Instructions to take Yarrow for Endo
A lovely herbalist I met through IIN suggested to me not too long ago to try yarrow for endometriosis. She was passionate about the benefits of this herb and was sure that it would really help me.
So I picked up some loose leaf yarrow but admit that it sat in my pantry for awhile. Then I received a reminder email from this lovely lady asking if I had tried it….?
I was thankful when she provided me with instructions on how to make tea from the loose leaf which is to combine a teaspoon of yarrow with each cup of water, bring to a boil, then remove from the heat and let it simmer for ten minutes. She warned me that its taste is sort of different, so feel free to sweeten with honey or lemon.
She suggests drinking the yarrow tea everyday after the third day of my period on up until my next period and to take a break from it every seven days.
So in good promise, I’ve been drinking this yarrow tea as suggested — in the morning before eating anything. I’ve been doing this for the past ten days or so and started a bit late in the second half of my cycle.
Benefits of Yarrow for Endometriosis
I looked more into the benefits of yarrow and understand now, why she was adamant about me trying it 🙂
Yarrow is a very balanced herb in that it is both cooling and warming in the body.
It promotes circulation, while stopping excessive blood flow especially to the reproductive organs and tissues.
It is good for issues involving pelvic congestion such as PCOS, ovarian cysts, fibroids and endometriosis.
Yarrow stimulates the uterus to bring on menstruation, yet curbs heavy menstrual flow. It is helpful in reducing painful menstrual cramps and helps reduce spasms.
It has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.
Yarrow is rich in flavonoids which are effective in increasing stomach acid and saliva so it improves digestion.
It is a natural diuretic so it helps the body eliminate excess fluids.
Yarrow is helpful in treating allergies and contains a natural decongestant that dries up excess mucus.
Yarrow helps with anxiety and insomnia and also aids in liver detoxification — it just keeps getting better 🙂
Yarrow is said to help stimulate progesterone — yay!
It is a powerful disinfectant – a strong antibacterial that can aid in the elimination of urinary tract infections as it tones and strengthens the bladder.
Of note, yarrow should not be taken:
if you are pregnant or nursing, if you have allergies to ragweed, asters or chrysanthemums, if you have issues with aspirin, if you are on a prescription sedative or anxiety medication or if you are taking medication for high blood pressure or heart disease.
On the Positive Side?
Since starting with the yarrow tea I’ve noticed that many of my PMS symptoms have improved. I’ve not had any spotting this cycle and my morning basal body temperatures (BBT) have been steadily higher in the second half of my cycle — all indicative that my progesterone levels are improved.
I am feeling hopeful that this addition will help, but I suppose the true test will come in a couple of days when flow arrives 🙂
Have you tried yarrow? How did it help you? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.