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An upright, perennial plant, with single or sparsely grouped stems varying from 18 to 80 cm. They are somewhat ramified and have short, whitish fuzzy hairs. Its elongated, dark green leaves are split into short, fine strips. The leaves are longer, and with petioles at the base, and towards the top they are shorter and sessile. Its flowers (capitula) are often white, sometimes pink, or purple around the edges. These capitula, which appear at the top of the stems, form corymbs with a flat or slightly convex head. It flowers from June to September.

Latin name

Achillea millefolium L.


A cosmopolitan species in the Northern hemisphere. It is found in Eurasia and North America.

Used part

The flowering aerial parts.

Active components

Essential oil (chamazulene): antiseptic and calming on the digestive tract, with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Flavonoids (luteolin, apigenin, quercetin): antioxidants that also have an antispasmodic effect. Bitter principles (sesquiterpene lactones): responsible for appetite stimulation and the proper function of the digestive system. Tannins: astringent and antiseptic. Phenolic acids (cynarine): choleretic. Alkamides: anti-inflammatory effect.


Other than the fact that there are numerous varieties of yarrow specially cultivated for decoration, this plant was traditionally valued for its health virtues. One of the oldest uses is to stimulate wound healing and its styptic properties, but also to promote digestion and sleep. Yarrow has also been used to relieve menstrual symptoms and periodic abdominal cramps. In the Middle Ages, this plant was used as an ingredient in beer, before the use of hops became common practice. In German-speaking countries, there is still the tradition of preparing "Gründonnerstag-suppe” in the week up to Easter. This soup, prepared using Spring herbs, including yarrow, has a cleansing effect and can combat Spring fatigue. Scientific research into yarrow shows its efficacy for digestive disorders such as cramps, loss of appetite and difficult digestion. 1-9 Traditional use to promote digestive comfort has been scientifically documented. 10-13

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The health claims relating to other nutrients or substances contained in our products that feature on our site are compliant with Regulation No. 432/2012 of the Commission of 16 May 2012 which establishes a list of authorised health claims authorised in relation to food products, other than those in reference to the reduction of the risk of disease as well as community-based development and child health (cf. website of the European Commission: http://ec.europa.eu/nuhclaims/).