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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?

6 Responses to “Yarrow”

  1. niachick said

    I studied to be an herbalist; I grow my own herbs and although I’m not as diligent about making my own tinctures (it’s just easier to purchase them from a valued source) and balms, it is fabulous having all of these aromatic and medicinal herbs around. I also use essential oils (Young Living) made from herbs.

    One does need to use caution, as with any medication. I would seek out the advice of a naturopath or trained certified herbalist (I am not fully certified/trained).

    I love the variety of your blogs, Terre.



    • Interesting. I didn’t know that you studied to be an herbalist. That is good to know.

      Great advice: seek out the advice of a naturopath or trained certified herbalist. Thank you.

      Variety is the spice of life, so they say. I just write about what I am thinking about/doing/learning. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.


  2. suzicate said

    And to think I grow yarrow in my garden! There are so many herbal uses. I still swear by colloidal silver, and still generate my own…


  3. suzicate said

    I don’t harvest it for use because I didn’t know of the benefits. I just bought it (for decorative purposes) and threw it in the garden…it thrives on its own.


    • 🙂

      You had said you generate your own. I thought you were talking about colloidal silver, and I had asked how to you generate your own? I don’t even know what it is exactly so I was wondering how you made it yourself.

      I would imagine you COULD harvest and use your yarrow though, right?


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