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Yarrow Has Antiseptic and Anti-Inflammatory Properties

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

Yarrow was thought to have wound healing properties and was used to treat ancient Greek soldiers on battlefields.

Since ancient times, yarrow has been used in Chinese divination rituals to alter dreams, find love, and in waking rituals. This herb was used in the I Ching, or Yi Jing ritual, which included 64 long and straight yarrow sticks used in divination by reciting the hexagrams.

Healers in Western Europe were familiar with yarrow's medicinal properties and used in therapeutic methods for centuries, believing that it aids healing by limiting blood circulation to the wound.

Antiseptic

The yarrow plant and its essential oils are effective antiseptics for healing wounds. Yarrow is a natural disinfectant and has medical capabilities for combating infections that are highly valued compared to other conventional medicines. It not only heals exterior wounds but also protects against inside infections due to its antibacterial characteristics. Yarrow stimulates blood platelets in the afflicted region, which create a protective coating to keep the body safe from microorganisms that cause illness. When administered to a wound, yarrow its essential oil's strong antibacterial properties may completely destroy the germs.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Yarrow's extracts include sesquiterpene lactones and flavonoids, which help to reduce inflammation that may cause a variety of ailments such as arthritis, sore throat, respiratory problems, and stomach problems. Inflammation may develop in any organ. Adding yarrow to your regular diet may help avoid inflammation. Various venom antidotes and medications include yarrow as a component.

Has Wound Healing Properties

Yarrow has long been connected with wound healing. Yarrow's scientific name is Achillea millefolium and is taken from the famous Greek military hero Achilles. Achilles and his warriors were said to have used this herb to cure wounds and control blood loss. The chemical molecule achilliene, which is present in yarrow plant, is what gives it its therapeutic properties. This helps in the coagulation of blood, and the wound closes quickly. It also numbs the pain and protects the area from infection. It was also used to treat burn wounds caused due to napalm during wartime.

Manages Blood Pressure

It possesses anti-inflammatory and vasodilatory properties, allowing blood to circulate freely all through the body. Yarrow also relaxes and soothes the nerves, lowering blood pressure. According to research, yarrow aids in the reduction of blood pressure in people with hypertension. Animal studies have shown that using its extract to treat hyperactive cardiovascular problems may be quite effective.

Reduces Scarring

Yarrow is a highly valued ingredient in the cosmetic industry due to its exceptional scar reduction qualities. It hastens the recovery process and lowers the visibility of scars. There are several methods to use yarrow to repair scars, including taking it orally or including it into your skincare regimen. Yarrow's anti-inflammatory properties may help relieve the inflammation and redness that surrounds the wounds.

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