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YARROW
(Achillea millefolium)

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YARROW (Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow

DESCRIPTION: Yarrow is used as a tonic in helping to regulate the function of the liver. It contains Vitamins A, C, E and F and some Vitamin K. It also contains manganese, copper, potassium, iodine and iron. Yarrow is a member of the sunflower family, which has more than 80 species, and found in Europe and Asia.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Tones the mucus membrane of the stomach and bowels. Heals the glandular system. Acts as a blood cleanser and at the same time opens the pores to permit free perspiration for elimination of waste and relieving the kidneys. The leaves are effective to stimulate clotting in cuts and abrasions. There are a wide-range of uses including as an anti-cancer herb. Relieves fevers, colds, the flu, cramps; helps individuals relax during illness; gets rid of rashes itches on the skin. It is also used in teas for a healing effect. Further, yarrow is used to stop wound bleeding, improve circulation and lower blood pressure.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS: Yarrow can cause contact dermatitis in sensitive individuals. Therefore it should be stopped immediately if itching or inflammation, with formation of vessicles, occur. Yarrow should not be taken during pregnancy or nursing, it is considered an abortifacient. Also excessive doses should not be taken because it will interfer with existing anticoagulant and hypo- , hypertensive therapies and may cause sedation and diuretic effects. - Pharmacy Times

PARTS USED: Leaves, stalks

GENERAL USAGE: The German Commission E monograph suggests approximately 1 teaspoon (4.5 grams) of yarrow daily or 3 teaspoons (15 ml) of the fresh pressed juice.7 A tea can be prepared by steeping 1-2 teaspoons (5-10 grams) of yarrow in 1 cup (250 ml) boiling water for ten to fifteen minutes. Three cups (750 ml) a day can be taken. A tincture, 1/2-3/4 teaspoon (3-4 ml) three times per day, can be taken. The tea, or cloths dipped in the tea, can be used topically as needed for minor skin injuries. For sickness, some skin conditions and cramps; flavoring agent in food and beverages.

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