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Nature's Temple / Yarrow

Yarrow

(Achillea millefolium)

Parts Used:  Aerial parts

Active Constituents:

Volatile Oils composed of azulene, borneol, terpineol, camphor, cineole, isoartemesia ketone and a trace of thujone.  Also contains lactones, flavonoids, tannins, coumarins, saponins, sterols, a bitter glyco-alkaloid (achilleine), cyanidin, amino acids, acids including salicylic acid, sugars including glucose, sucrose and mannitol.

Main Actions:

  • Diaphoretic (promotes sweating to reduce fever)
  • Hypotensive (low blood pressure)
  • Astringent
  • Diuretic (promotes the flow of urine)
  • Antiseptic

Major Safety Issues:

  • Yarrow Oil should not be used during pregnancy.
  • Should not be used by people taking anti-coagulant drugs.
  • Large doses can cause overdose and symptoms include headache, vertigo and dizziness.
  • Yarrow may cause anaphylatic shock in people who are hypersensitive to ragweeds.