Benefits and Side Effects of Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium)
Yarrow, a member of asteraceae family, is a flowering plant species. It is native to temperate regions of the northern hemisphere such as Asia, Europe, and North America. It grows in both moist and dry areas such as roadsides, meadows, fields and coastal areas. In ancient times, yarrow was used to reduce blood flow from wounds. Today, it is known for its benefits for many diseases from cold to toothache. Let’s take a closer look at this medicinal plant. Here yarrow benefits and side effects as follows.
Yarrow can grow in areas up to 3500 meters above sea level. The plant blooms from May to July and remains in bloom for several months. Yarrow is usually found in slightly disturbed soils of grasslands and open forests. Its full growth takes place in the spring.
How to use yarrow
Yarrow is used for fever, colds, hay fever, amenorrhea, dysentery, diarrhea, anorexia, gastrointestinal (GI) system disorders.
Fresh leaves can also be chewed to relieve toothache.
- It is very useful to rub yarrow on the skin to stop the bleeding of hemorrhoids. Women with hemorrhoid sores and painful menstrual bleeding and cramps can use yarrow. For this, add yarrow to a tub and sit in it.
- Yarrow is used with other herbs for bloating, intestinal gas (flatulence), mild gastrointestinal (GI) cramps, and other GI complaints.
- You can use young leaves of yarrow in dishes and salads.
- Yarrow is also used in cosmetics as a facial cleanser.
- You can add yarrow oil to your shampoos for shinier hair.
What are the benefits of yarrow?
Yarrow contains many chemicals that may affect blood pressure and have anti-inflammatory effects. For this reason, it is beneficial when used as a mouthwash in gum diseases. It is also known to have benefits in complaints such as fever, cold, hay fever, diarrhea, stomach ailments, bloating, gas problems.
What are the side effects of yarrow ?
- In some people, when yarrow is taken by mouth, it can cause drowsiness and increase urination.
- When in contact with the skin, yarrow can cause skin irritation. Therefore, we recommend that you consult your doctor before using it.
- Yarrow should not be used in pregnant women as it may affect the menstrual cycle and cause miscarriage.
- Since there is not enough information about the safety of yarrow, it is recommended that breastfeeding mothers avoid using it.
- Yarrow might slow blood clotting. Therefore, it may increase the risk of bleeding in people with bleeding disorders. For the same reason, the use of yarrow before and after surgery is not recommended.
Yarrow tea recipe for menopause
Here is a tea recipe that you can easily prepare at home that help you relax during menopause:
- half a teaspoon of anise
- a pinch of yarrow
Preparation of yarrow tea
Put anise and yarrow in a cup of hot water, let it brew for a while.
It is recommended to drink 2 cups in the afternoon and evening. In addition, it is more effective if you drink 2 cups of sage tea during the daytime. Since both teas contain natural phytoestrogens, they have a relaxing effect as a natural support for menopausal women. Especially yarrow and anise help prevent hot flashes and sleep well at night.