Many people cannot imagine the day without this plant. Yarrow (Latin name Achillea Millefolium) is a perennial plant which belongs to medicinal herbs.
It is useful in emergency situations when is necessary to stop bleeding and heal a wound. This plant can help substantially in reducing serious cuts and head injuries.
It grows almost everywhere and you can buy it in health stores worldwide. Usually, grows along the road, in pastures, meadows, next to the railway, in the villages and even on dirty and wasteland. So it doesn’t choose a place! If you don’t cultivate anything, try at least the yarrow, because it is the real herbal first aid that each household should have. If you don’t have a garden, you can grow it in pots or smaller jars on the terrace. Yarrow can grow to a height of 1 meter and it looks beautiful in the gardens!
This plant can grow along with the vegetables because it doesn’t destroy them. The root secrets the secretion which strengthens vegetables. So it reduces the possibility of disease in other plants, fruits, and vegetables in your garden.
The plant has a very strong smell and bitter taste. If the cows eat it, they give the milk a very unpleasant taste.
Yarrow is a pretty undervalued plant with many health benefits and useful features.
The recommended dose is 4.5 grams per day in the inflammation state. However, there is still no official and valid research that clearly defines the maximum amount of plant input.
How to make a tea of yarrow?
Ingredients that you need:
- 1 tablespoon of dried yarrow
- 1 cup boiling water
- A slice of lemon
Put the dried plant in the cup of boiling water. Then leave 10 minutes to stand. Drain and remove leaves. Add a slice of lemon or honey to your taste.
Another way is to put 2 fresh yarrow leaves in boiling water and let it stand for 10 minutes. Then remove the leaves and add a slice of lemon and teaspoon of honey.
Benefits of yarrow
Mostly, it is used to stop bleeding and to treat wounds. For example, you can put fresh or dried flowers of this plant on the bleeding wound and press. After just 10-30 seconds the wound will stop bleeding (but also this depends on the size of the cut). In addition, it also helps in soothing pain and preventing infections. Some parts of this plant are used for medicine production.
You can use yarrow in treating:
Some people chew fresh leaves of this plant to alleviate a toothache!
In combination with some other plants, it can be used against intestinal gases, cramps, problems with digestion and feeling of bloating.
It is also used in cooking. Fresh leaves are often used in various types of salads.
This plant contains many ingredients that affect the regulation of the blood pressure level. But also, they have anti-inflammatory effects.
Skin cleaning and acne treatment
Yarrow is great for cleansing the skin, especially in people who have a problem with oily skin.
Pour 2 cups of boiling water over 1 cup of dried flower, then cool, drain and apply to the skin. This will also calm the skin and reduce irritation.
Yarrow for menstruation
Yarrow can ease painful periods. This plant contains a compound called tannin. It helps to narrow blood vessels.
Drink this tea during the menstrual period. However, it can be taken several days before the period to reduce the possibility of cyclical bleeding.
For the stomach
Tea can be used to alleviate poor digestion problems. It can also help with the elimination of cramps in the stomach and feelings of bloating.
In addition, this tea is good for alleviating liver problems.
Against gray hair
There are many plants and natural alternatives that are used to wash hair. However, everyone is especially interested in natural methods that can prevent gray hair and restore the old color and shine.
For this purpose, you can make yarrow shampoo and wash your hair 2 to 3 times a week with.
In order to make 1 liter of shampoo, it is necessary to place 2 handfuls of dried yarrow in 1 liter of distilled water. After that, leave for about 30 minutes to soak. Pour the mixture into a glass bottle. Then place it in a refrigerator. Let it stand for about a week.
After washing your hair with a regular shampoo, take the mixture that you made and apply to your hair. Rub in the hair well and massage the head. Just half a cup is used during one wash. After applying the mixture, let it stand, do not rinse it.
Allegedly, some people have succeeded in returning real color to the gray hair and improving the shine of hair using this method. It also helps rejuvenate and strengthen hair. Progress is slow, so you have to be persistent.
Reducing stress and a better sleep
This plant contains an ingredient called thujone. This ingredient has a hypnotic effect and a similar effect as marijuana. That is why the best is to drink yarrow tea before bedtime. It has a relaxing effect, which ensures a deeper and better quality of sleep.
In general, this plant is safe for consumption. However, medicines and supplements made from this plant contain higher amounts of thujone, which may be problematic if taken too much.
Epileptics should consult a doctor before using this plant.
The most common side effect is contact dermatitis or rash. Symptoms are red skin and itching.
Yarrow is not considered to be a toxic plant, but be sure to avoid it during pregnancy.
We strongly recommend that you consult your doctor or professional before consuming this plant.
Yarrow can slow down the process of blood clotting, so there is a risk of increased bleeding during and after surgery. A reputable WebMD portal advises stopping consuming this plant at least 2 weeks prior to scheduled surgery.
Since this plant slows down the blood clotting, in theory, this plant can increase bleeding in people who already have problems and bleeding disorders.
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