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Achillea Millefolium for a Common Cold

Known more commonly by the name yarrow, achillea millefolium can often be found in temperate areas  across the Northern Hemisphere. Between the months of April and August, these plants will blossom with broad bunches of small white, pink or yellow flowers, depending on the variety. These blossoms give of a sweet, pleasant fragrance. In spite of their beauty, these plants are rarely used as decorative plants because of their ability to spread rapidly, and in some places, yarrow is even regarded as a weed. However, yarrow is still regarded for its medicinal purposes, and its flowers, leaves and roots may be used to create poultices, tinctures and herbal teas.

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The Dangers of A Cold

Every year, the average adult will contract a cold two to four times, especially during the months between late fall and early spring. Children, who have less of an immunity, are likely to have an even higher rate of infection. The highly contagious nature of a cold causes it to spread quickly, particularly as it is still contagious even before any symptoms have begun to show. A cold by itself is not serious, causing mild to moderate symptoms, and the infection is typically eliminated within a few days to a few weeks, depending on its severity. However, complications of a cold can open the way to more serious infections, such as a sinus infection with a persistent cough. It may also worsen conditions for those with asthma, bronchitis or emphysema.

How Achillea Millefolium Tea Eases Cold Symptoms

Various benefits of achillea millefolium tea make it an excellent choice for cold symptom relief. It offers a decongestant effect that can alleviate the buildup of phlegm. This helps to clear the throat and may reduce a persistent cough. The warmth of the tea also helps to soothe the throat, which is often sore and inflamed from coughing. Achillea millefolium also contains numerous natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties, which work with the immune system to eliminate the infection more quickly. This tea also acts as a diaphoretic, a substance that induces sweating. This could help to alleviate a fever.