A common meadow herb, with the country name 'nosebleed', yarrow is used in remedies or colds, hay fever and catarrh. As a diuretic, it can also be used for urinary problems and to counter fluid retention or to reduce blood pressure.
Parts used: Leaves, flowers, essential oil
Actions: Aerial parts/flowers: Astringent, diaphoretic, peripheral vasodilator, digestive stimulant, restorative for menstrual system, febrifuge. Essential oil: Anti-inflammatory, antiallergenic, antispasmodic
Used in: Infusions, tinctures, massage rubs
Cautions: A uterine stimulant, so avoid in pregnancy. The fresh plant can sometimes cause contact dermatitis and, rarely, may increase the skin's photosensitivity