Yarrow - Medicinal Uses, Interactions, Side Effects, Dosage
Yarrow is a common name for many similar species and subspecies of Achillea; Achillea mille folium (common yarrow) is also referred to as Achillea, milfoil, and soldier's woundwort. It is a member of the Asteraceae family. The plant is named after Achilles, who was fabled to have used yarrow to treat wounds and staunch bleeding. The stems, leaves and flower are used medicinally.
Uses and Benefits:
Yarrow is reputed to have a host of beneficial effects in many cultures. It is variably described as a diaphoretic, antipyretic, astringent, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic, and diuretic. Traditional indications include fevers, colds, digestive disorders, hemorrhoids, menstrual cramps, menorrhagia, and urogenital problems, and it is also used for wounds, bruises, sprains, and rashes. In the U.S., yarrow is approved as a flavoring in alcoholic beverages when the product is thujone-free.
Many organic constituents have been isolated from yarrow, including fatty acids, flavonoids, tannins, coumarins, alkaloids, and a volatile oil. The oil contains sesquiterpene lac