Yarrow - Achillea Millefolium – Herb
Blending Note: Middle to Top
Main Benefits: Diaphoretic, Astringent, Tonic, Stimulant and mild aromatic
Properties: Anti-Inflammatory, Antirheumatic, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic,
Astringent, Carminative, Cicatrisant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Expectorant,
Haemostatic, Hypotensive, Stomachic and Tonic.
Origin: Western Europe, China
Other Producers: North America, Asia
Allergy Warning: Do not use yarrow oil during pregnancy. Prolonged use may cause headaches and may irritate sensitive skin.
Yarrow's virtues as a healing herb have been well-known since ancient times. It's Latin name, Achillea millefolium, is derived from the Greek Hero Achilles, who was said to rely on this humble herb to heal his warriors on the battle field. It's been used in Western Europe and China as a tool for divination for centuries, including a variety of dream and waking rituals and verses for discovering one's true love. Perhaps its most well-known use is in conjunction with the I Ching, where bundles of 64 long, straight yarrow sticks are used to read the hexagrams associated with this system of divination. Yarrow has been long recognized as a protective, healing plant. Achilles, after whom yarrow is named, was reputed to have used yarrow to heal wounds on the battle field.
In fact, yarrow has a long-standing reputation among herbalists in Europe, North America, and Asia for its ability to slow and stop the flow of blood. Part of yarrow's magic is the ability to slow the flow of energy going to a wound to a rate that aids in healing. Yarrow magic is the magic of intentional restraint. Intentional restraint, one of yarrows lessons and skills, is about recognizing that wounds, especially deep ones, benefit from slow and carefully protected healing. Yarrow reminds us to give energy to our healing process, but not to allow the energy to overwhelm us. Likewise, yarrow reminds us to protect ourselves and our vulnerable places so that they can heal.
Yarrow oil is extracted from Achillea millefolium of the Compositea family and is also known as milfoil, nosebleed, common yarrow and thousand leaf. Yarrow oil has a sweet, spicy smell and the viscosity is watery. It is a perennial herb that grows up to 1 meter high and has fern-like feathery leaves and bears numerous pink-white, dense flower heads. It is also known as milfoil, referring to its feathery appearance and was used as a charm in Scotland and was credited with having powers to ward off evil.
It has a reputation of having an all-healing action and has been used for a variety of ailments throughout the ages and is even added to some Swedish beers. Yarrow oil is extracted from the dried herb by steam distillation. Achillea Millefolium, as Yarrow essential oil is botanically known, is a perennial herb that is well known throughout Europe. This herb is believed to be a remedy for a number of ailments and diseases and has other significance in European culture as well. Its juice is sometimes mixed with alcoholic beverages to boost their health benefits.
Varicose Veins, Haemorrhoids. Menstruation, Menopausal Problems, Cystitis Infection, Flatulence, Colic, Cramp, Indigestion Constipation, Hypertension Insomnia, Wounds, Rashes, Cuts, Eczema, Scars, Burns, Hair Growth, Stress.
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