Synonyms in a broader sense

Latin name: Achillea millefolium

Common names: Achilles, field sheaf, goose tongues, cricket herb, sheep tongue

Family: Daisy family

Plant description

To knee high Plant with tough, fibrous, cylindrical stem, weakly hairy. It grows from a rosette of leaves. It forms white, less often reddish inflorescences than panicley sham umbels. The leaves are bipinnate.

Flowering time: June to October

Occurrence: In whole Europe widespread in meadows, along roads and fields. Very frugal and resilient, does not grow on wet and damp soils.

Plant parts used medicinally

All the flowering herb. Usually the thicker stem parts are not included.


Essential oil with Azulene and Eucalyptol, Bitter substances, Tannins, Flavonoids, various minerals (primarily potassium)

Effect and application

As an aromatic bitter agent internally Lack of appetite, at Gastrointestinal and biliary problems. The azulen works disinfectant, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory. The potassium contained in it, together with the other active ingredients, stimulates the kidneys.

Yarrow therefore becomes Spring cure and or Autumn cure in Tea blends gladly used. In addition, if it is irregular and painful Menstrual period, often with Back pain connected. Yarrow also has one hemostatic Effect.

Externally, yarrow is used for compresses and baths for poorly healing wounds. It has a very similar effect to chamomile flowers.


Tea: Pour ¼ l of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of yarrow herb and let it steep for 15 minutes. Strain and drink a cup with each meal, preferably unsweetened.

Yarrow herb as a bath additive or for poultices: Take 2 good tablespoons full of cutting drug and pour ¾ l of boiling water over it, let it steep for 15 minutes, strain. Add the liquid to the full bath or use it for compresses.

Combination with other medicinal plants

There are many other effective remedies from the plant kingdom that can be used together as Tea blend work very well.

The following tea mixture is recommended for stomach, intestinal and biliary problems:

Yarrow 30.0g / chamomile flowers 50.0 g / peppermint 50.0 g

This tea is also suitable for stimulating the appetite.

Use in homeopathy

The mother tincture is made from the fresh, blooming herb. Used at Bleeding tendency of various kinds, at Bleeding as a result of injuries. Millefolium apparently does one Narrowing of the capillaries. Is also used for complaints in the Stomach and intestines. The most common are the potencies D1 to D6.

Side effects

Side effects are not to be expected with normal dosage. In rare cases, a allergic rash to be triggered.

Phytopharmaceuticals in Germany

The list of the best-selling herbal preparations led by far the ginkgo:

  1. ginkgo
  2. Johannis herbs
  3. Devil's claw
  4. Horse chestnuts
  5. artichoke
  6. Milk thistle
  7. Nettle
  8. Umckaloabo
  9. Hawthorn
  10. ivy

A list of all medicinal herbs / medicinal plants that we have already published can be found under: Medicines A-Z.