Achillea millefolium, “Yarrow” or “Common Yarrow” in English, “Millefeuille” or “Herbe à soldat” in French, belongs to the Asteracea botanical family.
This herb grows naturally in meadows in the northern hemisphere, mainly in Eurasia and North America.
A medicinal plant recognized by the European Medicines Agency, it is used as an appetite stimulant, and for gastrointestinal issues with spasms and flatulence. It is cited in several European Pharmacopeias, as well as in the Indian and United States Pharmacopeia. It was used for dyeing wool in the old days.
The parts used medicinally are the flowering tops. Its main component is an essential oil containing azulenes, sesquiterpene lactones and flavonoids.