Top 5 Yarrow Essential Oil Uses

Yarrow Essential Oil Uses

Yarrow is known as “little feather” and it’s widely found around the northern hemisphere, growing wild in Asia, Europe and North America. It has a well-known medicinal background and was an important plant for those involved in war. In fact, it was at one time referred to as herbal militaris because it was regularly used to stop wounds from bleeding profusely and promote healing, and one study even found yarrow oil useful in treating burns caused from napalm. This function has given way to other names for the tiny plant including the nosebleed plant, soldier’s woundwort and old man’s pepper. However, yarrow essential oil uses include much more medicinal potency than just coagulation alone.

Nearly all essential oil uses relate to chemical constituents they contain. In the case of yarrow, familiar naturally occurring substances like camphor and limonene can be found alongside less commonly seen compounds like gamma terpinene, chamazulene, beta pinene, borneol acetate and more. These elements combine to bring forth healing properties like reducing inflammation and soothing coughs. Although most yarrow essential oil uses may be attributed to wound care, there are numerous other health benefits thought to be associated with the oil, the best five of which can be found below.

1. Menstruation: The benefits to blood flow demonstrated by yarrow essential oil are well documented and hardly need discussed again. However, it may be that these long known yarrow essential oil uses may translate into other additional benefits. Some believe that yarrow may be useful in helping to regulate the menstrual cycle and that it may also help to reduce menstrual bleeding when it’s heavy or excessive. Animal data has suggested that a compound in yarrow oil called achilleine is what is responsible for its ability to slow both external and internal bleeding, which may explain its indication in women’s health. Though not considered toxic, only therapeutic grade oils should be used internally if applicable, and never without consulting a physician first.

2. Blood Pressure: Treating high blood pressure has become quite commonplace anymore, and that’s probably because so many people are affected by it. While there are almost countless medications in existence used to artificially lower blood pressure, there are also many things found in nature that may be similarly effective. The same achilleine contained in yarrow that helps stymie bleeding wounds and minimize heavy menstrual flows is what likely makes it useful in lowering blood pressure, too. Some animal study data exists that may support yarrow essential oil uses in cases of hypertension, but more research will be needed to better understand these results and what dosage might be safe or proper in this application.

3. Antifungal: Perhaps less important than blood clotting and lowering blood pressure but still quite relevant, are the antifungal properties associated with yarrow. Some studies suggest that one particular common fungus found on the human body known as Candida, may cause certain illnesses or make people more susceptible to developing illnesses. Studies have found yarrow essential oil uses not only may include antifungal activity against Candida albicans, but also S. Aureus as well. As more becomes known about what types of health implications may be associated with an overgrowth or overabundance of the normally harmless Candida fungus, neat topical application of yarrow oil may become far more common as a remedy.

4. Cancer: It is far, far too early to know if yarrow essential oil uses include anticancer activity. However, one animal study conducted in vivo found that specific sesquiterpenoids called achimillic acids that exist in yarrow oil were effective against leukemia cells present in mice. It will likely be decades before these results are fully understood or explored more fluently, however it’s exciting news indeed in an age where cancer has become more prevalent, while treatment options lag decades behind.

5. Inflammation: Most yarrow essential oil uses related to wound care exist solely because of the plant’s known effects on profuse bleeding. But, another one of its benefits that may be quite valuable when wounds are present seems to be often overlooked. Yarrow is considered a useful natural anti inflammatory, and no doubt these benefits may be useful in the event of a wound or injury. But, yarrow oil’s inflammation relieving properties may not stop there. Some suggest it’s useful for allergy sufferers, because it can reduce sinus inflammation. And, inflammation of the digestive system is also thought to be alleviated with yarrow oil, too.