Benefits of yarrow for endometriosis

Yarrow has various health benefits to help with endometriosis as well as helping other health issues.

Benefits of yarrow for endometriosis

Yarrow is perennial herb found on roadsides and in meadows of Europe and America. The flower has been used for centuries to help treat a wide variety of health conditions ranging from insomnia to menstrual pains.


Yarrow tea has traditionally been used to ease menstrual cramps. It helps by relaxing smooth muscles in your uterus.  It’s a good idea to start drinking this tea a couple of days before your periods begin - about 3 to 4 cups of tea a day should help.


Yarrow also has a long established use as a sleeping aid.  Yarrow extract has sedative as well as anti-anxiety effects. Yarrow contains a mild hypnotic ingredient called thujone, which has a similar effect to that of marijuana which provides a calming effect.  A cup of yarrow tea in the evening will help you relax and assist with sleep.


Another common problem that a cup of yarrow tea can help is indigestion. According to research, compounds found in yarrow can increase bile flow and promote pancreatic juices to flow, and bile helps break down fat and improve digestion. If your liver is sluggish then yarrow will help improve its function and protect the liver from damage.  

Benefits of yarrow for the symptoms of endometriosis

Health benefits of yarrow:

  • It has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body
  • Yarrow is said to help stimulate progesterone 
  • Helps with anxiety and insomnia and also aids in liver detoxification
  • Yarrow stimulates the uterus to bring on menstruation, but also curbs heavy menstrual flow
  • Helpful for issues involving pelvic congestion such as PCOS, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and fibroids
  • Traditional use as a sleep aid
  • Aids with digestion and helps increase bile flow
  • It is a natural diuretic and helps reduce excess fluid from the body
  • Can help with haemorrhoids
  • Rich in anti-oxidants
  • Promotes wound healing

Yarrow can be used in the following ways:

  • Tea
  • Herbal capsules
  • Tincture
  • Essential oil

You can buy yarrow in various forms from online sources like Amazon and online herbal websites.  It may be advised to start with yarrow tea at first to see how you react to it, taking it 2/3 times a day.



Yarrow tea should only be consumed for up to 7-10 days in succession, and then skipped for a few days. Yarrow tea should not be consumed by pregnant women as it relaxes the smooth muscles of the uterus and may induce miscarriage. Yarrow may cause photo-sensitivity.

Also, should not be used if you are on a prescription sedative or anxiety medication or if you are taking medication for high blood pressure or heart disease.  Yarrow should not be taken when using Tylenol as it has an adverse effect on the liver.

There are many other herbs and supplements that can help with symptoms of endometriosis – you can find a comprehensive list HERE

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About the Author

My name is Carolyn Levett, the Founder of endo-resolved - I am an Integrative Health Coach having studied nutrition, naturopathy, aromatherapy  as well as being a published author. I used to suffer from severe endometriosis and was able to regained my health and heal from the disease with the support of nutrition and natural therapies.

My motivation is to help other women with endometriosis to heal their bodies so they may overcome this awful disease without having to rely on toxic drugs and surgeries which can cause further damage  -  with healing thoughts, Carolyn.


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