Yarrow( other names - white-head, white kashka, tenacious grass, cutter) - a perennial plant with small white flowers and a peculiar smell. His name was given for the presence on the stem of a lot of small fluffy leaves of pale green color. Yarrow is a part of many officially recognized medications, and is also widely used in folk medicine. Like any medicinal plant, it has a number of contraindications to use, so use it with caution.
- Therapeutic properties
- Side effects
- In cosmetology
- In pregnancy and lactation
- For children
The plant has the following effects on the human body:
- Increases blood clotting, stopping bleeding without the formation of blood clots.
- Accelerates wound healing and burns.
- Is an antihypertensive agent, reducing the heart rate.
- Calms the nervous system.
- Improves appetite, and also stimulates the secretion of gastric juice.
- Has an antispasmodic effect on the smooth muscles of the intestines, urinary and biliary tracts, dilates the bile ducts and increases bile secretion in the duodenum, and also increases diuresis and can stop pain caused by spasms in the intestines, reduces flatulence.
Thanks to the presence in the plant of a large number of essential oils, phytoncides, flavonoids, tannins, as well as carotene and vitamins K and C, it has a beneficial effect on the general condition of the body.to the table of contents ^
There are more than 100 varieties of yarrow in the world, the most popular varieties are:
- of Biberstein.
- Keller( or silver).
- Spaced apart.
You can use the plant in different forms:
- Grass .The dried leaves are covered with boiling water, wrapped in gauze and used as appliqués, applying to the diseased parts of the body. Also, fresh leaves can be added to salads, soups, meat dishes.
- Powder .It is a finely divided dry raw material - grass and plant flowers.
- Juice .Fresh leaves of the plant are crushed and squeezed. The resulting juice can be used for both internal and external use as an independent agent or component of a more complex drug.
- Broth : 1 tablespoon leaves and flowers, pour 1 glass of water and boil in a water bath for 10-12 minutes. Ready to boil the decoction, and the raw material is squeezed. The drug is taken orally, added to the bath, rubbed into the hair.
- Tincture of .To prepare an alcohol tincture at home, 20 grams of dry herbs are poured into 100 milliliters of 70% alcohol or vodka and insisted for 7 days.
- Extract .In the pharmacy you can buy a liquid extract of yarrow, made with 40% ethyl alcohol.
- Oil .You can buy the ready-made essential oil of yarrow or prepare the enriched butter on the basis of the plant itself. For this it is necessary: mix 100 grams of dry grass with 300 milliliters of olive oil, heat on a water bath for 1 hour, leave the mixture in a sunny place for 2 weeks, stir occasionally, strain and pour into a dry glass container.
- Ointment .There are several recipes for the preparation of medicinal ointment: add 1 part of yarrow broth to 4 parts of petroleum jelly, or chop the fresh leaves and flowers of the plant mixed with pork smalt( melted fat) in equal amounts.
Also yarrow is a part of various drug stores and teas - appetizing, gastric, choleretic, laxative.to table of contents ^
Yarrow is an effective remedy for diseases:
- Bleeding of any nature, including nasal, gingival, internal organs.
- Diseases of the respiratory tract - laryngitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, pulmonary tuberculosis.
- Allergy - eliminates symptoms such as nasal congestion, eye tearing, irritation and skin itching.
- Skin lesions - acne, dermatosis, eczema, burns.
- Diseases of joints and bones - osteochondrosis, arthritis.
- Diseases of the vascular system, including varicose veins, hemorrhoids.
- Infections of the oral cavity - stomatitis, gingivitis.
- Disorders of the digestive system - gastritis, ulcer, flatulence, constipation, diarrhea, colitis, enterocolitis, intestinal infections, pancreatitis.
- Helminthiasis( worms).
- Enuresis( bedwetting).
- In gynecology - painful profuse period, cystitis, inflammation of the appendages, endometriosis, uterine bleeding.
- Anemia( anemia).
- Hypertension( high blood pressure).
- Mental disorders - hysteria, hypochondria.
- Loss of appetite.
- Metabolic disorders.
Taking the drug is not recommended:
- During pregnancy.
- With increased blood clotting, a tendency to form blood clots.
- With hypotension( underpressure).
- With individual intolerance.
Yarrow distorts the blood test, so the drug should be discontinued a few days before the biomaterial is taken.
The yarrow contains a large number of bioactive substances, including poisons, which gradually accumulate in the body. Excess of recommended doses, as well as long-term use of the drug may cause:
- Allergic reactions - rashes on the skin, shortness of breath.
- Heartburn - especially with increased acidity of the stomach.
Yarrow is an excellent cosmetic remedy:
- The mask of fresh leaves with honey smoothes mimic wrinkles, eliminates skin peeling, gives it dullness, improves complexion.
- A mixture of plant powder with sour cream narrows the pores, helps to get rid of acne, eliminates inflammation.
- Hydrolat( flower water) based on yarrow soothes the skin, makes it smooth and supple, refreshing and toning.
- For the hair use a decoction, rubbing it into the roots, and also using as a conditioner - it eliminates the itching of the scalp, strengthens the hair, giving them shine.
In pregnancy and lactation
Yarrow contributes to an increase in the level of the estrogen hormone, which can provoke uterine contractions and lead to miscarriage or premature birth, so its use at any time of pregnancy is prohibited.
Yarrow is often used as a remedy for diarrhea in children. However, at the age of up to 6 years, the reception of the plant is contraindicated, in other cases it is necessary to consult a doctor to determine the required dosage.