Tea; hot for colds, warm or cool for cystitis, use cooled tea as wash for grazes or rashes, Bath;
Styptic, astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory anaesthetic, expectorant, carminative, haemostatic, antibiotic, antispasmodic, analgesic, stimulant, emmenagogue.
Wounds, colds, fevers flu high blood pressure, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, blood clots, digestion, colitis, diverticulitis, bloody diarrhoea, dysentery, menstrual problems, cystitis, urinary tract infections, hay fever, allergies, inflammation
Avoid if pregnant or breast-feeding. Extended or excessive use may cause photosensitivity or allergic reactions.
Yarrow has been found in burial sites dating back to 60,000 BC and is known as one of the earliest indications of human’s use of medicinal plants. The whole of the plant is used to treat many conditions.
Yarrow is a useful wound herbs as it staunches bleeding and reduces inflammation while being antimicrobial and anaesthetic. For colds and fevers, yarrow supports the body’s natural mechanism of sweating and ridding the body of infection. Yarrow is used to tone blood vessels while dilating capillaries. Often in combination with hawthorn and lime it has been used to treat high blood pressure, varicose veins, and haemorrhoids and to prevent blood clots. Yarrow stimulates the digestion encouraging bile and pancreatic juices and liver function. It has been used to treat colitis, diverticulitis, bloody diarrhoea and dysentery. Yarrow is useful to regulate menstruation, including heavy bleeding, scant bleeding, clotted blood and menstrual cramps. It is a good urinary anti-septic and when drunk warm or cool (rather than hot) the diuretic properties of the infusion are enhanced making it a useful remedy for cystitis and urinary tract infections. Mixed with dandelion, chamomile and elderflower it makes a soothing drink for hay fever sufferers. Yarrow is a natural decongestant and expectorant having astringent action that is useful in treating nasal congestion due to colds and allergies caused by moulds, dust and pollen. Used with dandelion, chamomile and elderflower it makes a soothing drink for hay fever sufferers.
Avoid during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Yarrow should be used sparingly. Extended or excessive use, whether internally or externally, may cause photosensitivity or allergic reactions. Handling the fresh plant can lead to skin rashes. To find a professional herbalist follow this link Herbalist.