Common name: Yarrow

Latin Binomial: Achillea millefolium

 

Medicinal Uses


If you’re a fan of Greek mythology, you may be familiar with it as the herb with which Achilles was thought to have treated his wounded soldiers after battle. Despite the legendary pursuits of the fictional hero that inspired its name, in modern medicine, Yarrow has developed a reputation as an herb for the female reproductive system because of its effectiveness in regulating the menstrual cycle by stimulating an abnormally absent flow (amenorrhea), slowing an excessive flow (menorrhagia), and relieving painful cramps (dysmenorrhea) due to its anti-spasmodic action (Duke, 1997). Yarrow is a styptic that hastens the blood clotting of wounds, probably why it’s presumed to have been a favorite of Achilles. Finally, Yarrow is a powerful astringent that tightens the tissues in any part of the body, even when applied topically and provides antiseptic action in the female urinary system. Interestingly enough, when it comes to the use of Yarrow for LBL, there appears to only be anecdotal evidence.

 

Dosage and Administration


Yarrow is effective when taken as a tincture, pill, or tea. The tea is a bit bitter but can be mixed with any black tea or sweet-tasting herbal tea to mask the flavor.

 

Reference:

Duke, J.A. (1997). The Green Pharmacy. Rodale, New York, NY.

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