Yarrow Monograph

Yarrow – Achillea millefolium – Venus

Family: Asteraceae

Description: PerennialYarrow

  • Feathery, alternate basal leaves 2-5 inches (large in wet years and small in dry)
  • flat umbel, snow-white flowers
  • aromatic (pine and chamomiles)

Habitat/ToGrow: Native to whole Northern Hemisphere

  • loves full sun, partial shade is okay. Poor soil with no fertilizer – handles drought really well. cut flower stalks all the way to the ground after flower harvesting to encouraging further bloom. spreads by runners.
  • dries 3-5 days, keep whole flower clusters

Energetics: cool; dry – yin – water

Actions: diaphoretic, hypotensive astringent, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, diuretic, antimicrobial, bitter, hepatic, analgesic, vasodilator, tonic

Constituents: .3-1.4% volatile oil (a-B-pinene, borneol, bornyl acetate, camphor, a-caryophyllene, 1,8 cineole); sesquiterpene lactones (achillicin, achillin, achilin, folin, millifin, millifolide); 3-4% tannins; flavonoids/apigenin, luteolin, isorhamnetin, rutin); alkaloids (betonicine, stachydrine, achiceine, moschatine, trigonelline, bothers); phenolic acids (caffeic, salicylic); coumarins

Prep:

Medicinal Uses:  Flowering herbs

  • Eclectic tongue: Red and uncoated
  • Eclectic pulse: rapid
  • Eclectic face: flushed
  • topical: bleeding wounds
  • topical: deep and cutting wounds
  • topical: injuries from falls
  • essential hypertension (esp with high diastolic reading)
  • thrombosis
  • thoracic pains
  • TB
  • topical: hemorrhoids
  • hemoptysis
  • varicose veins
  • passive hemmorhage
  • appetite loss
  • indigestion IBS
  • ulcerlative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • diarrhea
  • bleeding anywhere in alimentary canal
  • atonic amenorrhea
  • dysmenorrhea
  • menorrhagia/uterine atony/spasm
  • prolapsed uterus
  • leukorrhea
  • vesical/urethral irritation
  • strangury
  • hematuria
  • uterine retention
  • urinary spasms
  • (sitz bath): perineal tears
  • viral infection (cold/flu)
  • fever
  • malaise (esp. influenza)
  • acute fever
  • aids with long, congested flow and abnormal flow
  • good with mugwort and sage for women’s issues
  • cramp tea: yarrow, mint, elderflowers
  • tea for hormone withdrawal hygeia pg. 39
  • anorexia
  • allergies (catarrh)
  • promotes tissue repair
  • compress: migraines
  • compress: blood busters
  • steam: asthma, hayfever
  • steam: acne/blemished
  • mouthwash: inflamed gums

Other:

  • Yarrow the Panacea – for Annmarie Skincare
  • edible young leaves
  • Essential oil drops for soda
  • making liquor and beer
  • sleep with yarrow underneath a pill, will give dreams of true love/future husband
  • tickles lovers nostrils and bleeding and faithful
  • named for Achilles, whose mother bathed him in the river styx, where yarrow was floating.
  • 7 years happiness for couples at a wedding
  • once thrown at I Ching for guidance and wisdom
  • Druids used it to tell the weather
  • Used to flavor tobacco
  • yellow/green dye flowers
  • EO in cosmetics and anti-inflammatory
  • holding yarrow over the eyes increases clairvoyance
  • hair rinse

Flower essence: invulnerability

  • protects against negative outside influence and psychic shielding
  • clarifies boundaries between people – for those that easily absorbs negative influence
  • protects energies from “bleeding” into environment.
  • Solidifying self and follow chosen path

Pets:

  • dried powder for open wounds
  • cool tea for itchiness
  • subcutaneous blood clots in ears/skin internal tincture
  • worms and useful for inflammation of the colon and the stomach
  • ¼ tsp tincture/30lbs dog 2-3x/day 1/8 tsp cats 2xdaily

Contraindications:

  • pregnancy/lactation
  • use long term in moderation

Personal Use:

Yarrow is one of my very best friends! I grow this guy in my backyard and he gives me strength everyday to keep moving forward.

References:

Tilford, G., & Tilford, M. (2009). Herbs for pets: The natural way to enhance your pet’s life(2nd ed.). Laguna Hills, Calif.: BowTie Press.

McIntyre, A. (1996). Flower power: Flower remedies for healing body and soul through herbalism, homeopathy, aromatherapy, and flower essences. New York: Henry Holt and.

Hoffmann, D. (2003). Medical herbalism: The science and practice of herbal medicine. Rochester, Vt.: Healing Arts Press.

Alfs, M. (2003). 300 Herbs Their Indications and Contraindications. New Brighton, MN: Old Theology Book House.

Mars, B. (2007). The desktop guide to herbal medicine: The ultimate multidisciplinary reference to the amazing realm of healing plants, in a quick-study, one-stop guide. Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Pub.

Moore, M. (2011). Medicinal plants of the Pacific West. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press.

Gardner, L. (2008). Life in the medicine: A guide to growing and harvesting herbs for medicine making. Sebastopol, C.A.: Emerald Earth Pub.

Baker, Jeannine Parvati. Hygieia: A Woman’s Herbal. Albion, Calif.: Freestone ;, 1978. Print.  

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