Yarrow | Achillea millefolium
Yarrow, nicknamed “Soldier’s Woundwort,” has been commonly used to slow bleeding and reduce pain. Yarrow has been used throughout the ages by warriors who wished to soothe the wounds they received in battle. Historical accounts date the use of yarrow as far back as the Trojan War! Greek legend says that Achilles used yarrow for his wounds, hence why the plant is called ‘Achillea.’
Why You Might Find it Helpful: Yarrow has been used to help bleeding wounds and inflammation, though there are very few studies confirming yarrow as an injury treatment. In 2018, the Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine found that there was a positive effect in using yarrow on episiotomy incisions.
Motherlove specifically uses yarrow in our topical products, Rhoid Balm, Diaper Balm, and Sitz Bath Spray, because the herb offers anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits.
What It Looks Like: Yarrow is an aromatic herb that grows in meadows and is often planted in garden landscapes. The plant has alternate, fern-like leaves that appear a gray/green shade. Yarrow blooms with white or yellow flowers that grow approximately 4-6 ray petals in flat-topped clusters.
Things to Know: Yarrow is generally safe to use, however, allergic reactions can occur. Motherlove uses yarrow for topical and oral products. Before taking herbal supplements, please consult with your doctor.