Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium)

Yarrow was a well-known plant to the Ancient Greeks, who valued it highly for its healing properties.  According to Greek mythology, the hero Achilles used Yarrow to cure the wounds of the Mysian king Telephus.  Thus, in honor of Achilles, yarrow’s botanical family name is Achillea. The word Millefolium stems from the Latin words “mille” – “thousand”, and “folium” – “leaves”, and refers to the feathery appearance of yarrow.

Nowadays it is well known that yarrow has a coagulating effect due to its Vitamin K content.  Yarrow oil can improve circulatory disorders, such as varicose veins and hemorrhoids. It helps with irregular menstruation, menopausal problems, cystitis and infection.

Yarrow oil is also beneficial for digestive problems such as flatulence, colic, cramp, indigestion and constipation. Additionally, it can be used to counter stress-related problems, hypertension and insomnia.

On the skin, yarrow oil helps the healing of inflamed wounds, rashes, cuts, eczema, scars, and burns and can promote hair growth.

Yarrow oil has a reputation for being an all-healing cure and is even used as an ingredient in some Swedish beers.


ESSENTIAL OIL PROPERTIES

Appearance:
homogenous liquid

Color
:
yellow-green to blue-green, depending on the variety

Aroma
:
specific of the plant, strong, spicy, with a camphor note 

Plant parts used in distillation:
above ground parts

Growing method:
wild

Macrocompounds:
Bound alcohols (as Borneol), Free alcohols (as Borneol), α-pinene, β-pinene, Cineole

Additional components:
chamazulene, acetic acid, valerianic acid, camphene, myrcene,  limonene, p-cymene, cinneol, γ-terpinene, camphor, α-terpineol, bornyl acetate, terpinyl acetate, sesquiterpene, thujone hydrocarbons, cariophylene, etc.

Storage
:
in well-sealed containers at 5 to 15º C, away from direct sunshine or heat sources.

Shelf life
:
2 years

Harvesting period
:
In June and July



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