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Botanical Names Achillea millefolium aster family
Common Name Carpenter's weed; Milfoil; Millefolium; Noble yarr
Key_Name Yarrow
Identenifying Characteristics Aromatic perennial
Image of herb.
Stem Simple; angular; rough, hairy, (The whole plant is hairy with white, silky appressed hairs), erect, 8 -10 cm high grayish-green, branching towards the top.
Leaves Finely - dissected dentated segments (
Flowers Grayish - white or rose - colored, 4 - 6 ray florets (hard, close, or dense, flat -topped and terminal compound clusters or corymbs). April to October
Root Horizontal (Creeping rootstock).
Taste TASTE: Bitter, Astringent and rough, i
Distribution Widespread in temperate zones; native to Europe, on all but the poorest soils.
Parts Used Dried aerial parts including flowers; Flower; Leaves and flowers;
Constituents Achillic acid; Achilleine; Volatile oil containing *azulene; Bitter extractive; Essential oil; a Glycoalkaloid, Tannic acid;
Solvents Alcohol; Water;
Therapeutic Action Antipyretic,Antiseptic,Antispasmodic,Aromatic,Astringent,Carminative,Cholagogue,Diaphoretic,Diuretic,Emmenagogue,Expectorant,Hemostatic,Stomatic,Tonic,Urinary,Vulinary
Medical Uses Yarrow when administered hot and copiously will raise the heat of the body, equalize circulation, and produce perspiration. It opens the pores freely with its relaxing action upon the skin, and it purifies the blood of morbid waste material. Regulates the functions of the liver, especially beneficial in its influence on secretions throughout the entire alimentary canal; It tones the mucous membrane of the stomach and bowels. It is also healing to the glandular system. Yarrow will never weaken a patient because of its tonic action. Ague; Amenorrhea; Anaemia; Appetizer; Bile stimulate flow; Bladder, mucus discharges, inflammation; Bleeding haemorrhoids, lungs, bowels, rectal; infusion of powder; Blood cleaner coughing and spitting of; Blood tonic and prophylactically building; Boils, fomentation, infusion, tincture, fluid-extract; Breath shortness of; Bright's disease; Bronchitis. ; Chicken pox; Colic; Colds. (Infusion); Coronary thrombosis; Cough; Diabetes; Diarrhea, (including infants); Dysentery; Dyspepsia; Enteritis; Eye Achilles used juice as a wash for redness; Fevers, (hot); Fistulas, ointment, poultice or suppository; Flatulence; Gallbladder; Gastric stimulates secretions; Gastritis; Hair falling; Hands chapped, wash/dec; Headache; congestive headache; Hematuria, infusion, fluid extract, tincture, powder; Haemorrhoids, retention enema; Hypertension; Incontinence; Indigestion; Influenza; Intestines false membranes; Jaundice; Lack of appetite; Leucorrhea, internal and douche; Liver; measles, infusion; menstrual excessive flow; menstrual regulates periods; Nervousness; Nipples sore; Perspiration, obstructed, promote; Processes inflamed; Quinine substitute; Respiratory tract acute catarrh;

Rheumatism. ; 'Running of the reins'' in men and discharge of women decoction in white wine; Skin diseases, infusion; Smallpox; sores, dec/wash, poultice or ointment. Stomach gas, sickness, tonic; Styptic externally; Tabes of spinal marrow; TB of the lungs; Throat relaxed; Tonic for run down conditions; Toothache (fresh leaves); Typhoid fever; Ulcers; Urinary organs; Urine suppressed, scanty; Wounds;

Chinese Kidney Yin: Yarrow cooling depressing of kidney Yin;
Contra Indications Xtended use of yarrow, may make the skin sensitive to light;
  • decoction - 1/2 cup
  • fluid extract 1/2 - 1 teaspoonful 3 - 4 times
  • daily infusion 1 teaspoon herb per cup of water
  • oil - 5 -20 drops 3 - 4 times per day
  • powder - 5 to 10 # 0 caps (30 - 60 grains) 3 -4 times per day 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoonful
  • tincture 1 tablespoonful, 3 - 4 times per
  • day
    • 5 - 20 drops 3 - 4 times daily
    • 5 - 20 min


Diarrhea (infants); brew one cupful or more of the infusion (according to age); Haemorrhoids (piles), haemorrhage of the bowels: Use a clean enema, then inject the cool tea into the bowels (where there is pain the tea should be tepid); then inject 2 tablespoonful several times per day, and after each stool.


  • Colds. : taken freely in the hot infusion form the beginning of a cold, may be taken alone or in combination with other herbs, such as Elder. flowers, mints, periwinkle, etc. it will usually break a cold overnight or in 24 hours. Fevers: For all types of fevers, give 2 - 3 fluid ounces of yarrow decoction (see 'formulas') q2h as hot as the patient can stand. Clean bowels to prevent feeding condition with toxic matter, use also Polygala senega. Enuresis, Bronchitis. (and other respiratory problems): Drink the decoction cool. False membranes in the small intestines: Yarrow is a very reliable agent to remove them; give 2 - 4 ounces of the decoction 3 - 4 times daily, 1 hour ac (before meals). Haemorrhage, spitting of blood: Drink the warm infusion; it will equalize the circulation and relieve the pressure from the ruptured vessel, allowing it to heal.


    Old wounds, ulcers, fistulas: Use an ointment of yarrow; soaking and washing with the tea is also beneficial.


    Leucorrhea, inflammation of bladder: yarrow makes an excellent douche for this problem (use cool).
vetrinary dysentery in horses, personal; mixed with rosemary and root powder will create a poultice that will form a hard mass. This mass will be left alone by the animal till healed. In most cases it will fall off on its own when healed.
Cultivation This plant is harvested mostly in the wilds.
Sister Plants  
Harvest Gather yarrow at the flowering stage. Usually flowers twice. If it dose in your area you may take a heavy first crop and a light second crop. Be sure that you leave enough to reseed the plot. The flower head is what is harvested for market though all the plant is Medicinal. As short a stem as possible is taken, enough to hold head together. A knife helps to speed cut or a flower harvester.
Reference 10. Dominion Herbal Collage.,1. The Encyclopedia of Herbs and Herbalism. Stuart.,2. The Herb Book. John Lust.,24. The Herbalist. Joseph E Meyer.,3. Indian Herbology of North America. Alma Hutchens.,22. Natural Healing With Herbs. Humbart Santillo.,4. Modern Encyclopedia of herbs. Joseph Kadans.,11. Normay Myers Course,21. Peoples Desk Reference. E. Joseph Montagna.,22. School of Natural Healng. Dr. John Christopher,25. Shanta McBain Personal use and experiance
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