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Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium) - Herbal Tincture

Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium) - Herbal Tincture

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ize: 1 oz (w/dropper included)-- approx. 10 days supply


What is it?:

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) has been revered as a healing herb since ancient times. In China, yarrow sticks were used to reawaken the spiritual forces of the mind when divining with the I-Ching. The plant was thought to balance yin and yang forces and to make possible the meeting of heaven and earth. For the Greeks, yarrow was thought to provide protection, and yarrow was used by various Native American groups to its ability keep away flies and mosquitoes, to purify areas where sick people lay, drunk as a tea to induce sweating during flu-like symptoms, to purify the blood, and to ease bloody diarrhea. It was also valued for its energetic and spiritual qualities. The Teton Dakota People call yarrow “medicine for the wounded"... “Warrior plant” is another common name for yarrow among native communities across the United States and Canada.

Energetically speaking, yarrow can be thought about as being cooling, anti-inflammatory, bitter in taste, and antimicrobial. It induces sweating and affects the blood and circulation. Some of its uses in the practice of contemporary herbalism include:

First Aid: Yarrow is named “warrior plant” for good reason. It stops bleeding both externally and internally. When you get a wound, it helps blood platelets stick together and form a scab. Herbalist Matthew Wood describes how yarrow sucks up blood from wounded tissue and draws it back into the vessels, and used in a poultice it stops bleeding from deep cuts and wounds almost immediately. This, combined with yarrow’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, makes it a perfect first aid remedy.

Invigorates Blood: Yarrow both activates blood platelets and breaks up coagulated blood as well. So it is similar to the main ingredient in Yunnan Baiyao formula (San qi) in that it (yarrow) stops bleeding without creating blood stagnation (which could create a big bruise and slow healing down at the point of bleeding and/or trauma).

The Digestive System: Yarrow is a bitter herb that stimulates digestion. It is one of the bitter herbs in vermouth and is used as a hops substitute in beer brewing; thus, yarrow treats poor appetite due to low digestive secretions and associated inflammation that comes from chronic poor digestion.

Colds and Flu: Yarrow fights infection, stimulates sweating, and lowers fever.

Menses: Yarrow helps rebalance & "correct" disregulated menstruation and can also be used to stop post-partum bleeding/hemorrhaging.


Yarrow should not be used during pregnancy.

Yarrow is to be used carefully (i.e. under guided supervision) or not at all for coagulation disorders (especially in conjunction with blood thinners/anti-coagulant drugs).

 What is it good for:

  • first aid for mild to moderate traumatic injuries
  • stops bleeding
  • strengthening digestive processes
  • fights infection, stimulates sweating, and lowers fever
  • helps rebalance disregulated menses
  • addresses post-partum bleeding 

What else you might like to know:

It is important to understand that herbs work by restoring balance to the body. This means that you usually have to take an herb or a formula for a longer period of time than you would with pharmaceuticals in order to get results-- usually at least a month, and often times longer than that... it all depends on the individual and the nature of the ailment being addressed.

Ingredients: Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Directions for use:

Shake Well before each use.

Maintenance Serving: Dissolve 1-2 droppers (1/2 tsp.) in warm water or juice 2-3 times daily.

Augmented Serving: Take 1 full tsp. 2 to 3 times daily in warm water or juice or as directed by a qualified herbalist familiar with the use of Chinese herbs and formulas.

To evaporate alcohol place in hot water.

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