Learning about the magical benefits of herbal medicine is something we enjoy immensely here at Our Botanicals. As we introduce another new powerful herb to our shop, we would like to focus our attention on Moonshine Yarrow and share all the reasons why it was next in line to be added to our repertoire.
What Is Moonshine Yarrow?
Moonshine Yarrow, or Achillea Taygetea, is the lemon yellow variety of the yarrow plant. It’s an herbaceous perennial belonging to the Aster family, and well known for its medicinal properties. These properties include being antiseptic, astringent, diaphoretic, a stimulant and mildly aromatic.
Yarrow is enriched with active compounds such as asparagine, coumarins, volatile oils, sterols, lactones, salicylic acid, isovaleric acid, sesquiterpene, flavonoids, tannins, and alkamides. I know those words may sound a little foreign – but in essence these amazing compounds in the yarrow plant creates a variety of medicinal benefits. Let’s breakdown some of the well-known healing uses of Yarrow.
What Are Its Benefits?
A classic “first-aid” herbal medicine, Yarrow is well known and historically used as a wound healer. It staunches bleeding and is antimicrobial and pain relieving. It also has powerful uses as a circulatory system remedy that moves stagnant blood, preventing and clearing blood clots. Yarrow tones the blood vessels and lowers high blood pressure. A yarrow concoction can be given to weak patients to bring back vitality and immunity to the body. It is well known for inducing sweat and assisting the body in breaking a fever. Besides enhancing the immune system it also purifies the blood and strengthens and tones excretory, urinary, digestive and circulatory systems. Some less commonly known uses include inducing menstruation, treating dysentery, diarrhea, increasing appetite, and relieving gastrointestinal tract discomfort. Some people chew the fresh leaves to relieve a toothache. Yarrow can also be applied to the skin to stop bleeding from hemorrhoids or wounds and can also be used as a sitz bath for abdominal and menstrual cramping in women.
There is also historical reference to emotional and energetic healing that takes place when using specific herbs or plant flower essences. Moonshine Yarrow is an herb that is noted to be very soothing to the nervous system and helpful for those who experience acute stress or even have PTSD. Yarrow tinctures are often recommended for those who suffer form anxiety, tension or trauma. It is also said to help lift people out of depression.
Where Can I Find It?
With all the busyness of our modern society, most of us won’t always have the time to go out foraging for Yarrow to create our own tinctures and salves. Luckily there are amazing herbal formulators who put all their love and passion into doing that for us. If you have been wanting to turn more towards herbal medicine when it comes to treating yourself and the people you love, we highly recommend having Moonshine Yarrow as a first aid treatment in your medicine cabinet. Try it out today and let us know what you think!