External Applications in Anthroposophic Nursing

Yarrow

Synonyms
Achillea millefolium; Millefolium
Composition
Tea from the entire flowering plant (except the root)

Guiding principle

Yarrrow belongs to the family of composite flowers. The plant grows in the summer months, often on dry meadows throughout Europe, North Asia and North America. It contains within itself a variety of partly contradictory substance formations (bitter substances, oils, silicic acid, sulfur).  At first sight one is struck by the flower formation spreading out into a horizontal surface. The leaves are bipinnate or tripinnate, which indicates a powerful structuring force (differentiating force, sound ether effect).
Yarrow has a comprehensive effect on liver activity. Its specific bitter substances support the activity of the digestive organs. It is a tried and tested remedy for wounds and external bleeding, as well as for uterine conditions with abdominal cramps.
Its structuring power as well as its ability to order metabolic processes makes it a remedy for excessive inflammatory processes such as hepatitis, colitis and pneumonia.
The lung is a light, air-filled organ. In pneumonia after bronchitis, the inflammation spreads to the lung tissue. This causes inflammatory cell congestion and the lung tissue becomes heavy and lacking in air. The sulfur process of yarrow brings dynamic into the reversal of this process. The structuring force from the leaf area of the yarrow intervenes in this process by ordering and restructuring.

Indications and application

Agitation

Anxiety

Chemotherapy, side effects

Cholangitis, sclerosing

Depression

Digestive complaints

Dysmenorrhoea

Exhaustion

Fever reduction

Insomnia

Menstrual problems

Pneumonia

Sleep disorders