May 10, 2017


(Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow is often used internally to treat excessive bleeding, indigestion, and diarrhoea amongst other ailments, and externally to help heal minor cuts and scrapes. Yarrow is also used in cosmetics to treat oily skin and as a cleanser. It is a flowering plant in the Asteraceae (aster, daisy, or sunflower) family and is native to temperate regions of Asia, Europe, and North America. Its name is derived from the Greek hero Achilles as he supposedly used it to heal soldier’s wounds during the Trojan War. It is also known as: blood wort, carpenter’s weed, knight’s milfoil, old man’s pepper, nosebleed, and staunch grass.  


  • Reduces fevers by inducing sweating
  • Has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Aids with diarrhoea, indigestion, flatulence, and dyspepsia by getting the bile and pancreatic juices required for digestion flowing
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Treats colds and the flu
  • Lessens menstrual bleeding
  • Relieves tooth aches
  • Acts as a decongestant to clear up coughs and sinus infections
  • Treats skin conditions such as eczema
  • Alleviates allergies
  • Prevents haemorrhaging and treats varicose veins by toning blood vessels and dilating capi

February 26, 2016

Varying from an irritating minor annoyance to a more serious long-term problem, urinary-tract and vaginal infections are among the most common ailments affecting women.  There is plenty you can do to compliment any treatment prescribed by your doctor, ensure a rapid recovery and prevent a recurrence.

  • See your doctor If you suspect a urinary-tract infection, see your doctor.  Untreated infections can spread further up the urinary tract to the kidneys, leading to a more serious problem.  If an infection is confirmed, you’ll probably be given antibiotics, which usually produce rapid and effective relief.


  • Flush out the problem Increasing your fluid intake dilutes urine and helps to flush out bacteria.  Aim to drink six to eight glasses of fluid a day.


  • Urinate after sex In women especially, bacteria may enter the urethra during sex.  Passing urine immediately afterwards helps to flush them out.  Some women find that using a diaphragm or spermicidal gel promotes infection.  If so, it may help to change your method of contraception.  Unlubricated condoms or those impregnated with a spermicide can also cause problems – use the lubricated type wi