Yarrow,scientifically known as Achillea Millefolium, is one of the 85 flowering plants of the family Astereceae. Mailny found in the Northern Hemisphere, in Asia, Europe and North America, it is a herbaceous perennial plant with height ranging from 20 cm to 1 m, which flowers between the end of spring and the beginning of autumn.
It has been known since the ancient times and was named after the Greek mythology hero Achilles. According to the myth it was given to him, following the advice of goddess Aphrodite, when he was wounded from the poisonous arrow of Paris as it was considered to be the best herb for treating injuries. Other common names of Yarrow such as Aphrodite’s smile or Aphrodite’s tear are also due to this myth.
Yarrow is being used for antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombotic and diaphoretic purposes, as it stimulates the immune system, buta also used as a diaphoretic and sedative. Moreover, in contemporary herbology, Yarrow is often being suggested for cold, flu and fever. The aerial parts act as a tonic for the blood, stimulate the circulation and can be used for high blood pressure. It also contains salicylic acid, one of the main ingredients of aspirin that prevents clots in blood. Its internal use aids in bleeding issues and their causes such as Menorrhagia and Haemorrhoids.
Forms:It is available in dried form, capsules, extracts, tinctures and essential oils. It is a strong herb that should be used with caution. Not to be consumed during pregnancy.
Votanical name:Achillea Millefolium