Yarrow and what they knew about our ancestors

"Chiron, the wise centaur, taught Achilles on special powers yarrow, so you could do Achilles salve the wounds and the Trojan War" .. As the Greek saying that yarrow general gave its Latin name, Achillea millefolium ..

Yarrow is a perennial that is normally present in our meadows, hillsides, grassy and often at the edges of forests. It likes sun and drier soil. Picking him in the period from June to October, and it is best to reap nedřevnaté upper parts of the plant in full bloom. Yarrow flowers are white to light pink color and strongly spicy aroma.

For our ancestors yarrow especially popular cure for skin injuries, burns and various poorly healing skin ailments.
Yarrow is now unquestionably highly valued medicinal herb, not only for external use, but also for significant positive effects when used inside.

Internal use yarrow
Yarrow has astringent, mildly antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects and accelerates the clotting of blood. Promotes sweating and reduces fever, so it is suitable as an adjunct therapy cold. The scope of its effects is quite broad, let's look at another one of them in more detail ..

Yarrow and digestion
Yarrow has the ability to stimulate the activity of our digestive tract. It is often added to herbal teas to stimulate the production of gastric juices, improved digestion, for stomach cramps, loss of appetite and to treat ulcers of stomach and duodenum. In the treatment of ulcer disease or. risk of internal bleeding plays an important role in the above-mentioned acceleration of blood clotting.
Ingredients also stimulate the production of bile, used as the stomachic therefore, assist in the lack of activity gallbladder.

Ø ebříček and blood circulation
Active substances yarrow have the ability to expand blood vessels, strengthen and solidify venous wall. Herbal products for strengthening the vascular system and treat high blood pressure, therefore, often contain yarrow. This has positive as well as in the fight against the so-called "varicose veins" and hemorrhoids. The yarrow is said to purify the blood, is sometimes included cleaning and teas for detox treatments.

Yarrow and female problems
Women for many generations to appreciate the proven effects of yarrow to many unfortunate typically female trouble. Tea from yarrow helps women reduce pain and also relieve menstrual bleeding. It is also used to adjust the cycle in case of irregular periods and menopause relieves women from some unpleasant accompanying symptoms.
Supporters natural treatments also recommend it as part tea blends at l ECEN urinary tract inflammation, which affects women more often than men.

External use yarrow
As we mentioned above, for external purposes, yarrow is used primarily for its ability to accelerate clotting. For local application as used infusion or decoction of yarrow, fresh leaves, or squeezed juice from crushed leaves mixed with water, which is attached as a compress to the injured site. In low concentrations in aqueous solution are used for tiling, washing and irrigation. Anti-inflammatory effect of all designated uses of such is also used as a gargle for gingivitis applicable.
Ointments and creams with extracts of yarrow have a very beneficial effect in the treatment of skin disorders such as eczema, rashes, varicose veins, etc. Like plantain, yarrow leaf and we can serve as first aid for skin injury. The bruise, cut or wound surface attach wrinkled leaves and leave to work. Place so disinfect and stop the bleeding.

Possible side effects of yarrow
Yarrow is not suitable for intensive long-term periodic internal use, contains thujone, which would be used at high doses for long periods could lead to dizziness, headaches and other nervous disorders. Pregnant and nursing women should not take internally rather yarrow all. In some people, as well as St. John's wort may appear Hypersensitivity to light during long-term application. In short internal or external use, if necessary, but side effects are hardly safe.

Things on further application of yarrow
The yarrow is extracted natural dye that was previously widely used for coloring substances. It gives them a warm shades from yellow through orange to brown.
Due to the relatively high content of bitterness yarrow is sometimes used as a substitute for hops for beer production.

Recipe for Tea / infusion: 2 teaspoons dried drugs pour 0.25 liters of boiling water, let stand for about 10 minutes and strain.

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the sources: the book Magical plants

[2007-02-21]
The author Yarrow and what they knew about our ancestors: Michaela Vorlová