Daily Dose of Yarrow: 1-2tsp
Yarrow, or Achillea millefolium, is a flowering plant that is native to temperate regions in the Northern Hemisphere. It has feathery leaves, tall stalks, and tiny blossoms. Yarrow has been used as a medicinal herb since ancient Greek and Roman times. The plant derives its scientific name from a myth about Achilles and how he supposedly sealed his fellow warriors’ wounds with yarrow. It is also used similarly in modern times as a topical treatment for healing external wounds. It works as an antiseptic for cleaning the wounds and an astringent to help slow the bleeding. Powdered yarrow can also be sprinkled onto the wound or it can be added to a salve or ointment. A leaf of yarrow can even be applied to a nosebleed to stop the bleeding. It is also used to treat conditions of the female reproductive tract such as treating irregular menstrual cycles, cramps, and to reduce heavy menstrual flow. It works because it contains chemicals called tannins which constricts blood vessels and may even have anti-inflamatory effects. When combined with other herbs and taken as a tea, it can be used to treat colds and the flu. Yarrow promotes sweating to bring down the body temperature and reduce fever. Its astringency can also reduce excessive mucus production.
It’s always best to consult a physician before taking any supplements and yarrow is no exception. It may interact with sedatives, medications that reduce stomach acid, and blood pressure medication. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take yarrow as it may increase the chance of a miscarriage. Yarrow can increase the amount of lithium in the body, which can lead to kidney damage. A typical dose of these herbs would be 1 teaspoon or about 4.5g for inflammatory conditions. 1-2 teaspoons of the dried herb can be steeped into 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, creating a cold remedy. Drink up to 3 times a day.