Yarrow Medicinal Uses
: antispasmodics, astringents, colds, fevers, digestive
Yarrow is a plant that, well, almost resembles a weed because you will see them growing alongside roadways and freeways across America. But this seemingly noxious plant is actually an herb with a proven medicinal history.
Yarrow grows between 10 and 20 inches, is a perennial herb that yields a single stem that is fibrous and rough. It flowers in several bunches of flat-topped panicles of numerous small white flower heads which bloom from May to August. They really are beautiful and truly, I’ve always thought they were a wildflower, probably due to their propensity to flourish in open fields.
For medicinal use, gather stems and leaves in the flowering stage and hang them upside down to dry thoroughly. They will be ready to use medicinally after they are dried. All parts of the flower are used for this purpose. Store in dry air-tight containers that will not receive much light.
To make a Tea: steep 1 heaping tsp. in 1 cup boiling water for 30 minutes. Drink 3 or 4 cups per day an hour before meals and upon retiring. It must be warm to be effective.
Purdue University says this of Yarrow.
Read more: Medicinal Herb series