Yarrow is a perennial herb that grows in pastures, meadows, ditches, and more.1 In fact, it grows so commonly that it’s often considered a weed.2 You’ll find yarrow in areas of North America, Europe, and Asia.3 The flowers look a lot like lace, and the plant flowers from June to September.1,2 the aerial parts of the plant can be used for medicinal purposes.1 Yarrow uses include for both internal and external medicinal purposes.
Yarrow is considered to be an tonic, diaphoretic, and stimulant.2 It’s also an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.1 As an anti-inflammatory, it can be used both on the skin to reduce swelling and taken orally to reduce inflammation in the digestive tract.4 That makes it an effective treatment for digestive problems like Crohn’s disease.3 It also helps indigestion, diarrhea, and ulcerative colitis.2,3 Other yarrow uses and benefits include for:
Like any herb, it’s best to use yarrow under the supervision of a health care provider. Be cautious if you are using other herbs, medications, or supplements as some may interact with yarrow. Possible interactions include with medications for high blood pressure, blood-thinning medications, and medications that reduce stomach acid.4 Avoid using yarrow if you are allergic or sensitive to plants like ragweed, chrysanthemums, or daisies.4 Do not take yarrow if you are pregnant; since it acts as a smooth muscle relaxant, it may affect the uterus and result in miscarriage.4 Talk to your healthcare provider about taking yarrow if you are breastfeeding.