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Yarrow, Back to Nature!
I constantly tell people “never stop learning”! And, I have to tell you, since I have started this new adventure, I never dreamed I would discover and learn so much about what Mother Nature has already provided for us. Or for that matter, become so enlightened by the experience. Everyday, I find myself more and more inclined to learn about all the things Mother Nature has always provided. So, hang around and let me tell you a little about the plant, Yarrow, another one of nature’s miracles!
A long time ago…..
- Yarrow was used to stop blood loss from wounds.
- It was also used to ward off various insects.
- And, it was used in a divination ritual in Ancient China known as the “I Ching“.
- Yarrow attracts bees and butterflies.
- It improves the soil composition wherever it grows.
- And finally, it can be found throughout the northern hemisphere along roadsides, grasslands, and many backyards, including mine. (The pictures below are from my yard!)
In Your Garden
- It can be used to improve you soil by planting it where nothing else will grow. It is very hardy and will thrive even when neglected.
- Yarrow is a great compost activator, just add it to you compost piles. And as a bonus, it will increase the nutrient value of you compost.
- Furthermore, it is a good companion plant to just about any vegetable because it keeps away aphids and improves the health of ailing plants.
Medicinal Uses of Yarrow:
*Note: Only white and pink yarrow can be used medicinally.
- If you get cut crush a yarrow leaf and it will stop the bleeding and ease the sting of the cut.
- An external tincture or poultice will help relieve symptoms of hemorrhoids, rashes and broken skin.
- Allergy symptoms can be relieved by drinking yarrow and mint tea.
- Adding yarrow to skin lotions, oils or salves helps with dry skin and eczema.
- Taken internally yarrow can treat colds, fevers and relieve indigestion.
- Also when taken internally, it can relieve cramps associated with hormones and illness.
Yarrow for Children
- Helps reduce fevers naturally
- Shortens the duration of cold and flu
- Improve rest and relaxation during illness
*Note: Do not use during pregnancy.
Tinctures, Poultices, and Teas
To make a tincture:
Harvest enough Yarrow to fill a quart jar, use newly opened flower heads and the leaves. Let them wilt for a few days, then place all the flowers and leaves into the jar and cover the herb with either vodka or brandy. Cap and label it, and put it up in a cabinet for six weeks. Any time after that you can strain and bottle.
The tincture can be used for colds, fevers, upset stomach, and sinusitis.
To make a poultice:
Using a pestle and mortar, mash down the yarrow with a little water and honey or blend it down and apply directly to the site. Additionally, you can make a spit poultice by chewing the yarrow down and applying directly to the site.
Use a poultice on cuts, wounds, rashes, and hemorrhoids.
To make tea:
For each cup of tea use two fresh yarrow leaves. Pour the boiling water over the leaves and let steep for 10 minutes. Then, if needed, add honey to sweeten and/or a slice of lemon.
Drink the tea for cramps, indigestion, and in reducing fevers.
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*Note: Always consult a physician, herbalist, or another health care professional before using this or any other herb for medicinal purposes.
Other uses for yarrow
- It can be added to soaps, lotions and salves.
- It can be used as a hop substitute for flavoring and preserving beer.
- And it can be mixed and eaten in salads.
There you have it! The multiple uses for yarrow. I hope you found this information as educational and useful as I did. Thanks for dropping in!
Have you used Yarrow? What did you use it for? Was this information helpful? Drop me a line and tell me what you think.