Yarrow - Heroic plant
In the Middle Ages yarrow was considered a wicker grass and a devil's plaything because it was used in various spells. This herb of undiscovered healing properties has been attributed to numerous magical properties and associated with numerous legends through the past. Yarrow (lat. Achillea millefolium) is kept in the temples and treated with special respect. It was used as an amulet because it was believed to bring love and happiness and protect from negative energy and evil. In China, his stem was used to awaken spiritual strength during ritual prose, while the old Druids used yarrow in their rituals and covered the house thresholds for protection against evil forces. According to stories from the past, carried around the neck served for wound healing and regeneration, thanks to the name of the haiduk grass. It was believed that a bundle of decorators hanged on the door or tied to the cradle for the ivory night provided a year without illness.
The Latin name of the plant millefolium means "a thousand leaves", which refers to its small, perennial leaflets which are easily recognizable. Achilles refers to Greek hero Achilles who, according to Greek mythology, tried to heal the wound on the heel gained in the Troy War. Greek physician Dioskorid wrote in the first century about his healing influence on the wounds. The ancient Greeks used it more than 3,000 years ago to treat the wounds. Fresh flowers and leaves were used for tea. Fresh leaves were used to stop bleeding, treat gastrointestinal problems, lower the temperature, reduce menstrual bleeding and improve the circulation and to lessen toothache. It's a popular medicine known as a tonic for nerves. In Germany, yarrow was used against anxiety, melancholy, and mood swings while in England it was obliged to wear wedding bouquets to provide seven years of fortune to the bride.
Chinese medicine praises it because of its impact on the kidneys, spleen, liver and energy channels in the body. Numerous studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in wound cleansing, stopping of bleeding, and cuts and scratches which is why it was used in the First World War.
It contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic oils and silicium that has an excellent effect on damaged tissues. It acts as an antihistaminic, antiseptic, vasodilator, diuretic, antispasmodic, analgesic, expectorant, stimulant and as an excellent blood purifier.
The magical plant for women
This healing plant of white, pale pink and pink little flowers, which has long been known for its many healing properties, has an immense impact on virtually every organ. Many studies have shown that it improves cervical tone and reduces cramps, which is why it is also known as a wound healing tonic. It is traditionally used during childbirth and cervical spine reduction. It is precisely because of this that it is considered extremely curative for women because it regulates the menstrual cycle, reduces the symptoms of PMS and those of menopause. It can also help with ovarian and bladder inflammation.
The bitter substances induce the secretion of saliva, gastric juice and of the bile, while the potassium leads to increased secretion of urine. Thanks to its flavonoids it improves the digestion and helps with cramps, pains, a weak appetite, gastritis, colitis or inflammation of the colon and stomach.
It has a beneficial effect on the liver and gall bladder function, it has good effect on the kidneys because it stimulates the secretion of urine. It cleanses blood, reduces blood pressure and helps with bleeding, for example, from the nose or hemorrhoids. It acts antibacterial and is used also in cough, bronchitis, colds and flu. Reduces allergy symptoms such as tearing eyes and clogged nose that are caused by dust and pollen. It works also anti-inflammatory, which is why it is used in artritis and other rheumatic disorders.
Promotes sweating in cases of flu, fever and colds. It is also useful for all skin problems like wounds, ulcers, dermatitis, sore skin, psoriasis, eczema, redness and acne. It is also recommended for diabetes, rheumatism, gout, nervous tension, migraine and insomnia.
Traditional used for:
- skin wounds and bleeding
- to reduce inflammations, especially of the digestive tract
- sedative to relieve anxiety and insomnia
Today used for:
- Loss of apetite
- Poor digestion, digestive problems, flatulence, heartburn
- As a diuretic, to increase the urine flow
- Amenorrhea or irregular menstrual cycle
- Menstrual cramps
- Muscle cramps, arthritis
- Against infections
- With alleviated temperature since it promets sweating
- Wound healing
Prevents bacterial growth
It blooms from June to September on a sunny and warm habitat, and it can often be found on the meadows and along the roadside. It grows like a simple, upright and hairy stalk. It's herbs are flowers, leaves and stems, and the plant itself is plucked up in its bloom.
It is available in the form of dried or fresh herbs, in capsules or pills, and as tincture and balm. Scientific research has confirmed the effect of the tincture on bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtillus, Mycobacterium smegmatis, Escherichia coli, Shigella sonnei and Shigella flexnii.
The leaf extract slows the development of pathogenic germs because tannin and essential oil prevent wound festering and contribute to a faster healing with pain relief. The leaves have a bitter taste and are used in mixed salads and best used while they are still young. Leaves can also be used as a preservative or a beer aroma.Tea can be made from flowers and leaves and it's essential oils are used in aromatherapy for artritis and rheumatic disorders, neuralgia, inflammation and infections.
Thanks to the essential oil, it acts disinfectant and prevents the development of bacteria. The glycoproteins have anti-inflammatory activity, and the glycosides act spasmolytic or calm the cramps.
Yarrow is extremely rich in tannins, organic acids, vitamins K and C, resin, potassium and sodium minerals. Recent research has shown that a chlorophyll contained within, a constituent like vitamin A and C, which is why its consumption is recommended to strengthen the body and increase its resistance to various diseases.