DIY Homemade Yarrow Tea and Yarrow Oil

From being the greatest weapon of Achilles, who was an excellent student of the healing arts, to being used to ward off the devil in dubious church rituals, the number of uses that yarrow has seen boggles the mind.

Apart from its blood-staunching and sweat-inducing properties, yarrow was celebrated among tribes for a number of things:

The flower heads of yarrow served as deodorant for the armpits of the Flathead Indians of Montana while the Okanagon people used it as mosquito repellent by placing it over hot coal in order to make a kind of smudge. You can try making some simple remedies yourself.

Yarrow Oil

Containing a chemical called proazulenes, this dark blue essential oil is extremely easy to apply and can be massaged over varicose veins or hemorrhoids in combination with Agrimoni oil or used as chest rubs for cold and influenza.

What you will need:

  • Fresh or dried yarrow leaves and flowering tops
  • Olive oil (3 ounces of yarrow per pint volume)
  • Wide-mouthed jar
  • Water

Instructions for making and using your yarrow oil:

  • Make sure the yarrow is free of insects and pests. You can do this by leaving it out in the sun for an hour or two.
  • Stuff the herb into the jar, then douse with a generous amount of olive oil. Close the lid once the jar is filed with oil.
  • Stir every four hours on the first day and continue this daily regime for just up to a month.
  • Keep the temperature conditions at 105-110 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • It is advisable to compensate for water content if fresh herb is used. Once all the oil seeps out, use it to your heart’s content.


Yarrow Tea

One of the best ways to reap the benefits of the herb is to consume it in tea form.

The best use of yarrow tea is as a cold-fighting remedy or preventative due to the presence of substances like achillin and balchanolide, which are believed to boost the immune system. Its oil also contains antimicrobial agents.

What you will need:

  • 1 cup of yarrow
  • 6 cups of water
  • A pot
  • A strainer
  • Lemon (optional)
  • Raw honey (optional)

Instructions for making your yarrow tea:

  • Boil a pot full of water until bug bubbles rapidly form and burst.
  • Add in yarrow.
  • Let it steep for over 5 minutes. You want your yarrow tea to take on a nice honey-toned color.
  • Place a strainer over a cup and pour the tea in order to filter out the leaves.
  • Let it cool for a few minutes.
  • Add lemon and/or honey to your liking.

Whether to splash some color into a monotonously green garden or to use as remedy for cold, fevers or chest pains, yarrow with its many names and colors is a plant worth having around the house.

You never know when you might be in dire need of herbal gauze for open wounds!

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