Yarrow is a perennial has been used for healing purposes for thousands of years. The Greek hero Achilles was said to have used yarrow for battle wounds. Yarrow was known to slow and stop the flow of blood. In folklore it was supposed to protect from evil spirits. The word millefoliuim means thousand leafed. The plant has clusters of pink and white flowers. The plants with the white flowers were used most often for medicinal purposes.
Besides cuts, yarrow is also used for burns and inflammation. Yarrow tea is well-known for bringing down a fever and wounds were washed cleaned with yarrow tea before bandaging. Another use for yarrow is to rub the leaves on the skin as an insect repellent. Some folks use yarrow for high blood pressure and to help circulation as well as fight off bacteria.
There are many active constituents in yarrow. among them are lactones, flavonoids, tannins, sugars, sterols, amino acids and saponins. An infusion of the leaf, stems and flowers will speed the healing of hemorrhoids. Native Americans made a poultice from yarrow for skin rashes. Some folks have tried to use a yarrow infusion to rinse their hair with it. to prevent baldness.
The parts of the plant that are used medicinally are the leaves, stems and blossoms.Yarrow can be used as a tea, in capsules or tablets, as an infusion, or as a tincture. An infusion is made by using 2 oz of fresh leaf, (less if dried), in a container. Add freshly boiled water and cover. Steep 10 – 15 minutes then strain. You can drink it cold or warm, up to 3 cups a day.
Yarrow does not mix with some medications. It can cause an increase of hydrochloric acid so do not use with antacid drugs. Yarrow does not mix with blood thinning drugs like warfarin. Lithium does not mix well with yarrow either. Be sure to discuss the taking of yarrow, or any herbal preparation, with your doctor to avoid problems.
Awhile back I did a blog on parsley. Here is a link to a great article on parsley by my friend Jen. You may find this interesting reading. https://www.jenreviews.com/parsley/