Native to Europe, Asia, and North America, yarrow is not only a beautiful flowering plant that may spruce up a lackluster garden, but its’ also a highly useful herb in natural skin care.
Yarrow is particularly beneficial in reducing inflammation; it’s effective in speeding healing, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, improving skin softness, and keeping the skin free from bacteria that can lead to breakouts.
At Zatik, we love the many functions of yarrow, the herb Achilles was rumored to have discovered. Its Latin name, Achillea Millefolium, means “thousand leaves,” which reflects its appearance—those tiny, yet beautiful clustered flowers.
Yarrow has been prized in traditional medicine for ages, valued not just for its topical benefits, but also for internal uses such as treating respiratory ailments, digestive issues, and in relieving anxiety or insomnia. The antioxidant compounds in yarrow, specifically phenolic acid, have shown the ability to ward off the flu, the common cold, diabetes, and even cancer. But always be sure to consult with your primary care physician before consuming yarrow or any herbal medicines.
According to Garik Mkrtumyan, Zatik co-founder and product formulator, yarrow has clinically shown the ability to improve the appearance of crow’s feet in just two months of use. The treatment studied contained a 2 percent yarrow extract, which, compared with placebo, showed a reduced appearance of fine lines and pore size, as well as produced a softer skin. Who wouldn’t want that?!
Yarrow is regarded as safe, with no known side effects when used topically. It’s also reportedly quite safe taken internally in measured doses, except during pregnancy and in those with bleeding disorders. Again, consulting with your primary care physician is always recommended.
But when it comes to your skin, especially if you’re beginning to notice laugh lines and crow’s feet, yarrow may be your new favorite skincare ingredient.
We combine yarrow with the smoothing benefits of argan oil in our Argan & Yarrow Sunscreen Mineral Moisturizer. So, not only are you protecting your skin from the damaging rays of the sun, but you’re working to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and get softer skin at the same time for a truly youthful, natural glow.