Yarrow - Best Herb for Digestion | Stomach Ailments | Constipation
Achillea mille folium Compositae/Asteraceae Also called Milfoil
This European herb grows on rough ground in meadows and on roadsides. Its thin dark green leaves are divided into many segments, reflected in its Latin name oj 'millifolium', which means 'a thousand leaves'. Flat heads oj numerous tiny white, or sometimes pink,flowers appear in summer.
The flowers contain 0.2-0.5 per cent essential oil, whereas the leaves contain 0.02-0.07 per cent. The oil contains sesquiterpenes, namely azulene and lactone achilleine, which have an anti-inflammatory action. Anti-inflammatory flavonoids are also present as well as tannins, alkaloids and bitter compounds.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT digestive disorders LIQUID EXTRACT Take up to 2ml three times a day. INFUSION Put 1 teaspoon of the dried plant into 250ml of boiling water. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes, then strain. Drink 3-4 cups a day.
For external use
TO TREAT uterine pains
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
As a result of its numerous active components, yarrow has many medicinal uses. Its antispasmodic, carminative(ability to relieve the build-up of trapped wind), its anti-inflammatory and anthelminthic (capacity to destroy intestinal worms) actions are mostly due to its essential oil. Animal studies published in 1982 in Economic Botany established the anti-inflammatory action of the constituent azulene. Azulene also possesses antibacterial qualities,as reported in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 1986.
The plant is commonly used for the relief of digestive disorders including stomach ailments, inflammation of the intestinal walls, constipation and flatulence.
Used externally, yarrow's antiinflammatory action relieves rheumatic pains and haemorrhoids. It is also used to treat mouth infections, conjunctivitis, eczema and other conditions including fevers.
Yarrow is diuretic, it lowers blood pressure and is also indicated for treating thrombotic diseases, and hypertension. In addition, it can be used to combat urinary tract infections.
The plant has traditionally been used to soothe uterine cramps during menstruation and childbirth. Taken regularly in small doses it can also help to regulate the menstrual cycle, particularly when menstruation is scant or infrequent.
It is used to reduce phlegm and treat conditions of the respiratory tract. Common yarrow can.also cleanse greasy skin and is often found in cosmetic products.
Plant in well-drained soil and position in a sunny location
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