The yarrow herb, or the Achillea millefolium, is native to Europe and naturalized to the temperate regions of North America as well as other temperate regions.
It has been scientifically proven that yarrow oil is an effective anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial. It is proven to be a diaphoretic, which means it increases the temperature of the body thus opening pores in order to help produce perspiration which, in turn, eliminates toxins through the skin. Yarrow can prevent or stop the growth of microorganisms, which makes it an antiseptic. It has also proven to be an antispasmodic and an astringent.
Yarrow is an emmenagogue, meaning it promotes menstrual discharge. It helps open blood vessels and is very useful in healing wounds. It has been determined to exhibit anti-tumor properties.
It is known to decrease cholesterol and to increase bile flow. It is even often used against gastrointestinal disorders and hepatobiliary disorders, or disorders which effect the liver and/or biliary tract. It has been determined to be good at healing yeast infections and boils, also.
The yarrow herb also has the following positive effects:
- helps to improve cardiovascular conditions, partly by regulating blood pressure
- purifies the blood
- regulates the menstrual cycle – due to the sterols in yarrow, which function in a similar fashion to hormones
- repairs damaged or worn out body tissues – due to the presence of silica
- removes heat and toxins from the body, by increasing sweating
- stimulates the circulatory system
In addition, yarrow helps to deal with the following health conditions:
- Diarrhea and dysentery: astringent quality helps to alleviates these conditions
- Improves digestion and the body’s ability to absorb nutrients
- Hemorrhoids: helps to heal the condition, as it stimulates blood flow
- Helps to regulate blood pressure
- Intestinal issues like colic, cramps and flatulence
- Menstrual conditions, such as heavy menstruation or menstrual bleeding, uterus blockages