Yarrow is a beautifully blooming plant that comes in many varieties of colors. The yellow, orange, soft pink, white, and even a mix of purple and white. The herb can be seen growing along almost any path in Switzerland, and it grows quite hearty during the initial days of summer. Turns out, this plant is a “go to” herb for many herbalists. It has powers to help in just about every ailment.
From hard to heal wounds and sores, rashes, bladder infection, fevers, congestion, sleeplessness, the list goes on and on. Yarrow is effective in both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory conditions. This herb has been used throughout the world for over 100,000 years. In ancient times soldiers used yarrow during war for injuries both due to it’s antiseptic properties and blood properties for clotting and healing. Native American’s would chew on the stock to aid in digestion, and would also grind the stock to make poultice for wounds. Again, Yarrow is great for clotting blood, treating wounds, treating colds, influenza, and so much more.
Tea’s, tincutre’s, and poultices seem to be the standard on this herb. Teas are made simply with hot water and steeping for 10 min. A poultice is made ahead of time, and the herb is doused in alcohol (such as vodka), stored in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks, then used in drop form. The poultice is the dried fine matter combined with a cream, oil, or clay which is applied direct to skin or wound. There’s a lot of information out there on this herb. Find a respectable herbalist such as Matthew Woods and read up.
The moral of my story: Herbs are indispensable. Don’t just walk by them, but learn about them. They were put here to help.