Achillea millefolium, Yarrow, Αχιλαία
The Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) also known as milfoil, bloodwort and arrowroot among others is a native herb of North America, Asia and Europe.
In ancient times it was also called “herbal militaris” for its remarkable ability to staunch blood flow of wounds. Legend has it that Achilles used the herb to stop bleeding of his soldiers in the battle fields and hence, the name. Administered in the form of tea (strong) it can help with internal bleeding as well. It stops bleeding, reduces inflammation and pain for piles.
The Yarrow tea is used as remedy for cold and fever. The tea also treats obstructed perspiration as it opens the pores and purifies blood. It is also beneficial in eruptive diseases such as measles.
It has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties hence, it’s effective in treating cuts, wounds and even burns. Taken internally, the Achillea millefolium counters spasms and cramps of the stomach and uterus. It is also strengthens the liver and gall bladder and improves digestion.
Its diuretic and anti-inflammatory traits heal urinary infection. It is also highly effective in reducing menstrual pain and excessive bleeding. It is used sometimes to delay the onset of the periods.
Washing hair with Achillea millefolium is known to prevent baldness; however, it should not be used over a prolonged period as it might cause skin sensitivity to sunlight.
The essential oil of yarrow is used to kill mosquito larvae. It is an excellent insect repellent.