Astringent Herbs: Yarrow and Yellow DockFitness Gear & Equipment
Yarrow (Milfoil) (Achillea millefolium)
Parts Used: Flowers and leaves
Herbal Properties: Astringent, diaphoretic, hemostatic, and stimulant
What it affects: Circulation
Preparation and Amount
Infusion: Steep 5 to 15 minutes. Take 6 oz. 3 to 4 times daily.
Tincture: Take 5 to 20 drops 3 to 4 times daily.
Fluid Extract: Take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon 3 to 4 times daily.
Oil: Take 5 to 20 drops 3 to 4 times daily.
Powder: Take 5 to 9 #0 capsules (30 to 60 grains) 3 to 4 times daily.
Internally, yarrow is extremely good for the early stages of flu and colds. It is also given as a strong infusion for children with measles and other eruptive diseases. It is also excellent for stomach upset, stopping hemorrhages and bleeding from the lungs, and shrinking hemorrhoids. Take it as a warm infusion (an oz. of the herb steeped in a pint of boiled water for 20 minutes) for cramps and to help strong menstrual bleeding. For piles, hemorrhage, or vaginal secretions, use as a douche or enema. If there is swelling or bleeding of the bowel, inject 2 oz. into the colon after each bowel movement. If there is much pain, inject a warm tea (112-115° F.), to soothe and reduce that pain, Make a bolus or salve for bleeding piles. It is used for anemia and liver disease. It is also used for blood in the urine, epididymitis, leucorrhea, menorrhagia, amenorrhea, measles, and uremic poisoning.
Externally, it can be applied directly to wounds, to stop bleeding.
Yellow Dock (Rumex Crispus)
Part Used: Root
Herbal Properties: Alterative, astringent, cholagogue, laxative, and nutritive
What it affects: Blood, skin, spleen, liver, and gallbladder
Preparation and Amount
Decoction: Simmer 5 to 15 minutes. Take 1 tablespoon in 6 oz. water 3 times daily.
Tincture: Take 5 to 30 drops 3 times daily.
Fluid Extract: Take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon 3 times daily.
Syrup: Take 1 teaspoon 3 to 4 times daily.
Powder: Take 5 to 10 #0 capsules (30 to 60 grains) 3 times daily.
Internally, yellow dock acts as a blood purifier and cleanser, as well as a general tonic. It is an astringent blood purifier used in treating diseases of the blood. It tones up the entire system. Because it stimulates the flow of bile, it acts as a laxative. It improves colon and liver functions; and it is good for tumors, liver, gallbladder problems, and ulcers.
Use it in formulas for jaundice and hepatitis. Because of its high iron content, it is used in the treatment of anemia. It is good for inflammation of the nasal passages and respiratory tract. It is good for the spleen. Combine it in teas and salves with Echinacea, burdock root, and sarsaparilla.
It is also used for cancer, acne, boils, jaundice, leucorrhea, psoriasis, and piles.
Externally, yellow dock is used for skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis, skin itch, ulcers, rashes, and hives. Combined with sarsaparilla, it makes a tea for chronic skin disorders. It makes a good salve for itchy skin diseases and swellings of glands. Apply it to bleeding piles and wounds. It is good for running of the ears, scurvy, ulcerated eyelids. In addition, drink 3 cups of the tea daily. Indians applied crushed yellow dock leaves to boils and pulverized roots to cuts.
Warning: Do not put yellow dock in salads, soups, etc. Its high oxalic acid content can cause poisoning.