Yarrow Flowers C/S, Organic, 1/2 lb.(YFC-2)
Yarrow is a perennial plant with flowers ranging in color from white to pale pink. It is best when used in tea or tincture form for its immune-boosting properties.
Commonly used in children’s remedies, Yarrow may help support the body to combat sickness and fevers. Yarrow contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that may help to reduce bleeding when applied topically, and is a good choice for supporting a healthy glandular system, liver, kidneys, and bladder.
Common Names: Yarrow, milfoil, millefolium, soldier’s woundwort, nose bleed, carpenter’s weed, bloodwort, staunchweed
Excerpts from The How to Herb Book
Yarrow Flower is an important herb to have in storage in your home. Yarrow Flower is unsurpassed for flu and fevers.
- Used abundantly at the beginning of a cold it will usually break it up within 24 hours.
- Especially good for fevers-produces perspiration. Opens pores and has relaxing action on skin.
- For fever must be drunk warm or take capsules with warm water or peppermint tea. Yarrow tea is bitter to the taste, but effective.
- Relieves kidney and bladder problems, infections and mucus discharge from bladder.
- Equalizes circulation.
- Healing and soothing to all mucous membranes.
- Combined with sage, it is good for profuse or irregular menstruation.
Excerpts from Practical Herbalism
Yarrow flower was formerly much esteemed as a vulnerary, and its old names of Soldier’s Wound Wort and Knight’s Milfoil testify to this. Gerard tells us it is the same plant with which Achilles stanched the bleeding wounds of his soldiers, hence the name of the genus, Achillea. By the Ancients themselves, it was called Herba Militaris, the military herb. Its ability to quickly stop nosebleeds gave it another of its popular names. The species name, millefolium, is derived from the many feathery segments of its foliage.
More recently, Dr. Christopher explained why he favored Yarrow flower.
“Yarrow, when administered hot and copiously, will raise the heat of the body, equalize the circulation, and produce perspiration. It opens the pores freely by relaxing the skin, and it purifies the blood of toxins. Yarrow regulates the liver and the secretions of the entire alimentary canal; it tones the mucous membranes of the stomach and bowels, and is healing to the glandular system. Yarrow will never weaken a patient, because of its tonic action.”
Excerpts from Nutritional Herbology
Yarrow flower has been extensively used since Achilles’ time to stanch bleeding in battle wounds and has earned the folk names, soldier’s woundwart, knight milfoil, staunchweed, and herbe militaris. It has also been used in civilian life for internal and external bleeding of all kinds: wounds, sores, rashes, and bleeding piles. The use of this herb in Western and Chinese folk medicine has been with respect to four activities: 1) astringency of the tannins, 2) irritant action of the volatile oils, 3) the antispasmodic effects of the flavonoids and 4) the hypotensive effects of the alkaloids. Yarrow is used as a tonic, carminative, febrifuge, antispasmodic, astringent, and hemostat.
The volatile oils are responsible for the carminative, febrifuge, expectorant, diuretic and antibiotic properties of yarrow. The method of action being stimulus of mucous membrane and bactericidal.
Contains aromatic compounds that shrink inflamed tissues and promote sweating. It also contains bitter compounds that relieve smooth muscle spasms, reduce blood pressure and stop bleeding.
Excerpts from The ABC Herbal
Yarrow flower has been used to help fevers and colds. The plant contains a volatile oil, similar in composition to chamomile oil, which has been medically documented to be a very effective anti-inflammatory agent. By itself, yarrow tastes bitter, but the addition of peppermint masks this disagreeable flavor.
No More Tears Healing Herban Salve
Infused oils are so much fun and can be very healing too! You can use it as a massage oil or make it into a salve.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED ~ To Infuse Herbal Oil
- Calendula Flower
- Comfrey leaf
- Plantain leaf
- Echinacea herb
- Yarrow flowers
- Coconut oil, melted
HOW TO MAKE IT...
- Fill a glass jar 1/3 of the way full with equal parts of each herb.
- Fill jar to within 1 inch from top with coconut oil. Place lid on jar.
- Set jar on top of a towel in a crockpot filled with water, on the warm setting for 3 days (turn off heat for a while if it gets to boiling). Watch water level and be very careful not to pour cool water on a hot jar, as this can cause it to explode.
- After 3 days, remove the jar from heat, let cool, and strain off herbs, saving the oil. Now you have an Herbal Infused Oil!
Making your own healing salve can be an exciting kitchen project that is both rewarding and useful. You can also pour it in a pretty jar and tie a ribbon around it to give away as a gift!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED ~ To Make No More Tears Healing Herban Salve
- 1 cup infused oil
- 5 tablespoons Beeswax
- 9 drops grapefruit seed extract
HOW TO MAKE IT...
- Heat oil in double broiler until hot. Add bees wax and stir.
- After wax is melted, remove from heat and add grapefruit seed extract.
- Pour into a glass jar, or metal tin. Label and store in a cool dry place. You can decorate with dried herbs and ribbon to give away as a gift!
Shoshanna's Honey Tincture
Are you or your kids needing an immune boost over the "flu season"? Try this delicious honey tincture to help you and your loved ones stay healthy and happy!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
HOW TO MAKE IT...
- Pour all herbs in a glass pint jar and cover with honey. If honey is stiff, warm until easily poured and fill 1/2 inch from the top. Cap jar and place on top of a towel or rag in a medium sized pot.
- Fill the pot with water to right below the rim of the lid on the glass jar, and turn the stove on the lowest setting (warm, not boiling). Heat for three days, occasionally adding more water to the pot (NEVER pour cold water on a hot glass jar, as it will crack or explode).
- After three days remove honey tincture and set aside to cool. Strain off the herbs with a cheese cloth. Label and store in a wide mouth jar for easy access.
FDA Warning: Do not feed honey to infants under one year of age.
Winter Herbal Tincture Recipe
This winter, be armed and ready to fight with this powerful combination of herbs to help keep you and your family healthy and strong as you make your way through the cold winter months.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- 1/4 cup Olive Leaf
- 1/4 cup Echinacea Root
- 1/4 cup Echinacea Herb
- 1/4 cup Garlic Minced
- 1/2 cup Elderberries
- 1/2 cup Yarrow flowers
- 1/4 cup Astragalus Root
- 1/4 cup Rose Hips
HOW TO MAKE IT...
- Mix all herbs together and fill a glass jar 1/3 full.
- Follow instructions on how to make an alcohol tincture or a glycerin tincture on our How To page.