Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), a perennial herb that grows mainly in meadows and forest edges of the forest zone, in the steppes, on mountain slopes, on roadsides, on the outskirts of fields and on the banks of water bodies.
Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, soldier grass, bloodsuck, cut grass, tenacious grass, description, use for the treatment of diseases.
Yarrow is very unpretentious, resistant to cold and heat, is not very demanding on soils. Widely distributed in Europe and Asia, as well as in many areas of Western and Eastern Siberia, the Far East, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Yarrow blooms from June to November.
It is harvested during the flowering period, cutting off the entire flowering plant under the root, and then dried in a shady, well-ventilated place, bundled and suspended. Store in a well-closed container, away from odorous substances. Shelf life up to 2 years. The leaves and flower baskets of yarrow contain a lot of essential oil, vitamin K, tannins, carotene, vitamin C, volatile bitterness, mineral salts.
hemostatic and anti-inflammatory properties, antispasmodic, analgesic, sedative, astringent, anti-allergic and choleretic action. It is used as a hemostatic agent for local bleeding (nose, tooth, from small wounds, abrasions, scratches), for pulmonary, uterine and hemorrhoidal bleeding, for diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, for inflammation of the urinary tract, as well as bitterness to improve appetite in in the form of infusion or decoction.
|Infusion||2 teaspoons (10 grams) of fresh or dry chopped herbs per 0.25 liters. water.||Pour boiling water, insist 1 hour, strain.||To drink during the day in several doses as a hemostatic for internal bleeding, for rinsing with inflammatory processes of the oral cavity, toothache, as well as for enemas for hemorrhoids.|
|Decoction||1 teaspoon (5 g) a spoon of fresh or dry shredded grass per 0.25 liters. water.||Pour boiling water, cook for 5 minutes over low heat, insist 20 minutes, strain.||Drink 0.5 cup 3 times a day for headaches, skin and colds, bronchial asthma, and stomach diseases. Outwardly lotions for pustular skin lesions, for the treatment of wounds, ulcers, scabies, scaly lichen, eczema.|
|Fresh leaves||Required amount.||Knead well.||Put on a fresh wound. It stops bleeding, has a healing effect, prevents blood poisoning.|
Nutritional use of yarrow.
Yarrow, its leaves and inflorescences without a stem, can be used as a seasoning in the preparation of vegetable and potato soups, fatty dishes, goulash, salads, dark sauces and bitter tinctures. It promotes digestion and smells good. However, using yarrow as a seasoning should be careful. In large quantities, it can cause poisoning, which manifests itself in dizziness and skin rash..
Contraindications for the use of yarrow decoctions and infusions.
Prolonged use of yarrow and its overdose can cause poisoning accompanied by dizziness and skin rash. It is also contraindicated in case of individual intolerance, increased blood coagulation, tendency to thrombosis, pregnant women and children under six years of age.