Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) medicinal herb is a plant which dates back to thousands of years ago. Fossils containing the pollen have been found in a 60,000 years old Neanderthal burial caves and it is a part of the Asteraceae family.
It is native to western Asia as well as Europe but it can also be found in Australia, New Zealand and also North America. It can be considered a safe herb for children's ailments. The main part used is the plant itself.
Achilles used this medicinal herb to dress wounds in the course of the Trojan War, which resulted in its botanical name, Achillea millefolium. "Millefolium" signifies one thousand leaves and refers to its finely divided foliage.
The medicinal plant was still being utilized to battlefield injuries during the American Civil War, 3,000 years later. It was nicknamed "Herba Militaris," the military herb, in early Europe. Other nicknames are "Bloodwort" and "Nosebleed."
The common names are Band's man plaything, Bloodwort, Carpenter's weed, Devil's Nettle, Devil's plaything, Green arrow, Field hop, Herb militaris, Milfoil, Millefolium, Nosebleed, Old man's pepper, Soldier's wound wort, Staunch-weed, Thousand leaf, Thousand seal, Achillea millefolium as well as Wound wort.
The medicinal properties are diaphoretic, astringent, tonic, stimulant as well as mild aromatic.
It is one of the most wonderful medicinal herbs of diseases that grows almost everywhere. It grows in the wide open fields, in pastures as well as along the roadsides. The whole plant may be used for medicinal purposes. The leaves, the flowers, the stems as well as the root.
It is fairly easy to grow and it has adorable flowers that come in a few colors. Yarrow herb is a great addition to any flower garden.
Its constituents include sterols, saponins, camphor, lactones, terpinel, salicylic acid, tannins as well as essential oils.
There are many wedding flower arrangements in the different seasons and in those seasons different flowers and leaves may be used. However, in autumn, the leaves and flowers of yarrow medicinal herb mixed with other beautiful herbs are used in these wedding arrangements.
Its uses are varied. The leaves have antiseptic properties and are useful as a poultice for fresh wounds and bleeding piles. It is seen as as a natural toothache remedy. It is said that if a person chews the fresh leaves while suffering from a toothache, then the toothache can be alleviated. One ingredient of the root is anesthetic and that is the reason it may also be used as a toothache remedy. When the fresh root is applied to the tooth it will aid in combating the pain. Yarrow herb may also be applied to the gum and this will help to ease the pain before a visit to see the dentist.
In addition to its wound-healing properties, this medicinal herb also has other medicinal uses. As a diaphoretic, it is used to induce sweating to relieve fevers in the early stages of colds and flu. It helps to release bile from the gall bladder, which aids in digestion, and as a carminative, it helps to alleviate bloating and gas. It has astringent and may be used for diarrhea and to aid in the shrinking of swollen hemorrhoids as well as sores and wounds.
It aids in blood circulation and heart conditions, enhance the immune system as well as respiratory ailments.
The tea can be taken to aid hypertension, coronary thrombosis and dysentery. The tea is also good for urinary tract infection remedy. It is also excellent for children suffering from measles as well as colds. This works better when it is administers at the initial stages of these ailments in the children.
The dosage may be
an infusion of one ounce of the dried herb to one pint of boiling
water. Then consume warm yarrow tea, the amount being a wineglass dose.