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Yarrow

Yarrow, Achillea Millefolium, a member of the sunflower family, has been used as a
medicinial herb for thousands of years. It was named after the Greek warrior, Achilles,
who, according to legend, used yarrow to heal the wounds of his men on the battlefield. It is a most versatile herb with many healing properties. When taken internally, it is anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, analgesic, and it regulates the cardio-vascular system by lowering blood pressure and slowing the heartbeat. It is often used to reduce symptoms of the common cold and to lower fevers. As a women’s tonic, yarrow helps to regulate the menstrual cycle and ease the pain of menstruation. Externally, it is used as a poultice to stop bleeding, as an antiseptic, and as an antibiotic to heal diseased tissues. NOTE: Yarrow should be used sparingly, as extended or excessive use of the herb often results in photosensitivity and/or allergic reactions.

Yucca

Yucca, related to the Joshua Tree, is indigenous to Southwestern United States (California, Arizona and Nevada). It has long been utilized by Native Americans to treat many maladies, including headaches, gonorrhea, arthritis and rheumatism. In Western herbal tradition, it has been found particularly helpful in treating arthritis, rheumatism and osteoporosis due to the high content of the steroid saponins, which are precursors to cortisone. It is also useful in the treatment of blood sugar problems. Diuretics and emetics are made from the roots and leaves of the plant. Yucca herbal products have been found to be generally safe for the consumer.

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