Yarrow Benefits ( Achillea millefolium )


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Classifications: Diaphoretic, astringent, tonic, stimulant, analgesic, mild aromatic, blood purifier, anesthetic, immune-stimulant.

        Yarrow is believed by herbalists to help boost the human immune system, treat wounds, and common illnesses. The herb has a long history of use among many cultures as a medicinally active plant. Native Americans believed in Yarrow's healing power and also used it is a recreational stimulant, a blood purifier, an acid balancer, and more. I personally use it when I'm sick. When spotted in nature, the flowers have a very alluring nature to them. I find myself naturally drawn to them. Come to find out, they grow wild where my genetics are most previlant.


Phytochemicals Constituents

        A French pharmacist known as Hendri Leroux, and Raffaele Piria, an Italian chemist first isolated the active phytochemicals and alkaloids of the Salicylic family in 1828. Yarrow contains the alkaloid Salicylic acid (also found in White Willow Bark) which is highly soluble in water. It's a white, crystalline, solid organic compound that exist naturally in multiple plants of many species in nature. It's also used in the production of synthetic over the counter pharmaceutical products like aspirin. Talk to your doctor, especially if you have ulcers.


A Greek physician known as Hippocrates discussed extracts from Willow Bark in the 4th century BC, extracts that contained the same family of alkaloids found in Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium). Hippocrates spoke of the power the extract had for easing aches, pains, and reducing fevers. What's truly incredible about these constituents is that they occur in many holistic plants within nature. This is an observation of mine from doing research over the years. Real quick, a couple of the other plant species that contain these alkaloids include: meadowsweet ( Filipendula ulmaria ), and Rosemary. Something else that I've noticed is certain species have specific chemicals which are directly named after their scientific name.


I think these holistic health pratices that make use of plants should be mainstream knowledge. So many people laugh at the idea of holistic medicine. They don't understand that there is phytochemical science behind it, as well as a successful history of use by herbalists everywhere. Phytochemist have been isolating and studying compounds from these plants for some time now. The big pharmaceutical companies also have a great interest in these natural wonders. Many modern pharmaceutical drugs are made thanks to plants, like opiates which come from the Opium Poppy. Nature is a pharmacy that has been in business way longer than these big companies have.


Yarrow Tea or Tincture


There are various ways to use Yarrow and other herbs. The more research you do, the more you'll notice that tea's are used for certain ailments, while tinctures are often suggested for others. My opinion is that it depends on the active phytochemicals needed for the desired treatment that decide which form of medicine is most beneficial. This is because certain natural pharmacological compounds are soluble in water, while others are only soluble in alcohol. It's very common for this plant to be made into a tea. I suggest buying bulk organic herbs and then you can make your own Yarrow tea using reuseable tea bags, or tea-balls. Some prefer Achillea millefolium tincture.


Herbalists recommend Yarrow tea for severe colds, being most beneficial for reducing fevers by inducing sweating. One ounce of dried herb is mixed with 1 pint of water. A low temperature and long duration of cooking is suggested. This is because heat sometimes kills the potency of pharmacological constituents. Time is also requried to thoroughly extract the essential oils and other natural chemicals. On the other hand, water can not always extract certain compounds. This is why some people prefer a tincture. You can also add your Yarrow tincture to the tea, or the oils! If you choose to make your own oils, spagyrics or whatever, it's best to use fresh plant material you harvested yourself from your very own live Yarrow plant.

How to Make Yarrow tincture


With this in mind, it becomes clear why there is a difference between tea's and tinctures. Tinctures also have a longer shelf life, due to the alcohol. They are made by soaking the desired plant material in high proof liquor such as everclear, for a minimum of one month. In one of the photos at the top of the page you can see this for yourself. This form of medicine ensures that as much of the compounds are extracted as possible. You can even evaporate some or most of the alcohol to concentrate it further.

Calcination

There is one further addition that can be made to the Yarrow exaction process. It's an ancient chemical extraction method known as calcination. This process includes taking the remaining plant matter, burning it to ashes, and then extracting crystaline plant salts from those ashes. It's a bit far out but I'm just letting people know it exist. Essentially, it involves turning ashes into dimond like beneficial compounds. It's a very fascinating process that not everyone choses to use to their advantage. It sounds like alchemy because it is, and that's not for everyone. I'm neither judging or endorsing it. I do think that is very fascinating though, and plant salts are very often over-looked!

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