Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) has a long history as a source of natural remedies for a slew of health conditions and has been prescribed for practically everything. In particular, it is well-regarded for its astringent and antiseptic properties and for these reasons is often used for wound care.
Yarrow is a common weed in the Northern hemisphere and can grow anywhere. The entire Yarrow plant can be used medicinally and is often chopped up for use as a salve or one teaspoon at a time as an aromatic tea. However, long-term use can result in photosensitivity.
Natural Cures: In addition to wound care, yarrow is frequently used to treat colds and flu. It can reduce a fever and promote perspiration when needed. Yarrow is also recommended for nosebleeds and to improve general cardiovascular health, including issues with menstrual bleeding.
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[YEA] 03/03/2011: Na954 from Rochester, Minnesota : "I have suffered from constipation for years, and it was worsened by Menopause. These things have really helped. 1. Using a small step stool in front of the stool to elevated the legs. This puts the colon in a more natural positon. 2. Yarrrow tea."
12/04/2011: Serena from Palm Springs, Ca: "Has anyone used yarrow before? Someone recommended I use a yarrow tincture to help with my breakthrough bleeding due to new birth control... Any experiences with this?"Replies
[YEA] 01/03/2012: K from Toledo, Oh replies: "Serena- I have used Yarrow for both respiration issues as well as feminine issues. I currently use Solaray's capsules. They are 320mg/capsule and it recommends 1-3 capsules 2x a day. I cannot take birth control and needed something to help control my heavy bleeding. Yarrow is it! It works very well! I worked my way up over a couple of weeks to 6 a day. It does clear out excess mucus from your body, so you may have a few funky BMs and cough up some of the excess mucus. Not to worry, just back off a capsule or 2 and try upping it again a few days later. Hopefully it helps with the spotting/bleeding! It works GREAT for me! :)"
02/11/2012: Rachel from Reinholds, Pa replies: "Since Yarrow is a stronger herb than some- we herbalists recommend that you do not take yarrow all the time. Take it for 2-3 weeks, then rest your body a few weeks and take it again if you need it.
It is really a great herb for bleeding and detoxing."
[YEA] 04/13/2009: Garnet from Austin, TX: "Yarrow for Poison Ivy. I make a paste of the dried flowers, add some clay and sometimes comfrey to make it stick. Leave on 20 minutes. Blisters dry up and skin heals after one application."
EC: Pics of yarrow here: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=yarrow+flower&gbv=2&aq=0&oq=yarrow
[YEA] 03/02/2010: Robert from Martinez, Ca, Usa: "I experienced an injured dog on a hike, it had gotten into barbed wire & was bleeding profusely with the owners not knowing what to do I picked some wild, (of course), yarrow, (achillea millefolia), & applied it to the wound stopping the bleeding. Yarrow is easy to grow & is a very good friend/gift to have around. Identifying is easy & it has a pleasant distinctive odor. Pictures are available on the net. This would be my first choice in the field or at home as I once suffered a laceration which would have required sutures as so claimed my nurse friend. I picked my yarrow friend that I had grown in my yard & applied it with a dressing. The bleeding stopped & also the throbbing pain within minutes. I left it on overnight & when I removed the dressing the next morning. it looked as though it had been sutured! I have used plantain,(plantago), as a drawing agent for absesses & it is a good field remedy for poison oak or nettle sting as it is anti-inflamatory.It grows plentiful in most areas & easily identified, see net for pictures. There are 2-types, the large leaf & more narrow, lance-like, leaf. They grow tall stalks straight up from the leaves & the seed pods are at the tips which can be removed for planting in your garden. One pod can grow say 50 plants or more pending the size. Always remember to leave some for the outdoors so the population remains healthy & thank the creator for the gift when harvesting."