Also known as Common Yarrow, Devil’s Nettle, Gordaldo, Little Feather, Milfoil, Nosebleed Plant, Old Man’s Pepper, Sanguinary, Soldier’s Woundwort, Thousand-Leaf and Thousand-Seal, Yarrow is a flowering plant native to much of the northern hemisphere.
Often used by herbalists in cold and flu remedies, Yarrow has been favoured for its medicinal properties for centuries, and is said to be an astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, stimulant and tonic, as well as being and mild aromatic.
Due to its astringent qualities, Yarrow has been used to help clear excess gastric mucus and also in the treatment of haemorrhoids, ulcers and dyspepsia.
Other traditional uses of Yarrow include the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery, cystitis, varicose veins, phlebitis and thrombosis.
Yarrow is also recommended in the treatment of menstrual pain, heavy periods and excessive bleeding before menopause.
In addition, the flowers of the Yarrow are said to dilate the arteries and lower cholesterol, and are thus indicated in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes.
To make a tea: Use 1-2 teaspoons of Earthfare Organic Yarrow to a cup of boiling water and allow to brew for 10-15 minutes before drinking.
For further information on the properties and use of Yarrow we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.