Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Yarrow is a major medicinal plant. It’s the plant of the Wounded Healer with a wide array of healing qualities. Matthew Wood says yarrow is good when you have been ‘cut to the bone.’ We believe this is true both literally and metaphorically. Our core wound cuts us to the bone and yarrow is the herb that can accompany us as we heal and work with this core wound. It not only heals wounds but gets stagnant blood, or stagnant old wounds moving and cleared up, too. It also helps the body and psyche get rid of toxins. Yarrow is very interesting for relieving menstrual cramps and the wounding that often goes with them from past abuse.It stimulates blood flow and is fluidifying and antispasmodic and therefore facilitates the menstrual flow and helps calm period pain. This action is due to the flavonoids (luteolol), which, as well as being antispasmodic and pain relieving, are also antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Recommended for all menstrual problems including regulating the cycle, stimulating blood flow and decongesting the uterus – all these things stimulate menstruation.
Yarrow is also helpful for the digestive sphere by alleviating difficult digestion, stomach ache, digestive spasms and bloatedness. It contains bitters that helps to stimulate appetite, increase bile production and therefore help digestion. Due to its flavonoids and the azulene it contains, yarrow can alleviate spasms in the colon and stomach. It also protects the liver by relieving liver congestion after a heavy meal or too much alcohol. Yarrow also has a protective effect on the liver against toxicity.
Due to its anti-inflammatory and fluidifying action, yarrow is recommended to alleviate varicose veins and phlebitis. In the same way, yarrow also helps with hemorrhoids.
Take a half full syringe twice a day. Avoid if pregnant.
We wild-crafted this tincture in Taos, New Mexico.