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Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Sweet Yarrow, oh how I do love thee.

Yarrow grows in abundance at Go For Wellness Herb Farm. And we use it to make both Tinctures, Oil and salve.

Yarrow Tincture: (Yarrow tops infused in 100% Alcohol)

  • Use as a natural and effective insect repellent. A US Army study showed Yarrow Tincture to be more effective than DEET in repelling ticks, mosquitos and sand flies, however, it does not last as long as DEET. But if you want a more natural product to keep insects away, then Yarrow is an excellent choice. It will need to be applied regularly and so it is good to keep it in a handy spray bottle (either glass or PET plastic container is good). Apply every half hour or hour, depending on the environment one is in.
  • Sore throat: Yarrow tincture can help short circuit a sore throat. Just spray some into the throat area.
  • Pain relief: Spray Yarrow tincture on pain area to help relieve pain.
  • Toothache: Yarrow sprayed directly on throbbing tooth pain can result in instant pain relief.
  • Tired feet: Spray on tired feet to sooth, comfort and refresh them.
  • Acne: Yarrow Tincture sprayed on the face and back will kill the bacteria that causes Acne.
  • Cold and Flu prevention: 10 -20 drops taken daily as needed to ward off cold and flu symptoms or to prevent an infection during or when exposed to cold and flu infections. Also effective for fevers and headaches with fevers. Yarrow has been known to be effective in killing all manner of bacteria, including strep and staph. Highly effective as a cold preventative.
  • Mouthwash: Used as a mouthwash, Yarrow tincture will help stop bleeding gums, will help tighten gums and fight bacteria.
  • Bleeding: Interesting to note here that Yarrow can promote or stop bleeding.
  • Wound healing: Yarrow tincture can be used to heal wounds (clean wounds only as it will knit up a wound quickly) and counter infection. It regulates the flow of blood to and from the surface, in and out of the capillaries and venules, thickening and thinning.  Through this it cures all manner of wounds, bruises, hemorrhaging, and clotting. Like magic!
  • Gall Bladder: Yarrow tincture is useful as a stimulant for the flow of bile, as an anti-inflammatory agent, and as an efficient, long-term liver and gall bladder tonic.
  • Bladder support: Yarrow not only destroys infective bacteria in the bladder, it strengthens the bladder wall, so repeat infections are less likely, and it doesn’t promote vaginal yeast, as antibiotics do.  Expect relief from pain in minutes, lessening of fever in hours, and complete remission of bladder infections in a couple of days when using a dropperful of the tincture hourly.  To kill all the bacteria in your bladder, it is important to take Yarrow tincture 4-6 times a day for 7-10 days.
  • Counter incontinence, and heal interstitial cystitis ulcers, the dose is up to a dropperful of tincture or a cup of tea daily. “Blood in your urine?  Reach for Yarrow.”

Yarrow Oil: (Yarrow tops infused in Olive Oil)

Infused oils involve the use of an oil to extract the herbs from the plant, and are used for application to the skin.

  • Wound Healer: Yarrow is an excellent wound healer. Helps stop bleeding (or increase it if that is necessary) and knits up wounds quickly. Because of this, use it on clean wounds only, a wound that is not clean would benefit more from Plantain because it will help expel the foreign matter. Yarrow is a blood remedy and stop and start bleeding.
  • Nose bleeds: Will help stop a nose bleed. Put oil or salve on a tissue and place safely in the nostril.
  • Bruises, hemorrhoids, varicose veins and other stagnant blood situations: Rub oil or salve onto the area to reduce swelling and increase blood flow. Yarrow is an excellent normalizer of the blood.
  • Pain relief from arthritis and rheumatism: Due to it’s anti-inflammatory action. It also helps prevent uric acid from accumulating in the joints and muscles.
  • Digestive problems like cramps, indigestion, constipation, colic and flatulence can be relieved by yarrow oil.

Cautions: “Certain people may be allergic to Yarrow; a few others might get a case of contact dermatitis from it.  The herb contains trace amounts of thujone, a phytochemical that, in sufficient amounts, can trigger uterine contractions.  For this reason, pregnant women might wish to avoid Yarrow. Excessive doses could interfere with or enhance the actions of sedatives, diuretics, blood pressure drugs, and blood thinners.”

Disclaimer: The Information here is entirely for educational purposes only. This information is not intended as a prescription, prognosis, or diagnosis of any diseases or illness, and should not be used as a replacement for any medical treatment you may currently be undergoing. Application of the information provided without the supervision of a licensed medical professional is done so at the individual's own risk.