Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) has a long history for helping a slew of health conditions and has been prescribed for practically everything. Yarrow health benefits include wound healing, flu and cold symptoms, nosebleeds, menstrual issues, and cardiovascular issue. The herb also has impressive astringent and antiseptic properties. It is popularly used to speed healing of deep wounds.
Legend has it that Yarrow (or soldier’s woundwort), was named after Achilles. This Greek mythical hero was said to have carried it into battle to stop bleeding in soldier wounds. ¹
Yarrow is a common weed in the Northern hemisphere and can grow anywhere. It has been revered in many cultures throughout the world. Check out it’s revealing other common names:
- wound wort
- plumajillo (little feather in Spanish)
- nosebleed plant
- old man’s pepper
- devil’s nettle
- milfoil ²
Parts of Plant Used
The entire Yarrow plant can be used medicinally. Yarrow leaves and root are often chopped up for use as a salve or one teaspoon at a time as an aromatic tea.
Yarrow Tea Recipe
Quantity: 1 teaspoon of dried or 1 tablespoon of fresh p or 2-3 leaves (fresh)
Water: 1 Cup of Boiling Water
Steeping time: 30 minutes
Dosage: Drink 3 cups per day
Optional: honey and lemon for taste
Optional Herbs to Blend for Immune Support: peppermint, mullein, goldenseal, mullein, chamomile (optional)
Yarrow Health Benefits
Yarrow is used to treat the following conditions:
- Amenorrhea (absence of menstrual bleeding)
- Mild Anxiety
- Mastitis ( infection from breast feeding)
- Stomach Cramps
- High Blood Pressure
- Varicose Veins
Common Yarrow Uses
Yarrow has been used for centuries to treat wounds. It contains the alkaloid chemical achilleine, known for its ability to stop bleeding, prevent infection, and dull pain.
In ancient times, yarrow was referred to as herba militaris, the military herb, for its ability to stop war wounds from bleeding. One Russian study showed how Yarrow Oil could help wound healing from burns caused by a flammable liquid used in warfare called napalm .³
Yarrow contains flavonoids, which are plant-based chemicals. Yarrow can increase stomach acid and saliva, which helps improve digestion. It can also relax muscles in intestines and uterus, helping to relieve stomach and menstrual cramps.
Yarrow is frequently used to treat colds and flu. It is a known fever reducer and can induce sweating. Earth Clinic readers report feeling much better when they take a yarrow and goldenseal tea when battling a virus.
The general recommended dose of yarrow herb for inflammation is 4,000 mg (4 grams) per day. You can take it in tincture, capsule or tea form.
Yarrow Tincture Dosage
Take 1-2 mL (28-56 drops) three (3) times a day in a small amount of purified water.
Yarrow Capsule Dosage
Take two 325 mg capsules three times a day.
Do your due diligence on yarrow (and any natural products) as dosages are not the same from brand to brand.
Side effects from Yarrow can include the following:
- Increased Urination
- Skin Irritation
- Contact Dermatitis
- Slows Blood Clotting (in high doses)
Yarrow is contraindicated in people who have a sensitivity to any member of the Asteraceae plant family. Also, epileptics should not use this herb.
If you experience any side effects, stop taking this herb immediately. You should start to feel better within a day or two. If symptoms persist, contact a medical practitioner.
Seek medical advice if you are taking any of the following medications before using yarrow.
- Blood Thinners
- Medications that decrease stomach acid
- High blood pressure medications
- Sleeping Pills
Continue reading below for Yarrow testimonials from Earth Clinic readers who have had incredible success with this amazing herb!