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Archive for December 14th, 2010

Yarrow

Posted by terrepruitt on December 14, 2010

I once mentioned to a friend that I had a cough or some congestion in my lungs/chest, she suggested I take yarrow.  She had said that it aides in lung health.  When I looked it up, I remember finding information supporting that, but that was some time ago.  I bought a bottle of capsules and took them on and off until they were gone.  When I tried to find it again I had a difficult time finding it.  It took me a long time to find another bottle.  I think this all happened over a period of two or three years.  So now here I am thinking I could post about it and the information I am finding on the internet is vast and interesting.

As with any supplement you are thinking about taking you should talk to your doctor so s/he can advise you of any adverse side effects that might occur when mixed with any medication you are currently taking.

As I look at the information out there today I cannot find but one thing that says it helps with “upper respiratory phlegm”, but not more about lung health.  There is a lot of information that says it helps with a lot of things that could be associated with lung health. It actually looks as if this herb does everything.  I see that it is used as an antiseptic and an astringent.

Information states that it aides in digestion and is used to treat inflammation.

It is used to treat colds, flu, and hay fever.  Since it is used as an anti-inflammatory then it makes sense that it would be a good thing to use if you have a cold, flu, or hay fever because inflammation is a symptom of those ailments.

Yarrow contains flavanoids which are linked to antioxidants.

It is used to help with muscle spasms, gas (both preventive and expulsion), and over production of sweat.

As with most herbs there are several ways to use or take Yarrow.  I myself have capsules and a liquid.  There are oils and teas and compounds that can be applied topically.

I think that some of the things that yarrow is stated to help might actually need medical attention so even though this herb sounds great be cautious and don’t necessarily substitute medical attention with an herb.  For me, even though herbs have side effects and we cannot always be certain of the purity of our herbs, I personally believe that herbs are a good thing to take as a supplement to a healthy diet.

What do you think about herbal supplements?

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