Essential Oils

Yarrow Oil

Derived from a “flowering plant” is an essential oil known as Yarrow oil. This oil is extracted from a flowering plant belonging to the “Achillea millefolium” species within the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil is obtained from the dried plant using the process of “steam distillation”.  Apparently, this oil can also blend with others such as Angelica, Cedar Wood, Oak Moss, and Verbana. In addition, this oil is known to possess a “sweet and pleasant” aroma, and is blue in appearance.

A. Chemical constituents of Yarrow Oil:

This oil is extracted from a “flowering plant” belonging to the “Achillea millefolium” species within the plant kingdom. In addition, this plant consists of organic compounds such as a-pinene, b-pinene, tricyclene, camphene, sabinene, y-terpinene, borneol acetate, limonene, 1,8-cineole, isoartemisia ketone, camphor, borneol and chamazulene.

B. The uses and benefits of Yarrow oil:

There are a number of benefits to using this essential oil. However, one should also consider the adverse reactions or side effects reported from its use:

1. Anti-inflammatory:

This oil when used serves as an “anti-inflammatory” by suppressing inflammation and swelling within the body.

2. Antiseptic:

This oil exhibits an “antiseptic” property when used, destroys disease causing microbes, and thereby helps in the treatment of wounds.

3. Anti-rheumatic:

This oil also serves as an “anti-rheumatic” when used by suppressing rheumatoid arthritis.

4. Carminative:

When used this oil also acts as a “carminative”, and helps in resolving gas formation i.e. flatulence issues within the GI system.

5. Expectorant:

This oil by enabling the expulsion of sputum from the air passage of the respiratory system when used, and serves as an expectorant.

C. The adverse effects of Yarrow Oil:

There are couple adverse effects that may occur on using this oil. They are as follows:

  1. This oil when used in excess may result in side effects such as headaches and skin irritation.
  2. This oil when used can be severely harmful to pregnancy, and hence pregnant women must avoid using it.

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