Tips for using yarrow in herbal medicine and home remedies

Yarrow is a common plant with very useful properties. When applied to a fresh wound, yarrow causes blood to stop flowing and start clotting. A dab of dried, powdered yarrow leaf is better than toilet paper for shaving nicks. Keep a little in the bathroom and apply with cotton swabs when needed. Yarrow has been known to save lives in emergency hunting accidents and other traumatic situations. When taken internally, yarrow promotes a healthy circulatory system and is a tonic for the nerves.

Yarrow has many uses in herbal medicine.
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Yarrow works quickly to stop bleeding from shaving nicks. Powdered yarrow should be in every man's bathroom.


Yarrow nourishes the urinary tract and digestive system.

The herb is very astringent. Yarrow promotes sweating, relaxes peripheral blood vessels, lowers blood pressure, restores menstrual periods, treats varicose veins, improves nutrient absorption, opens sweat glands, conditions the scalp, and tones the skin. It stops nose bleeds, helps reduce fever, cools hot flashes, and helps heal bladder infections.

Use yarrow internally and externally.

Yarrow may be used externally as a poultice, compress, or wash. It may be taken internally as a tea, tincture, or capsule. Use yarrow infusion in the bath to lessen menstrual cramps.

Yarrow is also distilled into an essential oil.

The essential oil of yarrow is anti-inflammatory (soothes inflammation), anti-allergenic (reduces reactions), and anti-spasmodic (relaxes cramps). Yarrow essential oil is often used in aromatherapy and massage. It is a rare dark blue in color (most essential oils are clear, yellow or gold).

Yarrow essential oil is an excellent addition to chest rubs.

Combine with eucalyptus, peppermint, hyssop, and rosemary essential oils for best results. Use often to sooth congestion, sore throat, and coughs. (This mix also helps stop pain from sore muscles and joints.)

Yarrow rubs and ointments are easy to make at home.

Mix a small piece of beeswax (about a teaspoon) with a quarter cup of olive oil. Heat in double boiler or in microwave until wax is melted (caution - oil will be hot). Watch carefully and stir often. Remove and keep stirring while cooling. Right when ointment starts sticking to spoon, add a couple drops of yarrow essential oil. Stir gently and use immediately or store in a tightly sealed container.

Yarrow flowers are rich in anti-allergenic compounds.

The flowers are used for mucus problems, including hay fever, colds and flu. Flowers should be harvested in late summer and early fall. Dry for winter use and store in a cool, dark place.

Yarrow grows wild in the North Georgia Mountains.

Yarrow is found in pastures, meadows, and along the roadways. Yarrow plants are downy, aromatic, and produce flat-headed white, beige, or pinkish flowers. Yarrow is a perennial that grows from eighteen inches to five foot tall. The plant is hardy and prefers well drained soil with full sun. Propagate by division.

* Always discard any herbal product if mold appears. Yarrow essential oil should be mixed with carrier oil before coming in contact with skin. Do not use yarrow during pregnancy. In rare instances, handling yarrow flowers and plants can cause skin rash. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or using any other medicine.

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