Achillea millefolium


Franz Eugen Köhler. (2001). Köhlers Medizinal-Pflanzen in naturgetreuen Abbildungen und kurz erläuterndem Texte. Retrieved from:


Flora of Quebeq. (2014). Common Yarrow. Retrieved from:


Botanical Name: Achillea millefolium


Common name: Yarrow, nosebleed, thousand seal (Costa, Giese, Tanguay-Colucci, Weissner & Ulbricht, 2013)


Family: Asteraeae (Hoffmann, 2013, p. 523)


Parts used: Ariel parts (Hoffmann, 2013, p. 523)



  • Volatile oil: bornyl acetate, camphor, a-caryophyllene & 1,8 cineole
  • Sesquiterpene lactones: achillicin, achillin, achillifolin, millifin, millifolide
  • Tannins
  • Flavonoids: apigenin, luteolin, isorhamnetin, rutin
  • Alkaloids: betonicine, stachydrine, achiceine, moschatine, trigonelline
  • Phenolic acids: caffeic salicyclic
  • Coumarines

(Hoffmann, 2013, p. 523)



  • Diaphoretic
  • Hypotensive
  • Astringent
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Diuretic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Bitter
  • Hepatic

(Hoffmann, 2013, p. 523)



Achillea millefolium has a long history as a herbal remedy for wound healing, the name derived from Mythical Greek character ‘Achilles’ who carried it with his army to treat battle wounds (Costa et al., 2013)



  • Fever (Hoffmann, 2013, p. 523)
  • Stimulates digestion (Hoffmann, 2013, p. 523)
  • Tones blood vessels (Hoffmann, 2013, p. 523)
  • Cystitis (Hoffmann, 2013, p. 523)
  • Thrombotic conditions associated with hypertension (Hoffmann, 2013, p. 523)
  • Wound healing (topical)
  • Acute stage of colds, influenza and respiratory carrahs (Hoffmann, 2013, p. 523)
  • Intestinal disease such as: chronic diarrhoea, dysentery, intestinal haemorrhage and epistaxis (Hoffmann, 2013, p. 523)
  • Disease of the uterus such as: Uterine haemorrhage, profuse protracted menstruation and leucorrhoea (Hoffmann, 2013, p. 523)
  • Plaque/Gingervitis (Costa et al., 2013)


Preparation & Dosage

Tincture: (1:5 in 25%) 2-4mL/tds

Infusion: 1-2tsp/1cup water/tds (or drunk hourly in the case of fever)


Cautions & Contradictions:

Contraindicated in pregnancy and lactation due to animal studies which demonstrated a decrease in foetal weight and increase in the placenta weight. (Costa et al., 2013).



For fevers yarrow combines well with elder flower, peppermint, boneset or with cayenne and ginger.

For raised blood pressure combines with hawthorne, lime blossom and mistletoe.

(Hoffmann, 1990, p. 243)



Costa, D., Giese, N., Tanguay-Colucci, S., Weissner, W., & Ulbricht, C. (2013). Yarrow (Archillia millifolium). Natural Standard Professional Monograph. Retrieved from:

Hoffmann, D. (1990). Holistic Herbal. London: Thorsons

Hoffmann, D. (2003). Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester Vermont: Healing Arts Press.

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