The scientific name is Achillea Millefolium or Agarvistis. It belongs to the Astereceae family in which are included 85 flowering plants. It thrives all over the Northern Hemisphere, in Asia, Europe and North America. It is a herbaceous, perennial plant. Its height varies from 20 cm to 1 meter. It grows between late spring to early autumn. It has been known since ancient times as it was considered the best herb for the treatment of wounds.
- It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic, antithrombotic, immune stimulating, sweating and sedative properties.
- In modern herbal therapy, yarrow is indicated for the treatment of influenza, colds and fever.
- A hot beverage of yarrow causes sweat and detoxifies the body.
- It reduces blood pressure and is therefore a case of hypertension.
- It also contains salicylic acid, a major ingredient of aspirin, which prevents the formation of a blood clot and contributes to good circulation.
- Internal use helps in the treatment of bleeding conditions and the causes that cause them such as hemorrhoids and menorrhagia.
- Also, the substances lasulin and aganin are contained in the plant have antiseptic properties and help in stop bleeding.
- It is effective for the digestive system.
- It works extremely well in the myrrh muscles, due to its anticonvulsant properties.
HOW TO USE
In cooking: The shoots of the plant give a great taste to salads and desserts. They also make very delicious soups and are used to flavour beer.
As beverage: 1 teaspoon of dried herb in a cup of boiling water. Leave for 5 minutes and drain. Yarrow is ideally combined with other herbs such as melissa, rosemary, valerian, lemon and others.
As essential oil: Few drops on the skin or in a cream, helps heal skin diseases.
CAUTION: This is a powerful herb and its use should be sparingly. Not to be consumed during pregnancy.