicinally. Taken to Britain by the Romans as part of every soldiers ‘first aid kit’, Yarrow has a long history of being able to stop bleeding. It has anti-inflammatory and anti -allergenic properties. It helps regulate the menstrual cycle, reduces heavy bleeding and eases period pain. Combined with other herbs it will help colds and flu as well as lower blood pressure, improves circulation and tone varicose veins.
Cleaning wounds and to stop bleeding: make an infusion, cool and use as a wash, or crush leaves and apply as a poultice.
Heavy menstrual bleeding: make a tea with ½ tbs fresh herb to 1 cup boiling water. Drink up to 3 cups per day. Varicose veins – Wash with an infusion or apply as an ointment twice a day. Make an infusion of ½ tsp dried herb to 1 cup water and drink up to 2 cups a day for up to 10 weeks.
Caution: Do not take Yarrow if pregnant. It may cause allergic reaction in rare cases. Prolonged use can increase the skin’s photosensitivity.
Yours in herbs,
Diane Aldworth 082 808 1519 firstname.lastname@example.org