Achillea millefolium, or yarrow, originates from Europe and has adapted to the regions of North America as well as other moderate regions. The word “Achillea” refers to Achilles, an ancient hero. He said that he used yarrow for himself and for his soldiers. “Millefolium” means “coming of a thousand leaves”. This refers to the very small, fine and feathery leaves of this plant.
We use yarrow in herbal medicine and supply it either externally or internally. You can use the entire plant both dried and fresh. Still it is best when you gather it while in flower.
Greeks were the first ones using this herb over 3,000 years ago for treating external wounds on the skin.
They ate the flowers and leaves of yarrow and also made into a tea-like drink.
The fresh leaves were used to stop bleeding wounds, treat gastrointestinal problems, fight fevers, lessen menstrual bleeding and better circulation. The fresh leaves were also chewed on to relieve tooth aches. Scientists have credited yarrow for its benefits relating to almost every organ in the body.
Yarrow tea is a powerful and wonderful anti-inflammatory for skin conditions. Calms and soothes skin irritation.
It makes an excellent face wash, its astringency making particularly beneficial to oily complexions.