Yarrow – Organic

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Commonly known as Yarrow, Staunchweed. Originally from Europe, Iran, Siberia & the Himalayas. It is naturalised throughout Australia & New Zealand. Historically known as a Heal-all; for melancholy; blood purifier; kidney disorders; used to staunch bleeding; toothaches; baldness (as a wash); mouth & eye wash; healing agent for wounds.
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Part Used:

Flowering herb & flowers.

Nutritional Constituents:

Vitamins: A, C, E & K

Minerals: Manganese, Copper, Potassium, Iron & Iodine

Active Constituents:

• Volatile oil including cineol, pinene, borneol, eugenol, thujone, isovalerianic aci, salicylic acid, achillin (which converts to azulene with steam distillation)

• Bitter glyco-alkaloid called achilleine

• Tannins

• Flavonoids, including apigenin, luteolin, quercetin & rutin

• Cyanogenic glycosides

• Sesquiterpene lactones

• Hydroxycoumarins

• Asparagine

This represents a partial list of constituents as to date 42 constituents have been isolated from Achillea.

Main Actions are:

• Astringent

• Diaphoretic

• Anti-haemorrhagic & styptic

• Hypotensive

• Bitter tonic

• Anti-spasmodic

• Menstrual regulator

• Circulatory tonic

• Mucous membrane tonic

• Diuretic

• Anti-inflammatory

• Antiseptic

• Anti-histamine

Used traditionally in the following areas:

Cardiovascular System:

It is a tonic for the blood vessels in particular arterioles and venules and is a diaphoretic. In its role as a circulatory tonic Achillea behaves as an amphoteric agent. It will both dilate vessels that are too tightly constricted and bring tone to those that are too flaccid. So some of the conditions you may consider using within this area are:

• Varicose Veins

• Haemorrhoids (internal & external)

• Venous Stasis

• Varicose Ulcers

• Phlebitis

• Hypertension

• Palpitations

• to lower diastolic pressure when used over a period of time

BHP specific use of Achillea is for thrombotic conditions with hypertension including conditions affecting coronary and cerebral circulation.

Respiratory/Immune System

• Fever

• Common Colds & Influenza

• Asthma

• Bronchitis

• Sinusitis

• Hayfever

Mucous membrane tonic used in all catarrhal conditions.

Gastrointestinal System:

• Internal bleeding generally

• Intestinal Colic

• Acute & Chronic Gastritis

• Anorexia

• Acute or Chronic Dyspepsia & general Indigestion

• Diarrhoea

Anti-haemorrhagic & mucous membrane tonic for GIT too.

Urinary System:

• Cystitis

• Urethritis

Diuretic & Antiseptic

Reproductive Tract:

• Dysmenorrhoea (especially chronic)

• Amenorrhoea

• Menorrhagia

• Leucorrhoea

• Pelvic Atonia

• Regulation of the Menstrual Cycle

Muscloskeletal System:

• Rheumatism (chronic conditions affecting the joints and connective tissues surrounding them)


Infusion 2 – 4gm tds (3 x daily)

• Rarely an allergic rash may occur from lying in newly mown grass in which Achillea has been grown. Excessive doses of the fresh herb can cause vertigo & headache (so do not exceed given dosage)

(Above information from: “Materia Medica of Western Herbs for the Southern Hemisphere” by C.Fisher & G.Painter)


Organic Yarrow Achillea millefolium


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