Saturday, April 6, 2013

Medicinal Properties of Yarrow

Medicinal Properties of Yarrow
Yarrow has quite a few properties. The volatile oils work as antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and diuretics. The tannin's are aggressive astringents. The alkaloids are both hypotensive and hypoglycemic. Yarrow even has coumarin in its cells which works as an anti-thrombotic to reduce high blood pressure. The bitter compounds that the tongue detects are due to flavonoids such as saponins and unpleasant tasting but powerful alkaloids like achilleine, trigonelline and betonicine. These are the secrets to yarrow's actions in the digestive system, tissues and the blood stream.

Conditions Best Helped by Yarrow
Yarrow isn't just for scrapes and bruises, it does wonders to reduce fever and clear the sinuses. This plant is the first in line for treating nasty colds and flus. It reduces sweating and treats diarrhea that can accompany illness. The same anti-inflammatory properties in this plant's volatile oils that reduce swelling in angry wounds, also fight bacterial infections. Yarrow has both tannins and salicyclic acid which accounts for its noticeable astringency. This is one of the compounds that reduce both internal and external bleeding.

Yarrow compresses to the eyes of patients (without yarrow allergies) sharpen blurred vision due to swollen tissue. Do not get yarrow in the eye itself as it will cause further irritation. Just a warm yarrow tea bag or in cheesecloth will do.

Since yarrow is so widespread, it makes the perfect medicine for hikers and hunters. Chewing a few of the bitter leaves will help alleviate a toothache until you can get to a dentist. Rubbing the leaves onto your temples will do wonders to subside a headache. Insect bites and nettle burns also relax under yarrow's charms.

The use of yarrow for treating bruises and pain due to inflammation is legendary. Yarrow has many common names that reveal it's history on the battlefield: soldier's woundwort, bloodwort, and nosebleed plant are just a few. People have used yarrow's anti-inflammatory actions for hemmoroids and varicose veins for quick relief.The strengthening effect on the blood vessels make yarrow a wonderful plant to add to administer as a daily tonic for patient that easily bruise.

Yarrow makes an excellent first-aid poultice for deep cuts and wounds, too. It's been known to help deep cuts heal with little to no scarring and can help the flesh even and connect after puncture wounds.

Yarrow flower essence, especially pink yarrow flower essence, is quite good at helping empathic people (and others) to release emotional energies they've picked up from their environment, family and friends, and from work situations. I've found it a useful tool for recovering after attending large functions ranging from parties to conventions, too. Yarrow flower essence is a powerful ally for people in care-providing situations and professions, highly empathic people, and for young children. The list of treatments with yarrow seems to be limited only by the herbalist's imagination.

Adapted from - Yarrow: The Wound Healer by Sue Sierralupe

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