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Yarrow is a standard herb used to promote perspiration, eliminate toxins, and reduce fever. As an herbal remedy for fever, it combines well with elder flower, peppermint, boneset, cayenne and ginger. One of the best diaphoretic herbs and is a standard remedy for aiding the body to deal with fevers. A peripheral circulatory stimulant, it is utilized in any febrile condition, including acute, chronic and recovery phases and will increase the body’s sensitivity to adrenaline. It lowers blood pressure due to dilation of peripheral vessels. It stimulates digestion and tones the blood vessels, and is specific for thrombotic conditions with hypertension. As a urinary antiseptic it is indicated in infections such as cystitis. Achillea is both a relaxant and tonifying agent for the smooth muscle of the pelvic viscera. Used externally it will aid in the healing of wounds. It is astringent and used as a hemostatic in a variety of bleeding conditions associated with mucous membranes (wounds/ulcers) Cardiovascular Conditions: Varicose veins, elevated diastolic blood pressure. Gastrointestinal Conditions: Being predominately bitter, is used for atonic states of the stomach. The German Commission E lists indications as loss of appetite and dyspeptic ailments, such as mild, spastic discomforts of the gastrointestinal tract. Mills and Bone include the use of Achillea as a diaphoretic herb to control fever in gastrointestinal infections and viral hepatitis. Gynecological Conditions: Considered a universal regulator of female reproductive function. It achieves this effect through vitalizing the venous circulation to remove uterine and pelvic congestion. It is a uterine stimulant, and relieves delayed, painful menses and has a spasmolytic effect allaying dysmenorrhea. Is also used as a hemostatic in dysfunctional uterine bleeding. Will check excessive bleeding (eg. menorrhagia) if taken long-term and is used as a supportive herb for uterine myomas. As sitz bath Achillea can be used in the treatment of painful, cramp-like psychosomatic conditions in the lower part of the female pelvis. Respiratory System Conditions: Indicated as a diaphoretic in acute and chronic bronchitis.
Achillea millefolium
Astringent, Antiinflammatory, Antispasmodic, Antipyretic, Diaphoretic, Antiseptic, Vulnerary, Bitter
Cayenne, Ginger, Goldenseal, Peppermint, Bayberry
Used with caution. High doses may cause headaches and photosensitivity.
Infusion: 1-2 tsp/cup, infuse 15 min, TID or hourly in fevers. Tincture: (1:5, 25%), 2-4 ml TID. Dried herb: 2-4g, TID.