October 8, 2010

yarrowYarrow (Achillea Millefolium) is a perennial herb which we can see very often in roadsides and meadows in Europe and North America. It is believed that the plant is known for more than three millenia. In old times this herb was used for decorating gardens and houses, and it also played a role as an important ingredient for various herbal remedies. It is possible to use flowers, leaves, stems and roots of yarrow for various herbal preparations and homemade remedies.

Health benefits of yarrow are numerous as this plant is very rich in antioxidants. Therapeutic properties include anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, soothing, anti-spasmodic, regulating, astringent, diaphoretic, carminative, hemostatic and many other actions of yarrow extracts. Centuries ago yarrow was a very common herb used to treat all possible wounds and sores, reduce swellings and inflammation, heal skin ulcers, burns, cuts, insect stings and almost all possible skin problems.

health benefits of yarrowOther health benefits of yarrow embrace its properties to treat various symptoms of colds and the flu, including sore throat, whooping cough, chest pains, fever, as well as the symptoms of asthma. Anti-inflammatory properties of this herb can be used to relieve arthritis pains and sore muscle, reducing pains in joints and low back. Also, herbal remedies with yarrow are recommended to young women who have regular menstrual pains and cramps.

Yarrow health benefits include  excellent power of this herb to ease contractions of nerves and muscles, this way treating chronic headaches and migraines. Yarrow tea is a great solution for everyone who has chronic digestion problems like heartburn, bloating, indigestion and others. This herbal remedy can be used to treat urinary infections, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, problems with gall bladder function and so on. Finally, yarrow is a great natural solution to strengthen teeth and gums. Do not forget to consult your doctor or a health care specialist before taking yarrow as this herbal remedy can cause skin irritation, headaches and other side effects.

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.

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