A thousand leaves, scientific name achillea millefolium , is a plant that has small leaves divided into several segments and an odor similar to camphor. Belonging to the asteraceae family and originating in Europe, this plant is cultivated in almost all of the Brazilian territory and can be known by several other names, such as aquileia, carpenter’s herb, carreteiro’s herb, a thousand raw, a thousand puff pastry, ladies’ delight and others.According to Greek mythology, Achilles – except for his heel – was dipped in this plant to strengthen himself and become powerful. Due to its medicinal properties, tea prepared with the thousand leaves can be used to prevent and treat various diseases.

Plant properties thousand leaves

The medicinal and herbal properties of thousand leaves include its analgesic, astringent, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiseptic, antipyretic, antimicrobial, diuretic, digestive, stimulating, tonic and aromatic action.

Benefits and indications for use

Due to its ability to act as a natural analgesic, the tea extracted from the leaves and flowers of the thousand flower plant can be used as an alternative in the treatment of menstrual cramps, in addition to alleviating headaches, stomachaches and toothaches. This plant is also able to calm uterine contractions and regulate menstrual cycles.

Due to its stimulant property, thousand leaf tea is also useful for individuals who need to combat lack of appetite.

The plant’s expectorant action helps relieve classic cold and flu symptoms, such as mucus in the lungs and coughs. With a diuretic effect, thousand-leaf tea acts against fluid retention, eliminating body swelling.

A thousand leaves is also a natural remedy to treat acne, pimples and skin conditions in general; reduces and cures diarrhea; improves blood circulation; detoxifies the body; assists in the treatment of gastritis; treats anal problems such as hemorrhoids and flatulence; and relieves heartburn and poor digestion.

How to prepare thousand-leaf tea?

To enjoy the benefits provided by the tea of ​​the thousand leaves plant, just follow this procedure: Place 15 grams of dried leaves in a 1 liter of boiling water, smother the container and wait for a period of 10 minutes. When the drink is lukewarm, strain it before drinking.

The indication for consumption is two cups of this tea a day.

Contraindications and side effects

The thousand leaves plant is contraindicated for pregnant and lactating women, as its properties can harm the fetus or newborn. In cases where the plant or its extract is applied directly to the skin, it is recommended that the contact of the affected area with the sun is avoided.

Using this plant for long periods or in excessive amounts can cause allergies, headaches, dermatitis and general malaise. A thousand leaves can also interfere with the result of hypertensive, hypotensive and anticoagulant treatments.

Remember that any treatment, including that carried out with natural medicine, must be accompanied by a specialist.