Herb lexicon – the yarrow (yarrow in Montafonian)

Wife’s best friend and warrior

The yarrow not only helps with a feeling of fullness, it also relieves gynecological problems such as mensturation and menopausal problems. The name Garbe (= the one who heals) already indicates the healing properties of the white to pink flowers.


The yarrow has a blood purifying, hemostatic, anticonvulsant, disinfecting and anti-inflammatory effect. The contained tannins and the essential oil have an antibacterial and wound healing effect. The bitter substances support the secretion of gastric juice and bile and thus stimulate digestion. At the same time, they have a detoxifying effect on the liver and pancreas. yarrow also stimulates kidney activity due to its high potassium content.

When the flower shimmers pink, it has absorbed the full power of the sun and has most of the healing power.

Sheep also show us how it is done and rub against the stiff yarrow flowers when injured.


For internal use, the yarrow is suitable as a tea or tincture. It stimulates the appetite and at the same time the digestive juices. It provides relief for menstrual or menstrual problems with its anti-inflammatory and anticonvulsant properties.

For external use, a bath, ointments, oil extract or poultice are suitable as a treat for the skin and body.

Where it grows and what it looks like

The yarrow grows vigorously on all kinds of meadows, pastures, on embankments, paths and field edges where other plants struggle. It is very frugal, persistent and resilient: you will surely remember the white-flowered plant with robust stems that you could only pick with difficulty as a child or with roots for the beautiful meadow bouquet.


In spring and after the first mowing, the young, tender leaves are ideal for your salads, soups, spreads and much more. freshen up with their slightly bitter note. This not only brings spring fever to the plate – the yarrow also promotes fat digestion and, as already mentioned, helps with bloating.

Source: Servus – Das Magazin, www.tem-zentrum.at, “Plants and Elements” by Kleindienst-John

Herbal encyclopedia – the yarrow

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