Cut & sifted. Not to be used during pregnancy. Consult a health care provider prior to external use if you suffer from allergies related to the Asteraceae family. BOTANICAL NAME: ACHILLEA MILLEFOLIUM
Approximately 18 cups/lb.
Yarrow flowers bloom from June to September. There are many lovely garden varieties in hues of pink, purple, and cream, but the flowers of the traditional herb are white. You will also see it called milfoil, soldier's woundwort, nosebleed and thousand leaf.
970-Bulk Yarrow Flowers, Organic, 1 lb.
- Yarrow is considered a pungent, bitter, cold herb that expels heat. It offers support during cold and flu season* when taken as a hot tea. A traditional herbal tea that combines one part each of yarrow, spearmint and elder flowers is also used for this purpose. Yarrow is considered a bitter tonic, and, like other bitter tonics, it can be taken before and after meals. A tea blend of linden flowers and yarrow flowers is traditionally consumed to help combat restlessness. Yarrow is also a popular tincture for first aid purposes. *This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. For yarrow herb tea: cover one teaspoon of yarrow with one cup of hot water, cover and let stand for five to ten minutes. The tea is quite bitter; a bit of honey or flavorful, complementary herbs, such as peppermint or spearmint, can be added.
Yarrow acts as a diaphoretic when given hot which causes the body to sweat. Some people would recommend yarrow whenever there is a fever. Fever can be a sign of malfunction in the body according to Dr. Christopher. If you suppress the fever with aspirin or some other drug, the heart has to work that much harder to pump not only the original toxicity from the body, but also the corpses of the germs. This can damage the heart, kidneys, nervous system, circulatory system and lead to other chronic illnesses. Yarrow tea raises the temperature naturally, opens the pores for waste to escape and promotes perspiration. As long as moisture is going into the body and perspiration is occurring , there is little damage that can be done by fevers. You can use the tea in a tub of hot water to help a person who is sick with fever. After the tub, rinse them with cool water and put them to bed.
It is also used to eliminate lung congestion and to stop hemorrhage or bleeding from the lungs. It is also good for nose bleeds, bloody urine, and excessive menstruation.
Externally, yarrow is used as a poultice on wounds to stop bleeding and to help them heal faster. The tea can be used as an enema for hemorrhoids or piles. An ointment made from yarrow can be used on ulcers and soft tumors.
Most of this information comes from an article by Jo Francks who is a Master Herbalist graduate of The School of Natural Healing.