Yarrow

Yarrow is not only beautiful, but the leaves and flowers of this plant can be used for it’s medicinal benefits. The leaves may even be tossed in a salad to give it a nice sweet, but slightly bitter flavor! On my trip to Flagstaff, Arizona while hiking in the mountains- I cannot tell you how many of these I saw just growing freely everywhere. For a survivalist, this is a good plant to become acquainted with as it has huge benefits out in the wild if you are suffering from a wound or cut or if you become sick.  Yarrow can be used as an antibiotic, astringent, or diuretic. Yarrow is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and an antispasmodic. It is also considered a mild sedative.

Yarrow Benefits:

  • treats external skin wounds by aiding in the healing of infections
  • helps improve cardiovascular conditions by regulating blood pressure
  • improves appetite
  • purifies the blood
  • regulates menstrual cycle
  • repairs damaged or worn out body tissues due to the presence of silica
  • removes heat and toxins from the body by increasing perspriration
  • stimulates the flow of bile
  • stimulates the circulatory system
  • treats allergies such as hay fever
  • treats respiratory and chest congestions
  • treats colds and the common flu by providing relief from coughs and fever
  • alleviates diarrhea, dysentery, and enteritis
  • alleviates gastritis, stomach ulcers, and other gastrointestinal disorders
  • alleviates intestinal bleeding
  • heals hemorrhoids and varicose veins
  • regulates high blood pressure
  • as a digestive aid, it relieves intestinal issues like colic, cramps, flatulence
  • treats whooping cough
  • provides relief from sore throat and anxiety
  • stops nosebleeds

Most people that take anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin) or pain-killers (ibuprofen) find themselves in a predicament where they are experiencing constipation, develop gastritis, stomach ulcers, or some other gastrointestinal disorder. Yarrow is an excellent herb to help heal naturally from these and help the intestinal wall heal.

Contains: Eugenol, Menthol, Azulene, Cineole, Limonene, Camphor, Chamazulene, Tannins, Sugars, Sterols, Flavonoids, Thujone (mild hypnotic similar to marijuana), Matricine, Alpha-pinene, Terpineol, Esters, Alkaloids, Inuline, Coumarins, Saponines, Potassium, Vitamin C & K, Glycosides

Cautions: Pregnant women should not use. You may find your skin will become more sensitive to light.

Directions on How to Use Yarrow

As a poultice: grind up fresh or dried yarrow (about a cup fresh and 1/2 cup dried) and apply to skin to heal burns, cuts, ulcers, wounds, or help with swelling. A tea infusion can also be applied to the skin.

Chew on leaves to reduce pain from toothaches.

How to make a tea: 1-2 tsp per 1 cup boiling water. Steep 10-15 minutes. Drink 3-4 cups a day. Limit to 7-10 days continued use followed by occasional use afterwards (skip 5-7 days in between). Children – use half the adult dose so 1/2-1 tsp per 1 cup boiling water. Infants – 1/4 tsp per 1 cup boiling water. Toddlers (around 50 lbs) – appropriate dose would be 1/3 of the adult dose.

Yarrow tea can be poured into a bath to treat varicose veins, hemorrhoids, or swollen feet.

How to make a sitz bath: 3-4 oz of dried yarrow per 5 gallons of water