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Yarrow is a member of the sunflower (daisy) family and widespread throughout the northern hemisphere. In the spring a new plant grows out of the old. The stem grows wiry and strong until midsummer, when the stalk spreads out into fine branches forming a terminal "umbrella" rather than a point.
Yarrow is a very feminine plant with lacy, finely dissected leaves and flat clusters. The flowers bloom in a wide range of color: white, yellow, grayish-white and rose-colored, depending on the specie. Each flower head has five petal-like rays that are usually slightly wider than they are long. Each ray has three teeth at the tip. Branches are grayish-green with an angular, hairy stem. This weed is a perennial growing from 8 inches to 3 feet tall, which flowers from May to October (gather in July). Yarrow is pungently aromatic and pleasant. This plant is often confused with similar plants like Queen Anne's lace (wild carrot).
Yarrow grows wild along roadsides, hillsides and in low mountain ranges. Native to Europe and Western Asia, yarrow has been naturalized in all temperate regions and is even cultivated in the cooler regions of Central America. Eighty-five to 200 species exist.
Yarrow has been used successfully for years in treating various kinds of internal and external bleeding, sores, excessive menses, wounds, bleeding piles, hemorrhages and bleeding from the lungs. Yarrow's strong astringent properties make it useful for diarrhea (dysentery), menstrual flooding and varicose veins. The crushed leaf may be packed into nostrils for nosebleeds. Since yarrow causes perspiration, this herb helps clear toxins from the body, quickly. Yarrow is also a good blood cleanser, helping to clean the blood of uric acid, removing the cause of gout.
Children respond well to this mild herb in cases of common childhood diseases, such as measles, chicken pox, small pox and more serious problems like typhoid and smallpox. Children under two should avoid taking yarrow internally. Young children will find yarrow easier to take when combined with an equal part of peppermint.
Yarrow, which is also a diuretic, helps with incontinence and clears the kidneys and bladder of congestion. When used during menstruation, yarrow normalizes either suppressed or profuse menses. However, caution is advised for pregnant women using yarrow, for too much of this herb may encourage an abortion.
For calming the nerves, a tea made from yarrow's leaves may relieve headaches and a nervous stomach. This herb contains aromatic compounds that aid in shrinking inflamed tissue and promote sweating. Therefore, yarrow is useful in treating inflammatory skin conditions.
As an ointment yarrow is excellent in treating and relieving old wounds, ulcers and fistulas. The Navajo Indians consider yarrow to be a "life medicine" and chew the leaves to stop toothache pain. These Indians make an infusion of the plant tops and pour it into the ears for earaches. This infusion is combined with the leaves and used as a tea to reduce fever and also stimulate the appetite.
Some caution is necessary when using yarrow. People who are allergic to ragweed might develop a rash with this plant. Even so, no harmful effects have been reported in medical literature.
Yarrow (100 capsules)