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Herb of the month:

Yarrow

Achillea millefolium

Last summer I was delighted to find a wonderful stand of white yarrow growing in a nearby field. During its blooming cycle I would go out at sunset and gather bags of premium Yarrow flower tops. Yarrow was one of the first herbs that I began gathering wild while living at Mt. Baldy in Southern California, so it has been a favorite plant friend for a long time.

Medicinal Value: Internally I make a tea with Yarrow flowers and drink several cups at the first sign of a cough or sore throat. I blend it with Oregano, Hyssop, and Rosehips for a Cold and Flu tea. Yarrow helps your body sweat so it is useful to break a fever.  It provides a healing action for your lungs and liver.

I make yarrow tincture and have used it as a simple tonic when I have a stomach or digestive upset. Its bitter taste also makes it soothing for sore throats. The tinctures are easy to use while traveling  by adding drops of yarrow liquid extract to water for a quick and easy "tea". It also has a history for being taken as a tea or tincture to ease menstrual cramps.

Topical Use:  The leaves are used topically to stop bleeding and heal wounds due to its ability to help blood coagulation. I add the flowers and leaves to a healing salve yarrow salves for its anti-inflammatory and blood haemostatic actions. I have used the fresh leaf when my arm was scratch from wire fencing and the bleeding stopped immediately. You can make a refreshing de-bugging rinse for hair or skin by putting 1/2 cup of yarrow flowers into a quart jar. Fill to the top with boiling water. Steep by placing a plate or cup over the jar opening for 10-20 minutes until cool enough for your skin. I like doing a yarrow rinse after an evening showe, so that I can benefit from the herbal properties all night.

Natural Insecticide: This summer I gathered Yarrow flowers, leaves, and stems to make a liquid spray that kept the aphids off my roses and hops plants. To make your own next summer from fresh yarrow, gather the yarrow, shop it up with scissors and place the plant bits into a bucket. Fill to the to with water. Let it sit and ferment a couple of days. Strain off the liquid into spray bottles. Compost the plant bits. Spray the liquid onto plants that have aphids on them and watch them leave.

For more information contact Dr. Linda Kingsbury at:

Email: drlinda@IdahoHerbs.com         Phone: 208-883-9933

Previous Herb of the month topics: Dandelion, Lemon Balm, Thyroid support, Rosemary

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updated: 6-13-2016