Perhaps most famously, yarrow is prized for its potential benefits to wounds or minor bleeding. Its mild antiseptic and anodyne properties coupled with its ability to potentially coagulate blood and may stop bleeding make it the perfect ally in this case. These properties can make it useful in cases of hemorrhoids, post-partum care, bruises, and mouth sores, as well as internal bleeding.
Yarrow beautifully harmonizes blood circulation and can be beneficial in cases of stagnation such as vericose veins or fibroids, as well as cases of overstimulated blood flow, such as hypertension. It is sometimes considered a skin tonic and can be used in a very effective facial steam to improve complexion through circulation and cooling inflamed tissue. Yarrow can also be protective against topical sun and wind damage.
Yarrow prepared as tea is a wonderful ally in the face of tough colds. Its diaphoretic action makes it potentially useful at the onset of fever or in cases of obstructed perspiration. In TCM, yarrow’s benefits here would be described as tonifying Qi or releasing to the exterior. No doubt related to these indications, yarrow also has a reputation for being generally beneficial to kidney disorders.
Yarrow has an additional affinity for the pancreas and the lungs. It can benefit “thick blood,” which occurs when liver or pancreatic function is compromised due to high insulin levels or low digestive enzymes. Yarrow can stimulate pancreatic function and boosts blood flow to help avoid these instances.
Yarrow contains flavonoids and bitter, aromatic compounds that can increase saliva and stomach acid production, aiding digestion. Yarrow may benefit general inflammation, especially in the digestive tract, and has been known to act on heartburn. It also may act as a muscle relaxant on both the uterus and intestine, soothing menstrual and stomach cramps.
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