Tincture of yarrow in the bottle close-up on a background of flowers on the table. horizontal.

Yarrow is a popular classic medicinal plant that can be used for the digestive organs and gynaecological problems. It grows in meadows and along roadsides. Externally, it can be used similarly to chamomile.

Yarrow is native to the whole Europe, up to the Arctic Circle. It prefers sunny, dry locations on meadows, pastures and roadsides. Yarrow is a perennial, perennial plant, i.e. some of its leaves remain above the earth’s surface even in winter.

In spring, the rhizome sprouts a rosette of pinnate leaves. Later a stem grows on which the flowers are formed. The stem is tough and pithily on the inside. The flowers form a false umbel. They are small, white and sometimes even slightly pink.


Nom scientifique
Achillea millefolium.

Famille de plantes

Autres noms
Eyebrow of Venus, Stomachwort, Bloodwort, Blood-soaked cabbage, Female cabbage, Female thanksgiving, God’s hand, Cricket grass, Cat’s wort, Margaret’s wort, Cat’s tail, Lamb’s tongue, Lamb’s ribs, Sheep’s tongue, Milfoil, Tea herb.

Pièces végétales usagées
Herbe à fleurs.

Essential oil, azulene, eucalyptol, tannins, flavones, bitter substances, antibiotic substances.

Période de récolte

Propriétés médicinales

Utilisation principale : Maladies des femmes.

Effets curatifs

        • Antibactérien
        • Antibiotique
        • Appétissant
        • Purification du sang
        • Hémostatique
        • Disinfecting
        • Anti-inflammatoire
        • Vasoconstrictive
        • Antispasmodique
        • Wound-healing

Domaines d'application

        • Démangeaisons
        • Acne
        • Angine de poitrine
        • Perte d'appétit
        • Des cercles sous les yeux
        • Flatulence
        • L'hypertension artérielle
        • Bleeding
        • Diabète
        • Problèmes de circulation
        • Diarrhée
        • Eczéma
        • Froid
        • Erysipelas
        • Gout
        • Bardeaux
        • Biliary colic
        • Gastrite
        • Ulcères
        • Hémorroïdes
        • Insuffisance cardiaque
        • Maux de tête
        • Les varices
        • Problèmes de circulation
        • Crampes menstruelles
        • Neuralgia
        • Insuffisance rénale
        • La domination des œstrogènes
        • Gate vein occlusion
        • Rhumatismes
        • Renifle
        • Psoriasis
        • Coups de soleil
        • Indigestion
        • Constipation
        • Les symptômes de la ménopause
        • Sore nipples when nursing
        • Blessures

Formes de préparation

Yarrow can be used in diferent ways.


Externally, yarrow can be used in baths, for washing or compresses. In full baths, yarrow tea is suitable, for example, against neuralgia. External use is also suitable against ulcers, poorly healing wounds and psoriasis. Yarrow can also be found in many mixed teas, especially in women’s teas.

The ability of the Yarrow to promote the reflux of blood to the heart in the veins should also be emphasized. This improves the circulation and has a positive effect on venous complaints such as varicose veins, thick swollen feet, circulatory disorders of the heart and shop window disease.


The freshly pressed yarrow juice is particularly valuable. However, it must be very fresh and under no circumstances should it already be fermented. You can take this juice; 3 times a day a teaspoon diluted in a glass of water. Traditionally, yarrow has been used to treat injuries caused by iron, for example cuts from knives.

Huile essentielle

The essential oil of yarrow is very expensive, but a precious rarity. Diluted it can be used for massages, compresses, sitz baths, foot baths and in the fragrance lamp. Diluted and rubbed on forehead and neck, it helps against headaches, for example, but also against many other uses listed above.


Due to its skin-healing effect, yarrow is also very suitable for creams and ointments. People with sensitive skin or allergic tendencies can get meadow dermatitis from yarrow. In this case one should avoid skin contact with the yarrow.

Conseils de culture

The gardening of the yarrow, which is so often found in the wild, is more difficult than one might think. The yarrow likes sunny locations. The soil can be sandy or loamy.

If yarrow seeds are obtained, they can also be sown in spring, preferably in small pots. The seeds can only germinate for one year, so you should use them quickly. As soon as the young plants have grown a little, they can be put outdoors. If it feels comfortable in one location, it will come back in the next few years. However, as it sprouts relatively late, it is sometimes overgrown by weeds before then. Fully grown plants can also be propagated by dividing the rootstocks.

Conseils pour la collecte

In the flowering period, cut off the whole flowering herb about a hand’s breadth above the ground. Then tie small bundles of the plants and hang them in a dry, shady place with the flowers facing down. When the plants are dry, hang them up, cut them up (preferably with scissors) and store them in a cool, dry place away from light.


Yarrow (Wikipedia)

Achillea millefolium
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium).jpg
Scientific classification edit
A. millefolium
Binomial name
Achillea millefolium
  • Achillea albida Willd.
  • Achillea alpicola (Rydb.) Rydb.
  • Achillea ambigua Boiss.
  • Achillea ambigua Pollini
  • Achillea anethifolia Fisch. ex Herder
  • Achillea angustissima Rydb.
  • Achillea arenicola A.Heller
  • Achillea bicolor Wender.
  • Achillea borealis Bong.
  • Achillea californica Pollard
  • Achillea ceretanica Sennen
  • Achillea compacta Lam.
  • Achillea coronopifolia Willd.
  • Achillea crassifolia Colla
  • Achillea cristata Hort. ex DC.
  • Achillea dentifera Rchb.
  • Achillea eradiata Piper
  • Achillea fusca Rydb.
  • Achillea gigantea Pollard
  • Achillea gracilis Raf.
  • Achillea haenkeana Tausch
  • Achillea intermedia Schleich.
  • Achillea lanata Lam.
  • Achillea lanulosa Nutt.
  • Achillea laxiflora A.Nelson
  • Achillea laxiflora Pollard & Cockerell
  • Achillea magna All.
  • Achillea magna L.
  • Achillea magna Haenke
  • Achillea marginata Turcz. ex Ledeb.
  • Achillea nabelekii Heimerl
  • Achillea occidentalis (DC.) Raf. ex Rydb.
  • Achillea ochroleuca Eichw.
  • Achillea ossica K.Koch
  • Achillea pacifica Rydb.
  • Achillea palmeri Rydb.
  • Achillea pecten-veneris Pollard
  • Achillea pratensis Saukel & R.Länger
  • Achillea pseudo-tanacetifolia Wierzb. ex Rchb.
  • Achillea puberula Rydb.
  • Achillea pumila Schur
  • Achillea rosea Desf.
  • Achillea setacea Schwein.
  • Achillea sordida (W.D.J.Koch) Dalla Torre & Sarnth.
  • Achillea subalpina Greene
  • Achillea submillefolium Klokov & Krytzka
  • Achillea sylvatica Becker
  • Achillea tanacetifolia Mill.
  • Achillea tenuifolia Salisb.
  • Achillea tenuis Schur
  • Achillea tomentosa Pursh 1813 not L. 1753
  • Achillea virgata Hort. ex DC.
  • Achillios millefoliatus St.-Lag.
  • Alitubus millefolium (L.) Dulac
  • Alitubus tomentosus Dulac
  • Chamaemelum millefolium (L.) E.H.L.Krause
  • Chamaemelum tanacetifolium (All.) E.H.L.Krause
  • Chamaemelum tomentosum (L.) E.H.L.Krause
  • plus many more names for subspecies, forms, and varieties
White flower with green leaves on a dark background.
Yarrow flower by a pond, UK.

Achillea millefolium, commonly known as yarrow (/ˈjær/) or common yarrow, is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Asia and Europe and North America. It has been introduced as a feed for livestock in New Zealand and Australia, where it is a common weed of both wet and dry areas, such as roadsides, meadows, fields and coastal places.

In New Mexico and southern Colorado, it is called plumajillo (Spanish for 'little feather') from its leaf shape and texture. In antiquity, yarrow was known as herba militaris, for its use in stanching the flow of blood from wounds. Other common names for this species include gordaldo, nosebleed plant, old man's pepper, devil's nettle, sanguinary, milfoil, soldier's woundwort, thousand-leaf, and thousand-seal.

Yarrow (Wiktionary)



  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈjæɹəʊ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈjæɹoʊ/
  • Rhymes: -ærəʊ

Etymology 1

From Middle English ȝarowe, yarowe, yarwe, from Old English ġearwe, from Proto-Germanic *garwō (yarrow, yarrow-like herbs), perhaps ultimately cognate to Proto-Germanic *gelwaz (yellow). Cognate with Dutch gerw (yarrow) and German

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