Type: Herbaceous perennial. Family: Asteraceae
Yarrow is a small herb that grows up to a metre high, with pink-white flowers and feathery leaves. The aroma of the essential oil is warm, sweet and spicy. Used mainly as a Tea, with leaves & flowers.
The essential oil is produced by steam distillation from dried yarrow flowers.
Yarrow is helpful for feverish colds, promoting perspiration, and for head congestion associated with colds and flu.
Treating wounds and open sores, including ulcers. It is a slow healer, but its astringent, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties make it effective.
Hair: stimulates hair growth.
Body: Yarrow is an excellent essential oil for the female reproductive system.
It also acts as a tonic for the circulatory system, making it useful for improving varicose veins, haemorrhoids and chilblains. It can be useful for high blood pressure, rheumatism, arteriosclerosis, and thrombosis.
Yarrow is useful is muscle strains and sprains.
As an aid to the digestive system it can help settle an upset stomach, and is helpful for colic and flatulence. It stimulates secretion of gastric and intestinal glands and improves sluggish digestion - these may indicate a usefulness in aiding irritable bowel syndrome. It can also improve appetite. Yarrow is helpful in cases of diarrhoea.
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