Yarrow ( Achillea millefolium ) is a perennial basket-flowered herb with white or light reddish flowers. In folk medicine, yarrow has been used as a universal remedy and it has a very wide range of uses. The plant contains, among other things, essential oils and a bitter substance called Achillein, which is effective for bleeding and both new and difficult-to-heal wounds.
In the Middle Ages, yarrow was called Yarrow and later also White pitta, Oelgräs or Bråssor, among other things. According to Greek mythology, the greatest hero was named Achilles used the healing power of the yarrow to heal the wounds of the men in his army, that is where the family name Achillae comes from. The species name Millefolium in turn comes from the Latin and means thousand leaves, which derives from the plant's many-parted leaves.
The herb is a perennial basket-flowered herb with white or reddish flowers that appear between June and September. The plant is fragrant with hairy, finely lobed leaves and grows 30 – 70 centimeters high. Yarrow thrives on dry grasslands, on roadsides and in fields. It is the flowers and leaves of the yarrow that are most often used.
Active plant substances
Yarrow is very common in natural medicine and is used as a universal remedy with a very wide range of uses. The herb contains, among other things, essential oils and a bitter substance called Achillein, which is said to be effective in bleeding and on both new and difficult-to-heal wounds. In addition to Achillein, yarrow also contains tannic acid, which has astringent properties. Other active plant substances are flavonoids, alkaloids and salicylic acid.
Can yarrow cause any side effects?
Yarrow should be avoided during pregnancy as it activates the uterus. Plant sap from yarrow is photosensitizing, which can cause an allergic reaction in sensitive people, especially in connection with sunshine.
Ingredients: Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) dried herb 100%
Dosage: Let 1-2 teaspoons soak for 5-10 minutes in boiling water.
Storage: Store dry and dark.
Country of origin: Poland
Do not use if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the preparation. Not to be used by pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. Do not use for children. Always consult your doctor.
It is best to consult a doctor or pharmacist when taking herbal preparations, as choosing an appropriate herbal preparation requires as much knowledge as when it comes to a chemical preparation. It should be remembered that these types of preparations can interact with the medications taken, posing a threat to health. Some herbal preparations can have a very strong effect, so you should follow all recommendations and restrictions from the manufacturer.
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