Yarrow Tea

Yarrow tea with its slight bitter taste is a nutritious herbal beverage prepared from the fresh or dried leaves of Achillea millefolium (also called common yarrow or simply yarrow), a flowering plant found in North America, Europe, and Asia. The presence of flavonoids, antioxidants, sterols, asparagine, and isovaleric acid makes it a potent natural remedy for a number of ailments.

Yarrow Tea

Yarrow Tea

Yarrow Tea

History and origin

In Greece, it is believed that the ancient mythical character Achilles used the herb for the treatment of battle wounds suffered during the Trojan War. In the Medieval Period, yarrow was commonly utilized as a flavoring agent in the production of beer. In Native American medicine, different varieties of yarrow were used as a pain reliever, by the locals from the Navajo, Miwok, Pawnee, and Chippewa tribes. The Cherokees consumed it to promote sleep as well as to reduce fever.

Yarrow tea benefits

Good for uterine fibroids

Its consumption assists in restraining elevated levels of estrogen, slowing down the growth of uterine fibroids in women. It also improves circulation of blood to the pelvis, and its anti-inflammatory properties help in reducing cramps, abdominal pain, and swelling during menstruation. Having a blend of yarrow, cinnamon, and nettles tea before menstrual periods reduces excessive bleeding, associated with fibroids.

Since it stimulates the circulatory system and has anti-inflammatory effects, its daily intake aids in healing thrombosis, phlebitis, hemorrhoids, and varicose veins.

For high blood pressure

As shown in scientific studies, high blood pressure might result in heart disorders with symptoms like dizziness, fatigue, irregular heartbeats, and tightness in the chest. Regularly drinking a cup of yarrow tea helps to increase blood flow and control high blood pressure, thus improving the cardiovascular health.

Promotes urination

Apart from its astringent effects, it can induce sweating and promote urination, which makes it effective in removing the toxins from the body. As a detoxifying remedy with powerful antibacterial properties, it helps to resolve the problems of urinary tract infections and interstitial cystitis.

As it assists in increasing production of urine, its consumption prevents water retention and thus aids weight loss.

Yarrow Tea Images

Yarrow Tea Images

Yarrow Plant

Yarrow Plant

Anti-cancer properties

Its cancer preventive properties, due to the presence of biologically active compounds including flavonoids, inuline, and tannins, help in reducing the damage to the cells caused by free radicals. It also facilitates in enhancing absorption of vitamin C, which slows down the growth of colon, liver, pancreatic, and prostate cancer cells.

Resolves gastrointestinal problems

The infusion is useful for lessening the symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders like constipation, bloating, indigestion, and heartburn. According to scientific studies, yarrow has appetite-improving properties because it aids in enhancing digestion and absorbing nutrients from food. Those prone to diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome will also find it beneficial.

Other uses

  • Cold yarrow tea, used as a hair rinse, helps to strengthen hair follicles, prevents hair loss, and preserves the natural color of your hair.
  • Its topical application like a wash or a warm compress is good for oily skin and can aid in reducing acne and blackheads.
Yarrow Tea Pictures

Yarrow Tea Pictures

Yarrow Flowers

Yarrow Flowers

How to make yarrow tea

  • Add either 1 teaspoon of dried or 2-3 fresh yarrow leaves into a teapot with a cup of boiling water
  • Steep for 10 minutes
  • Strain it
  • Sweeten the mixture by adding some sugar or honey
  • You may add some lemon juice to enhance the taste

Safety and precautions

Side effects

Intake of yarrow tea is considered safe, in some cases though overconsumption has caused drowsiness and skin irritations. Those having allergies or prone to allergic reactions should consult their doctor prior to taking yarrow.

During pregnancy

Women while pregnant should refrain from its use since it might result in miscarriage. Its intake is also not recommended for breastfeeding mothers because of insufficient information about its safety.

Yarrow Leaves

Yarrow Leaves

Where to buy

Organic yarrow leaves packed in tea bags can be purchased from the local herbal tea stores. You may also order a blend of yarrow flowers and leaves online.

Article was last reviewed on 3rd November 2017

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  1. Dorothy reade says:

    Bought mine at a Russian market. They said it would help my husband who has been hospitalised with cdiff(diarrhea) so I prepare apot daily & bring to him along with Kefir probiotic yogurt, which they also recommended. Now we are hoping for good results.

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