Yarrow tea is a good wound wash.  Candace Corson MD (see Diet for Natural Health video) makes a salve from yarrow and passes it out to needy friends Dr. Corson's Recipe (Adapted from the recipe of Native American Patsy Clark). (More)
Achillea, yarrow, in medicinal garden, Loire river, France.


SPANISH MEDICINE:  The entire plant used as an antispasmodic, emmenagogue,  tonic, carminative, 
digestive aid and wound healing.  Infusion of the aerial parts is used as a carminative, digestive aid, tonic 
and emmenagogue.  Wound healing is facilitated by an infusion in distilled water and application as a 
wash to the wound site. It is used to flavor many liqueurs.  Internal use contraindicated during gestation
due to uterine stimulating propensity.   This is a not so secret ingredient in great European beers.

Native American Uses: Whole plant (aerial parts) infused and used to treat acute infections: colds, fever, flu.  Infusion of whole plant as a diuretic.  Whole plant infusion to control coughing.  Whole plant used as a wash (infusion) for bites, stings, snake bites. Root decoction used as a wash for pimples.  Leaves:  Leaves infused and consumed as tea for inducing sleep. Leaf infusion for poison ivy. Infusion of leaves antidiarrheal.  Infusion of leaves to reduce fever (febrifuge). Smoked leaves to treat cataarh.  Leaves in infusion as an astringent (styptic) to treat internal and external bleeding (to treat piles) and to treat conditions causing bloody urine (kidney and bladder infections?). Leaves dried, crushed and snorted as snuff for headaches, also placed in nose to stop bleeding.  Also, fresh or dry leaves as a poultice over wounds.  Leaves crushed and used as a fomentation or poultice over breast (nipple) abscesses. Leaf decoction as a hair rinse. Bella Coola chewed leaves and used as a poultice to treat burns and boils.  Flowers:  Leaves and flowers in decoction for headaches or for chest pains.  Poultice of flowers (masticated) applied to reduce edema.

Animal grease and leaves used as a poultice on chest and back to treat bronchitis.

Juice of aerial parts or decoction of aerial parts considered a general tonic and particularly a tonic for internal organs.

Leaf decoction used as an inhalant for headaches. 

Leaves and stems smudged as a mosquito repellent.  Whole aerial parts used to preserve fish by stuffing them in cleaned body cavity.