Blue Yarrow Essential Oil

Botanical Name:
Achillea millefolium
Country of Origin:
Bulgaria
Plant Part:
Flower
Distillation Method:
Steam
Cultivation:
Naturally Grown
Overall Profile
Sesquiterpene
N/A
Oxide
N/A
Monoterpene
N/A
Primary Constituents
beta pinene
N/A
sabnene
N/A
beta caryophyllene
N/A
germacrene D
N/A
chamazulene
N/A
  • 4oz -
    $544.80
  • 8oz -
    $1,033.93
  • 16oz -
    $1,960.94
  • 1Kg -
    $3,639.08
  • Sample -
    $2.58

Wholesale Pure Blue Yarrow Essential Oil

100% pure Naturally Grown Blue Yarrow essential oil from Bulgaria.

ABOUT THE OIL

Blue yarrow is used in similar applications to German (Blue) Chamomile and Blue Tansy as the deep blue color comes from the same compound, called chamazulene. Our Blue Yarrow Essential Oil is available from sample size up to 1kg or more.

Aromatherapy Notes

Blue Yarrow is steam distilled from the flowering tops of the plant and has a deeply herbaceous aroma.

Traditional Uses

Blue yarrow is an amazing natural remedy with a rich and broad history of use for innumerable medical conditions. The scientific name for yarrow, “Achillea”, dates all the way back to the Trojan war (around 1200 B.C) when the war hero Achilles is said to have used it as a clotting agent to stop the bleeding of his fellow soldiers.1 Knowledge of the usage of the plant dates it even further back than that, having been found in the grave of a Neanderthal at Shanidar (from ~65,000 years ago).2

The Greek physician Dioscorides described the plant as having medical uses for stopping bleeding, reducing inflammation, and to treat dysentery.2 Roman author Pliny the Elder also mentioned it as improving the “looseness of bowels”.2 Old English medical texts recommended yarrow for treating wounds, intestinal pain, heartburn, lung disease, toothache, headache, and even to treat snake and dog bites.2 It has been used to treat snakebites in China as well, along with hemorrhoids, varicose veins, dysmenorrhea, and tuberculosis.2

Use of yarrow has also been recorded on the other side of the world. Authoritative documentation has reported 377 medical uses for yarrow amongst at least 76 different Native American tribes. These uses include: wounds, bruises, skin damage, colds, fever, sore throat, and digestive problems. The Zuni even had a special ceremonial society, called the Yayat, who would cleanse themselves in the cooling juice and chew the blossoms of the yarrow before juggling fire.2

Therapeutic Properties

Therapeutic Properties Described in the Aromatherapy Literature

From Aromatherapy Science: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals3:

  • Astringent, Diaphoretic, Digestive Stimulant, Antispasmodic, Menstrual Regulator, Anti-inflammatory,

From Aromatherapy: Scent and Psyche 4:

  • Skin and vascular tonic
  • Beneficial circulatory effects
  • Soothing antiseptic for wounds, ulcers, sores
  • “eases tension and imparts a balancing influence”

Blue Yarrow in Research

Medical Applications:

In light of the extensive uses of yarrow throughout history, it only makes sense that current research is confirming many of these medicinal properties. Findings include antispasmodic, antiphlogistic, choleretic, anti-inflammatory properties.5, 6 Gastrointestinal use has also been supported by research showing that yarrow extract has effectiveness in preventing and healing ulcers.7, 8 There is also evidence that certain components of yarrow may have tumor inhibiting properties. 9, 10 Studies suggest that yarrow also has properties that may prevent liver damage as well as antispasmodic effects in the gut.11 Other research has found to have choleretic effects that suggest it may be useful as a remedy for digestive disorders.12

Summary of Research Studies:

  • Flavonoids are responsible for the antispasmodic properties of yarrow, whereas the dicaffeoylquinic acids caused choleretic effects; yarrow extracts inhibit inflammatory processes5
  • Aqueous extract from yarrow protected against the formation of gastric lesions and ulcers in rats over long term usage without toxic effects7
  • Yarrow caused significant increase in gastric mucosa regeneration and existing ulcer repair in rats8
  • Chloroform-soluble extract of yarrow significantly inhibited the proliferation of tumor cells9
  • Sesquiterpenoids from yarrow were active against leukemia cells in mice10
  • Evidence of hepatoprotective (ability to prevent liver damage) activity of crude yarrow extract in animal models11

Yarrow produced choleretic effects (increased secretion of bile in the liver) in rats, suggesting digestive benefits12

Application and Use

Safety

Research confirms that Blue Yarrow is nontoxic and safe for therapeutic use.13 It is advised to always test a small amount of oil before engaging in more liberal application. If pregnant or breast-feeding, consult a physician prior to use.

References

1 Chandler, R. F., et al. “Ethnobotany and Phytochemistry of Yarrow,Achillea Millefolium, Compositae.” Economic Botany, vol. 36, no. 2, 1982, pp. 203–223., doi:10.1007/bf02858720.

2 Applequist, Wendy L., and Daniel E. Moerman. “Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium L.): A Neglected Panacea? A Review of Ethnobotany, Bioactivity, and Biomedical Research1.” Economic Botany, vol. 65, no. 2, June 2011, pp. 209–225., doi:10.1007/s12231-011-9154-3.

3 Lis-Balchin, Maria. Aromatherapy Science: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals. Pharmaceutical Press, 2006.

4 Damian, Peter, and Kate Damian. Aromatherapy: Scent and Psyche. Inner Traditions/Bear & Co, 1995.

5 Benedek, Birgit, and Brigitte Kopp. “Achillea Millefolium L. S.l. Revisited: Recent Findings Confirm the Traditional Use.” Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift, vol. 157, no. 13-14, 2007, pp. 312–314., doi:10.1007/s10354-007-0431-9.

6 Benedek, Birgit, et al. “Achillea Millefolium L. S.l. -- Is the Anti-Inflammatory Activity Mediated by Protease Inhibition?” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 113, no. 2, 2007, pp. 312–317., doi:10.1016/j.jep.2007.06.014.

7 Cavalcanti, Ana Maria, et al. “Safety and Antiulcer Efficacy Studies of Achillea Millefolium L. after Chronic Treatment in Wistar Rats.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 107, no. 2, 2006, pp. 277–284., doi:10.1016/j.jep.2006.03.011.

8 Potrich, Francine Bittencourt, et al. “Antiulcerogenic Activity of Hydroalcoholic Extract of Achillea Millefolium L.: Involvement of the Antioxidant System.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 130, no. 1, 2010, pp. 85–92., doi:10.1016/j.jep.2010.04.014.

9 Csupor-Löffler, Boglárka, et al. “Antiproliferative Effect of Flavonoids and Sesquiterpenoids FromAchillea Millefoliums.l. on Cultured Human Tumour Cell Lines.”Phytotherapy Research, vol. 23, no. 5, 2009, pp. 672–676., doi:10.1002/ptr.2697.

10 Tozyo, Takehiko, et al. “Novel Antitumor Sesquiterpenoids in Achillea Millefolium.” Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin, vol. 42, no. 5, 1994, pp. 1096–1100., doi:10.1248/cpb.42.1096.

11 Yaeesh, Sheikh, et al. “Studies on Hepatoprotective, Antispasmodic and Calcium Antagonist Activities of the Aqueous-Methanol Extract of Achillea Millefolium.” Phytotherapy Research, vol. 20, no. 7, 2006, pp. 546–551., doi:10.1002/ptr.1897.

12 Benedek, B., et al. “Choleretic Effects of Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium S.l.) in the Isolated Perfused Rat Liver.” Phytomedicine, vol. 13, no. 9-10, 2006, pp. 702–706., doi:10.1016/j.phymed.2005.10.005.

13 Teixeira, Rosangela De Oliveira, et al. “Assessment of Two Medicinal Plants, Psidium Guajava L. and Achillea Millefolium L., in in Vitro and in Vivo Assays.” Genetics and Molecular Biology, vol. 26, no. 4, 2003, pp. 551–555., doi:10.1590/s1415-47572003000400021.