Yarrow tea possesses a wide range of health benefits when consumed, but surprisingly many people still do not know yarrow very well. If you’ve been looking for a new tea variety to spice things up and enhance your health and wellbeing, then you’ll love yarrow tea.
What is Yarrow?
Yarrow, known binomially as Achillea millefolium, or more commonly as old man’s pepper and military herb, is closely related to chamomile and dandelions, and possesses many similar traits when you come to think of it.
Originally native to Europe and parts of Asia, today is thrives in many parts of the world with a temperate climate. People from around the world still use it traditionally to this day thanks to the numerous benefits is possesses which is now being revealed by researchers.
- Natural Remedy For Anxiety
Millions of people deal with crippling anxiety, relying on problematic prescription medications. In the first instance, natural remedies such as yarrow tea can offer great support, delivering anxiolytic benefits and also helping bring about sleep if you experience difficulty.
Yarrow tea also possesses surprising advantages over common prescription meds used to treat anxiety, such as not losing efficacy over time, and also not causing side effects that are often associated with such medication.
- May Help Menstrual Irregularities
Menstrual irregularities are now more prevalent than they have ever been in history, attributed in large part to our diet and exposure to synthetic hormonal products. Yarrow tea is believed to help increase pelvic blood flow and can be useful to initiating monthly menses in women that suffer from amenorrhea. For this reason, it is sometimes referred to as an emmenagogue.
The problem remains, however, that it does not address the core problems but acts as a temporary fix.
- Promotes Healing Of Wounds
In an ironic twist of faith, it is interesting to note that the name of this plant is based on the mythical hero Achilles, and it might had been able to save him from his untimely death based on its ability. Used topically (not consumed) yarrow flowers steeped in water to make a tea can arrest excessive bleeding from wounds, and prevent infection.
This bears testament to its other name as well; military herb, which indicates one of its previous uses to deal with wounds suffered in wars and military conflicts. Native tribes still make use of it in parts of the world.
- Supports Digestive Health
Yarrow tea is not specifically a prebiotic food/beverage, but it can still help support the overall health of your digestive system thanks to its anti-gas and anti-spasmodic properties. This is sometimes why it is recommended to drink chamomile or daisy tea when dealing with abdominal cramps as a result of diarrhea or otherwise, not because it cures the condition but because it makes dealing with symptoms easier.
- Can Assist With Blood Pressure Management
If you are frustrated with trying to get your blood pressure under control, maybe it is time that you add in some natural support. Not meant to replace your prescription meds, yarrow tea can definitely function as a useful adjuvant.
It possesses vasodilatory properties which assist with blood flow by widening the diameter of blood vessels. In turn, pressure is reduced owing to lower arterial wall tension. It can even help to reduce anxiety induced hypertension since it is also very effective on that front as well.
- Supports A Healthy Liver
Yarrow tea may surprise you when it comes to its ability to help support liver health, but time after time yarrow tea has been found to help reduce oxidative damage that occurs to the liver, and can even help restore liver function in people with compromised health of this organ
To exert strong enough actions, it needs to be taken several times daily, but it is worth it when it helps to support the health of one of the most important organs in the body.
- May Support Diabetes Management
Yarrow tea can even be of benefit to diabetics, given that you do not go overboard and sweeten it. Regular consumption of yarrow tea is associated with reduced insulin resistance, as well as increased natural production of this hormone.
In addition to this, it can help to safeguard the cells that produce insulin in the pancreas from oxidative damage that may render them ineffective. Most of all, it does not cause an unsafe drop in blood glucose if levels are already optimal.
- May Reduce The Risk Of Heart Disease
Reducing the risk of heart requires a multifaceted approach on several fronts, which can greatly be assisted with the consumption of yarrow tea. It is already been highlighted how it can positively benefit blood pressure, but in addition to this is its ability to help reduce oxidative and inflammatory damage which tilts scale towards significant benefit for the heart.
By helping to regulate blood pressure and reducing excessive oxidative damage, the likelihood of clots forming inside blood vessels is reduced, as it is the reduced likelihood of atherosclerotic plaque deposits. In turn, you benefit from reduced risk of strokes and heart attacks.
- Promising Anticancer Adjuvant
Consumption of yarrow tea shows great promise in the management and treatment of several cancer types including those affecting the lung, liver, and the breast to name a few. Studies have indicated potential in helping to promote the programmed death of cancer cells, suppressing the speed at which they grow and enhancing the efficacy of other anticancer medication.
It may even help offset DNA damage that can propagate massive cellular changes, which cuts down the treatment curve significantly.
- May Help Relieve Mastitis
Mastitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of breast tissue, usually a result of bacterial infection and other conditions that may impair breastmilk production or flow. Yarrow tea has been used as a traditional remedy for mastitis for many years, being both consumed and applied locally to nipple tissue.
Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it exceptional for helping to deal with the painful symptoms, but it also possesses galactagogues properties to stimulate breast milk flow and can help prevent blockages in ducts. The blockages are considered a secondary contributor to mastitis.
Insomnia can develop as a result of many things, including anxiety and stress. We previously mentioned how yarrow tea can effectively be used to manage anxiety, but it can also help treat insomnia regardless of the cause, by helping lower cortisol levels and initiating sleep.
It may not be as strong as chamomile, but effects are said to persist for longer, which means that you are likely to stay asleep throughout the night.
Yarrow tea possesses and health benefits, and is a viable alternative to many, medications. Unique flavor is bound to mix things up when you’re tired of the same, so give this a shot and see how quickly it becomes one of your new favorite.