This plant was first used by ancient Greeks over 3,000 years ago for treating external wounds on the skin. The flowers and leaves of yarrow were also made into a tea-like drink. The fresh leaves were used to stop bleeding wounds, treat gastrointestinal problems, fight fevers, lessen menstrual bleeding and improve circulation. The fresh leaves were also chewed on to relieve tooth aches. Scientists have credited yarrow for its benefits relating to almost every organ in the body. (continued under 'Details')
- The bitter parts and fatty acids encourage bile flow out of the gallbladder, known as the 'cholagogue' effect. The free-flowing action improves digestion and prevents and gallstones from forming. As a decongestant, Yarrow contains a drying effect and seems to improve coughs and sinus infections with sputum formation. Astringent: Very helpful with allergies where nasal secretions and watery eyes are caused by molds, dust, pollen and dander. Yarrow is also known to cause sweating in cases of flu, fevers and colds, helping to cure simple infections. Yarrow is used to aid in healing skin conditions, such as eczema. The essential oils are used and rubbed onto the affected area. Anti-inflammatory: The oil found in Yarrow has been used to treat arthritis. As an expectorant, it helps to cure colds. Yarrow promotes digestion - it helps in the secretion of enzymes and digestive juice and increases appetite.