First Aid Remedies Made With
The Yarrow Plant
The Yarrow plant, Latin name Achillea millefolium, is
one of the most highly valued plants for treating the common
cold and influenza.
The plant's Latin name is derived from the famous Greek hero
Achilles. It is believed that the plant was used during the
Trojan wars, where it was used to treat war wounds. Yarrow also
has a curious folk name: "nosebleed."
This folk nickname is a testimony to its traditional use as
a first aid herb. Yarrow has been used in the past as an
emergency styptic to stop bleeding.
These days, Yarrow is mostly used to treat colds and flu's,
but it is also used to treat problems with the circulatory,
digestive and urinary system. You can usually find Yarrow
growing in meadows.
Most traditional herbalists describe Yarrow as alternately
dry, sweet, cook, astringent and sometimes slightly bitter in
taste. The constituents of the Yarrow plant included salicylic
acid, volatile oils (including proazulenes), isovalerianic
acid, flavonoids, sterols, tannins, bitters, asparagin, and
The action of the plant is described astringent, relaxing, a
promoter of sweat, a blood vessel relaxant, febrifuge, and
restorative for the menstrual system. The essential oil of
Yarrow is described as anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and
Several parts of the Yarrow plant are used to create herbal
remedies. These include the plants aerial parts, its leaves,
its essential oil, and its flowers. The leaves of the plant are
believed to contain properties that encourage clotting.
The leaves are also used fresh as an herbal remedy to combat
nose bleeding. However, if Yarrow leaves are used to treat
nosebleeds, they must not be inserted into the nostril directly
as this can cause a nosebleed. The leaves of the Yarrow plant
can be harvested throughout the growing season.
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The essential oils of the Yarrow plant are also used to make
herbal remedies. The oils are extracted from the Yarrow plant
by steam distillation of the flowers. The essential oils of the
plant are generally used as an anti-inflammatory or in chest
rubs that can be applied when a person is suffering from a cold
or influenza. Extracts from the Yarrow plant have also been
used to make an effective mosquito repellent.
The flowers of the Yarrow plant can also be
used to make herbal remedies. For instance, the flowers have
been shown to be rich in chemicals that can be converted by
steam into antiallergenic compounds. These chemicals can be
used to treat various allergic problems, including mucus
problems and hay fever. Traditional herbalists harvest the
flower during the summer and fall.
Aloe Vera is one of the most useful
houseplants you can buy. There are so many ways
to use the plant that even though it is a
tropical plant, having it in the house will
provide you with a very versatile living first
aid kit in a pot.
There are many applications for the Yarrow
plant. Its flowers can be used to infuse and drink as a hot tea
that helps treat common ailments of the upper respiratory
system, including excessive phlegm. The aerial parts of the
Yarrow plant can also be used to reduce fevers when it is
prepared in a hot tea. You can also use Yarrow in a chest rub
to treat chest colds, influenza, or to relieve severe