Information on Yarrow

Latin NameAchillea millefolium
Other NamesMilfoil
Part UsedFlowering Plant
Herb FormsCapsule, tablet, tincture, bulk herb.
AffectsBlood, Reproductive system, Immune system, Liver
CautionsContraindicated during pregnancy and nursing. Some herbal experts advise against the use of this herb if you have allergies to plants in the aster family. Occasional photosensitivity has been reported from eating the plant.
Botanical InfoAn upright aromatic plant in the Aster family with finely dissected leaves and flat-topped, umbrella-shaped white flowering parts.
DescriptionYarrow is a well-known diaphoretic herb which has long been used to reduce fevers and clear up congestive colds, flu, and other upper respiratory infections. It is also an excellent herb for cleansing programs, for which 2-3 dropperfuls of the tincture are added to hot water or cleansing teas and used in conjunction with saunas and sweating therapy. When used cold, the herb has the ability to clear heat and toxins, especially nitrogenous waste products from the body through the urine. As a bitter tonic, it is used for lack of appetite, general debility, and convalescence. Yarrow helps regulate blood flow throughout the body, and coupled with its antiinflammatory action, it can relieve pain from arthritis and rheumatism. As a blood mover, it is also indicated for menstrual irregularities, such as fluggish or painful menses, delayed menstrution, and painful and heavy periods, having a mild pain-relieving effect as well as helping to remove blood congestion. It helps relieve spasms and inflammation and is sometimes helpful for irritable bowel complaints, colic, and intestinal and uterine cramps. Yarrow root is chewed to alleviate toothache.

Yarrow has a taste of BITTER, SALTY, AROMATIC and a temperature of COOL.


Infusion1 cup tea 2-3 x daily
Tincture10-30 drops 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Yarrow

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Amenorrheablood movertea, tincture, capsule
Bleeding, externalstypticleaf powder externally
Colds, acutedecongestant, diaphoretictea, tincture, capsule
Feverdiaphoretictea, tincture
Fluantifungaltea, tincture
Hemorrhagestypticpowder externally
Insect repellantinsect repellant, immune modulatorrub tincture on externally, or use commercial spray
Nose bleeding, from debilitystyptictea as a wash and taken internally


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