Yarrow – Achillea Millifolium
Yarrow is a beautiful lacy plant that is used in landscaping and grows along many roadsides beginning in May. It is hardy, has lacy leaves with an umbrella of white flowers. Some folks mistake young Queen Anne’s Lace for Yarrow….. however a closer look at the leaves as well as a sniff will indicate that it is yarrow you are looking at. The pungent smell of the leaves was used in ages past as a plant that would “wake one from a coma.”
Yarrow Health Benefits
It is an excellent blood cleanser, styptic for wounds, a bitter digestive tonic, as well as a soothing tonic for the lungs when there is a cough. Not only will it help to break up mucous in the lung lining it assists in keeping the lungs clear.
Used for centuries as a blood cleanser, a plant that will stop bleeding (hence a folk name of nosebleed plant). As mentioned it has a tonic effect on the lungs as well as the digestive tract and colon. The bitter taste of yarrow indicates it is useful for digestive upsets of gas and bloating. Though the taste is bitter the tonic effect on the intestines and colon may also be helpful in reducing the cramping of colitis and diverticulitis. This very bitter astringent quality also indicates it may be useful in reducing hemorrhoids and quieting diarrhea.
Yarrow is a Woman's Ally
The plant is also a useful women’s ally. The blood cleansing quality indicates it may be useful for reducing “blood toxic” issues like fibroids and cysts. Though it is styptic topically and will staunch bleeding, internally it is used to stimulate the menstrual flow when it is delayed. By breaking up “stagnant blood” fibroids and cysts are broken up and pass out of the body. A buildup of the uterine lining can create these conditions and yarrow works as a tonic to prevent this from happening. Cysts and fibroids cause, not only pain but a “gushing” flow. Having a regular normal period monthly, where all blood is released, reduces this tendency.
Flower Essences of Yarrow
Yarrow is a favorite among flower essence practitioners, as well. Flower essences are used to treat emotional issues in the body. Plants used in this ethereal way offer psychic protection as well as a cleansing effect on the emotional body. Yarrow has been used for problems related to clearing toxins particularly radiation toxicity from the aura. It is also a plant that offers “protection” suggested by the umbrella-like quality of the flowers. The lacey leaf structure reminds us to be light and clear in our intent.
In the Garden
Landscape varieties of yellow, pink and lavender are available and look wonderful in the garden, not to mention imbue a lovely scent.
Health tip for this article, drink a cup of yarrow tea daily to keep the blood clean. It’s essential for a healthy body and with this plant, it sure can’t hurt.