Common names: Milfoil,
Nosebleed, Soldier's Herb, Woundwort, Blood- wort and Knight's
Yarrow is a medicinal herb that would be difficult to be without; it is
of great value for many illnesses but first and foremost, it is a herb for
I cannot recommend Yarrow enough for women.
Abbe Kneipp says in his
writings: "Women could be spared many troubles, if they just took Yarrow tea
from time to time!"
Be it a young girl with irregular menstruation or an older
woman during menopause or already past it, for everyone young and old, it is of
importance to drink a cup of Yarrow tea from time to time. It is beneficial for
the reproductive organs of women and they cannot do a better thing for their
health than, while walking through the fields, pick some Yarrow.
It grows in
meadows and pastures, by roadsides and paths. The flowers are white or pink,
have an aromatic smell and should be picked in bright sunshine, since the
volatile oils and, therefore, their curative quality are greater.
It was said of
a young woman that she had cancer in the abdomen. She received cobalt treatment.
The relatives were told that there was no cure. I thought of the Abbe Kneipp and
his advice for abdominal disorders and asked the woman to drink as much Yarrow
tea as she could, I was surprised when after three weeks, I received a note
saying she felt great and her weight was returning slowly but surely to normal.
For inflammation of the ovaries, the first sitz bath will often relieve the pain,
and the inflammation will slowly subside.
These site baths are also successful
against bedwetting of children and older people, as well as "whites". In these
cases 2 cups of Yarrow tea should be drunk daily as well.
For prolapse of the
uterus sitz baths are taken for a long time, 4 cups of Lady's Mantle tea are
sipped daily and the area of the abdomen from the vagina upward is rubbed with
Shepherd's Purse tincture.
For fibroids Yarrow sitz baths are taken until a
medical check-up shows no sign of them anymore.
A girl of nineteen had not yet
menstruated. A gynaecologist prescribed the pill for her. Her breasts became
quite large but there was no menstrual flow. She refused to continue with the
pill. Her mother came to see me and I told her to give the girl a cup of Yarrow
tea on an empty stomach every morning. After 4 weeks everything was in order and
the girl has had no problems since.
A woman during menopause should take
advantage of Yarrow tea and save herself a lot of inner restlessness and other
Yarrow sitz baths are also good for the health. For neuritis in arms
and legs, foot and arm baths with an addition of Yarrow are soothing, but the
Yarrow has to be picked in the midday sun. These baths often relieve the pain
after the first use.
Dr. Lutze recommends Yarrow tea for "congestion in the
head, accompanied by terrible pain, giddiness, nausea, running and weeping eyes,
sharp pain in the eyes and nose bleeding..." Migraine, caused by weather
changes, is often relieved after only one cup of Yarrow tea which has to be
sipped fairly hot. If the tea is drunk regularly, migraine can disappear
In old herbals Yarrow is called "cure of all ills" and can be used
in cases that seem hopeless. Through its blood cleansing action many an illness
is expelled from the body. It is worth a try. That Yarrow acts directly and best
on the bone marrow and thus stimulates blood renewal, is not well known.
is therefore helpful for disorders of the bone marrow, even caries, where other
medication is of no avail, if the tea is drunk, baths are taken and a friction
with Yarrow tincture is used.
Yarrow is an excellent remedy for stopping
bleeding in the lungs and used together with Calamus roots heals lung cancer.
The Calamus roots are chewed throughout the day and a cup of Yarrow tea is
sipped every morning and evening.
The tea is beneficial for bleeding
haemorrhoids, stomach bleeding, indigestion and heartburn.
For colds, back or
rheumatic pain Yarrow tea is drunk as hot as possible and in large amounts.
tea activates sluggish kidneys, rectifies lack of appetite, dispels flatulence
and stomach cramps, is beneficial for liver disorders, inflammation of the
gastro-intestinal tract and regulates the movement of the bowels. Since the
Yarrow helps in circulatory disorders and vascular spasm, it is recommended for
Sitz baths or washing with a decoction of Yarrow relieve
troublesome itching in the vagina.
An ointment is prepared from Yarrow flowers
and used for haemorrhoids.
litre of boiling water is poured over 1 heaped teaspoon
of herbs, infused for a short time.
Yarrow flowers, picked in the sun, are placed loosely into a bottle. 38% to 40%
rye whisky or wodka is poured over them and the bottle is left in the sun or in
a warm place for 14 days.
Yarrow ointment: 90 gm. unsalted
butter or lard are heated, 15 gm. freshly picked, cut Yarrow flowers and 15 gm.
finely cut Raspberry leaves are added, stirred till crackling occurs and removed
from the heat. The next day it is slightly warmed, pressed through a piece of
linen, poured into clear jars and stored in the refrigerator.
bath: 100 gm. Yarrow (the whole herb) are steeped in cold water
overnight. The next day brought to the boil and added to the bath water (see
General Information "sitz bath").
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