The name yarrow is apparently derived from hieros, which means sacred, because of the plant’s association with ceremonial magic. Yarrow was thought to be richly endowed with spiritual properties, so it was preserved in temples and treated with special reverence. Its healing effect upon the blood was seen as an ability to influence the ‘life—blood’, the essence or ego that is carried in the blood. It was used as an amulet, a charm to protect against negative energy and evil, capable of overcoming the forces of darkness and being a conductor of benevolent powers. It was also believed to be a love charm and to be ruled by the planet Venus.
Yarrow is an extremely valuable medicinal herb. It’s antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, anti inflammatory, an excellent diaphoretic, vasodilator, febrifuge, haemostatic, diuretic, alterative, digestive, tonic, bitter tonic, hepatic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antihistamine, analgesic, expectorant, an emmenagogue, antiviral, stimulant, tonic, a vasodilator, and vulnerary wound healer.
Yarrow is kind of a bad ass. In fact, yarrow can assist with almost every system in the body, and is used for many different ailments, including colds and flu, cramps, fevers, digestive complaints & disorders, nose bleeds — any hemorrhaging for that matter — skin irritations and infections, to regulate the menses, to stimulate the flow of bile due to its bitterness, and is an excellent blood purifier.
The flower essence helps to clarify boundaries between people: particularly useful for those who are easily influenced and depleted by others and their environment. It is for those who easily absorb negative influences, and may be prone to allergies and environmental illness. By ‘astringing’ the boundaries around a person and preventing their energies from ‘bleeding’ into their environment, it acts to strengthen and solidify the self, the essence, allowing and enhancing their ability to heal, teach, counsel or follow their chosen path.”
Yarrow is one the world’s oldest medicinal plants and has been used since ancient times. It’s uniquely gifted in helping just about anything and everything that could ail one’s mind, body and soul. Like a most beloved friend, the amount of protection, love, and gifts that Yarrow has for us is immense and steadfast.
When used internally, yarrow’s bitterness increases digestion as well as the absorption of nutrients by the body. The astringent gifts of yarrow makes her very useful in stopping diarrhea. In addition, her antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties help to heal infections and swollen organs, like in cases of food poisoning, gastritis, and enteritis. The bitter properties of yarrow invigorate the liver and help it release bile while the antispasmodic gifts (an agent that relieves spasms or cramps) help in relieving cramps arising out of tensions, wind, colic, or nervous digestion.
Yarrow is also beneficial in removing heat and toxins from the system through increased perspiration. A family favorite in my home for colds and flu is called gypsy cold care, which makes use of yarrow’s many gifts, particularly those diaphoretic actions, to help move toxins out of the body via sweating, whic helps the body to break fevers while the antiviral and antibacterial actions support systemic recovery. The herb is also an efficient diuretic, promoting urine production and flow, and helps let out excessive fluids and toxins through enhanced urination. In addition, the herb is useful in soothing painful joints, and also clears acne prone skin. Yarrow contains sterols, which have actions similar to hormones, and aid in balancing the menstrual cycle. Yarrow has an affinity for healing conditions of the blood and circulation. Thus, yarrow is an extremely beneficial remedy for women and what I would consider a woman’s herb for sure.