Everyday Yarrow Uses for Natural Healing

Yarrow is historically known for its medicinal properties. Find out how you can use it — in all forms — for natural healing and first-aid treatment.

| January 24, 2014

  • Yarrow Flowers
    A ready first-aid treatment for wounds and nosebleeds, yarrow has larger uses as a circulatory system remedy that both stops bleeding and moves stagnant blood, preventing and clearing blood clots.
    Photo by Fotolia/ksena32
  • Backyard Medicine Book Cover
    “Backyard Medicine,” by Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal, is a book full of natural healing solutions for everyday ailments.
    Cover courtesy Skyhorse Publishing

  • Yarrow Flowers
  • Backyard Medicine Book Cover

Alternative medicine and natural healing have reached into every facet of our lives. Lack of confidence in commercial medicine and an interest in getting closer to nature have made formerly-considered “alternative” treatments mainstream. Backyard Medicine (Skyhorse Publishing, 2009), by Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal, offers fascinating home remedies for everyday ailments. In the following excerpt, find out why they call it a “cure-all” herb with these everyday yarrow uses.

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Backyard Medicine.

Yarrow

Achillea millefolium

Yarrow or milfoil is a leading backyard medicine plant. A ready first-aid treatment for wounds and nosebleeds, it has larger uses as a circulatory system remedy that both stops bleeding and moves stagnant blood, preventing and clearing blood clots. It tones the blood vessels and lowers high blood pressure.



Yarrow is beneficial for a wide range of menstrual problems, and is a first-rate fever herb, used as a hot tea to induce sweating.

Yarrow is a famous wound and fever herb, yet today it can pass unnoticed except as a lawn weed. The legendary Achilles used yarrow as a field dressing for his soldiers’ wounds in the Trojan War, and the plant is named for him. A pity, then, he had none handy for his own fatal heel wound!



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