Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium) can be used to treat indigestion, heartburn, inflammation, anxiety, insomnia (sleep disorders).
Yarrow is an appetite stimulant and can treat anorexia. It has digestive properties that can be used to relieve the symptoms and discomfort of gastrointestinal complaints. Yarrow is an aromatic herb. Drinking yarrow tea can relieve indigestion and gas. The herb is effective in enhancing digestion and easing tension in the gut. It helps in gastritis and enteritis, removes the bloated feeling and reduces colic.
As a bile stimulant, yarrow is used to treat gastrointestinal complaints such as cramps, diarrhea, flatulence, and inflammation. It increases the flow of gastric juices, relieves dyspepsia, indigestion, heartburn, and other gastrointestinal disorders such as gastritis, enteritis, colitis, and abdominal cramps.
Yarrow contains flavonoids that increase saliva and stomach acid, helping to improve digestion and relieve stomach. Yarrow may also have effects to relax smooth muscle in the intestine.
Yarrow contains a volatile oil with anti-inflammatory properties. It is traditionally used for fighting both external and internal infections. Yarrow can be used as a tea made from leaves and flowers to reduce inflammation.
Yarrow is a mild sedative, it has the effects to calm anxiety and relieve insomnia (sleep problems).
From the point view of traditional medicine, yarrow has cooling, drying and astringent properties. That is why yarrow has many effects:
The herb has cooling properties, so it can cool down the internal and external fire (inflammation, infection), calm anxiety, and relieve insomnia;
It has drying effect, therefore can be used to dry up ulcers;
And it is also an astringent, which means it can be used to treat bleedings.
How to use yarrow? You can find yarrow supplements in a local health supplement store. Just follow the instruction of the products. To treat indigestion, heartburn, anxiety and insomnia, you can use the herb to make a tea.
Here is a recipe of yarrow tea:
– Dried yarrow herb 1 teaspoon
– Boiling water 1 cup
– Put the herb in a cup
– Pour the boiling water into the cup
– Let it steep for 10 minutes
– Sweeten to taste
– Drink it twice a day