There are many benefits of yarrow. This is one of my favorite plants to grow in the garden because it’s beautiful blossom attracts butterflies; plus it has multiple healthful applications. This ancient herb and decorative plant, Achillea millefolium, has been used worldwide throughout time dating back thousands of years in Chinese medicine, up to Native American healing practices, and throughout Europe even today.
Also called soldier’s wound wort, knight’s milfoil, and the nosebleed plant, yarrow has been used to help reduce bleeding and to put on wounds. Called an amphoretic herb, it has conversely also been applicable to help improve blood flow. It’s spasmolytic action may contribute to its helpfulness during menstrual pain, for digestive complaints, and with aches associated with the flu. Its antimicrobial activities have shown effectiveness in mouthwashes for oral health, and to help fight cold and flu microbes.
Click here for a listing of multiple scientific research studies on the Therapeutic Benefits of Yarrow.
Another benefit of yarrow is that butterflies love it! Flowers are usually white, but may also be yellow, pink, red, or orange. This plant grows very easily, practically like a weed, and is a wonderful blooming add for any garden. Plant in full sun, and consider growing yarrow in a pot because it can become invasive. Besides attracting butterflies, you can use the flower tops to make teas, poultices, tinctures, and infusions. Make sure when growing your own yarrow that you avoid pesticides and pollutants: grow organically! (See tea and tincture instructions listed below.)
As with all herbs, safe dosage amounts can be healthful, but excessive use or use with contraindications can be detrimental. Contact your Doctor with questions and possible interactions. Here are a few items to consider:
Read all about yarrow here: Yarrow Monograph