December 28, 2010
Yarrow Herb Lesson #6
Yarrow (achillea millefolium) is a multipurpose herb that I use on almost a daily bases. It is known by many common names: soldier’s woundwort, knight’s milfoil, nose bleed, milfoil, carpenter’s weed, millefolium, staunchweed and bloodwort. It is famous for being used on the battle field to stop the bleeding of wounded soldiers. Some of my favorite uses for yarrow is for fevers, scraps and cramps. A few weeks ago I made a tea with yarrow along with a few other herbs for my girls and myself when we had a fevers. My all time favorite way to use yarrow is in my Healing Garden Salve, we use it for all our scraps and minor wounds. The yarrow congels the blood and helps sooth the skin. Many people make salves with yarrow in them as a balm for their babies bottoms to sooth diaper rash. On occation I make homemade shampoo with yarrow. I also have two different tinctures that I formulated to relieve cramps and lesson the bleeding during ones menstral cycle. I hope to be sharing those both with you sometime in the near future. Shoshanna of the Bulk Herb Store has a wonderful video, Making Herbs Simple where she teaches about where to find yarrow and how to use it. Her video is very informative and fun. Be sure to do some reading on your own to learn more about this wonderful herb that God has given us!