Yarrow: Nature's Band-aid


* I am not a doctor or natruopath. Do not consume anything without speaking to your health care provider

Yarrow is a plant that is native to Europe, Asia, and North America. It can get up to three feet and has clusters of white flowers on top. The flowers are in bloom from April to October. Yarrow is historically known as an herb that is chewed up into a paste and put over a wound to stop bleeding. It has now been studied in various tests to help with intestinal problems like IBS and brain function. Yarrow is a wonderful herb and seems to have amazing benefits for both inside and outside of your body.


Wound care

Historically yarrow is used for wound care. A small study of 104 women may back up this claim. The women were split up into four separate groups. 2 control groups. 1 with no treatment, and 1 with a placebo cream. 1 group with an ointment made of yarrow and 1 group made with an ointment made of St. Johns wart (I do need to add that St. Johns Wart does interact with birth control.) These creams were tested on postpartum women for their episiotomy incision. This is a cut made in the perineum to assist in childbirth to avoid tearing. The study cites that the pain level, redness, edema (swelling), and ecchymosis (discoloration or bruising) were less than those in the control group on days 7,10, and 14. (1)


Intestinal distress

Consuming Yarrow also may have benefits for your intestinal health. A small study done on 84 rats may back up this claim. The study claims that yarrow may eliminate intestinal spasms. (2) Another study was done on a terminal guinea pig that showed that tea made from commercial yarrow had a high enough concentration of flavanoids that cause a spasmolytic (relieves muscle spasms) effect in the gut. (3)


Brain function

Yarrow also has promising research in the aid of brain health. A small study done on 63 rats induced with encephalomyelitis (brain and spinal cord inflammation) shoes that treatment with yarrow extract decreased the severity, inflamation, and leasions in the spinal chord and brains of the mice opposed to the untreated group. (4)


Things to keep in mind:

Pregnant women should avoid yarrow as it can cause miscarrage

People with blood thinners or bleeding disorders should avoid it as it can cause bleeding

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