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Yarrow essential oil information

Yarrow oil is extracted from Achillea millefolium of the Compositea family and is also known as milfoil, nosebleed, common yarrow and thousand leaf.

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Oil properties

Yarrow oil has a sweet, spicy smell and the viscosity is watery.

Origin of yarrow oil

It is a perennial herb that grows up to 1 meter (3 feet) high and has fern-like feathery leaves and bears numerous pink-white, dense flower heads.

It is also known as milfoil, referring to its feathery appearance and was used as a charm in Scotland and was credited with having powers to ward off evil.

It has a reputation of having an all-healing action and has been used for a variety of ailments throughout the ages and is even added to some Swedish beers.

Extraction

Yarrow oil is extracted from the dried herb by steam distillation.

Chemical composition

The main chemical components of yarrow oil are tricyclene, a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, borneol acetate, 1,8-cineole, y-terpinene, limonene, isoartemisia ketone, borneol, camphor as well as traces of chamazulene - giving the blue color.

Precautions

Do not use yarrow oil during pregnancy. Prolonged use may cause headaches and may irritate sensitive skin.

Therapeutic properties

The therapeutic properties of yarrow oil are anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, diaphoretic, digestive, expectorant, haemostatic, hypotensive, stomachic and tonic.

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Uses

Yarrow oil can improve circulatory disorders such as varicose veins and hemorrhoids. It helps with irregular menstruation, menopausal problems, cystitis and infection.

Yarrow oil can help with digestive problems such as flatulence, colic, cramp, indigestion and constipation. In the nervous system, it can be used to counter stress-related problems, hypertension and insomnia.

The skin can also benefit from yarrow oil as it helps to heal inflamed wounds, rashes, cuts, eczema, scars, and burns and can promote hair growth.

Summary

Yarrow oil can be beneficial to the nervous, genito-urinary and digestive systems, and can assist with skin care.

  • Burners and vaporizers
    • In vapor therapy, yarrow oil can help with stress, insomnia and digestive problems.
  • Blended oil or in the bath
    • As a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, yarrow oil can help with varicose veins, hemorrhoids, menstruation problems, digestive disorders, hypertension, stress and skin conditions.

Yarrow oil blends well with

Although most essential oils blend well together, yarrow oil blends particularly well with angelica, cedarwood, oak moss and verbena.

 

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