Yarrow - a perennial herb of the Asteraceae family, in this way, there are more than 150 species. The most common of them: Yarrow, Yarrow naked, bristly yarrow yarrow and Asia. The area of habitat is broad: from North America to the Himalayas and New Zealand.
The healing properties of yarrow are used since ancient times, described in the literature, even Achilles during the Trojan War, it used the plant as a wound-healing agent for the treatment of their soldiers. In medical applications used mainly Yarrow, Yarrow Asian or less bristly.
Useful properties of Yarrow
Medicinal properties of yarrow cause its widespread use in folk medicine for the treatment of diseases, and for their prevention. The composition of this plant is unique, it contains tannins (tannins), phylloquinone (vitamin K), carotene (provitamin A), essential oils, alkaloids, flavonoids, vitamin C, amines, flavone glycosides, formic and acetic acid.
Tannins in the composition of yarrow have a bactericidal, anti-inflammatory, astringent effect, can relieve irritation and skin tone. It is used for excessive sweating, oily, acne, as well as for cosmetic purposes in the wide pores of the skin of the face and to strengthen hair follicles.
Vitamin K strengthens the walls of capillaries, resulting in a reduction of bleeding and improvement of blood clotting. Vitamin K also helps in the healing of wounds and trophic ulcers. Yarrow is used for the treatment of wounds, burns and ulcers, as well as diseases of the liver, jaundice, and some diseases of the blood.
Carotene in the plant in large enough quantities, so the use of yarrow is justified for signs of vitamin A deficiency in the body (brittle hair, dry skin and its peeling, brittle nails, etc.).
The essential oil of this plant has a wealth of chemical composition, it consists of camphor, cineole, borneol, Achille, caryophyllene and many other substances. Essential oils of yarrow help fight skin problems and hair, as well as have a positive effect in frostbite.
Despite the wealth of composition and properties of many useful yarrow is contraindicated for use by pregnant zhenschinamami, as well as certain other conditions. It is necessary to consult with your doctor if you are going to use this plant for medicinal purposes.
Application Yarrow in folk medicine
Yarrow is used as a bactericide, hemostatics, anti-inflammatory, astringent, it also improves the bile.
This plant is used to stop bleeding (eg, nasal, uterine, tooth, lung, and others.). Yarrow helps with gynecological diseases, which are accompanied by heavy menstrual periods (fibroids, endometriosis), a hormone-like action to normalize the menstrual cycle.
Binding properties of yarrow help fight diseases of the digestive system (acute intestinal infections, colitis, enteritis, proctosigmoiditis). Since a part of the plant comprises a resin, silicon and tannins, it is used to treat inflammatory skin disorders, as well as injuries and burns soft tissues.
Treatment of yarrow is justified in inflammatory processes of the urinary tract (cystitis, pyelonephritis), and urolithiasis.
Infusion and fluid extract of this plant is used to improve appetite. A decoction of yarrow is used for diseases of the liver as a choleretic and anti-inflammatory.
In the treatment of viral respiratory infections this plant helps its sudorific and obschestimuliruyuschim action.
The use of yarrow is justified for the treatment of cardiovascular disease, its diuretic effect helps to normalize blood pressure, improve blood circulation and reduce swelling. In addition, this plant helps with disorders of the venous circulation (chronic venous insufficiency with varicose veins), thrombophlebitis, hemorrhoids.
Treatment of yarrow: Recipes
Infusion of yarrow is shown at reduced appetite, with peptic ulcer, gastritis, diarrhea. It is made as follows: 1 tablespoon dry chopped herbs pour 250 ml of boiling water and insist for 1 hour, pre-wrapped. Take the infusion should be 1 tablespoon 3 times a day for half an hour before meals. Also milfoil tincture can be used in inflammatory processes, diseases of the urinary tract and the liver, it is assigned to this 50 ml of 4 times a day before meals. When bleeding (nasal, uterine, hemorrhoids), the infusion is used by 120 ml 4 times a day before meals.
The juice of yarrow is used as wound healing and hemostatics since ancient times. Also, the juice can be used in lung and uterine bleeding, and as laktogonnogo means. With a cold juice of yarrow can be instilled into the nose as a germicide.
If abrasions of the skin, hair loss, seborrhea treatment yarrow helps its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and obschestimuliruyuschim effect. To do this, use it fresh juice with olive oil (mixing ratio 1:10). When pustular skin diseases bandages changed 1 time per day.
When eczema helps strong decoction Yarrow, it must be applied topically for washing and compresses, as well as inside of 1 tablespoon three times a day.
In diseases of the colon, flatulence used yarrow tincture with sage, mint and chamomile. All herbs are taken in equal proportions (1 tablespoon), pour boiling water, to insist to cool. This infusion should be taken ½ cup 4 times a day.
When phlebitis, thrombophlebitis treatment yarrow helps relieve inflammation, swelling and improve the venous circulation. This plant is used in a mixture with cranberries leaves, birch, Helichrysum and buckthorn bark: 50g yarrow, immortelle flowers 200g, 100g of the remaining components are filled with boiling water (1 cup) warm up for 5 minutes, and insists further 4 hours. Take a decoction should be 120 ml 3 times a day before meals.
In the treatment of any herbs you need to know about the contraindications and possible side effects.
Since this plant has hemostatics action, yarrow is contraindicated in increased bleeding during pregnancy on any terms, and it should not be applied to people with low blood pressure. Prolonged treatment yarrow may cause dizziness, headache, rash and nausea.