MATERIA MEDICA | Yarrow

This weekend I planted over 12 gorgeous yarrow plants at the front of the Manor and I thought this a great opportunity to update you. I am planning to use this gorgeous plant in my products but it will definitely need some growing time before it will be ready to harvest. We are planning to move to a more sustainable model of using herbs. We have always chosen wildcrafted and organic herbs, but our tiny farm has the capacity to grow quite a few varieties here that we can dry for oil infusion and use fresh as a Hydrosol.

I have been drawn to Yarrow for quite a while, I really believe in intuitive use of herbs and I think I was drawn to it because my skin was a bit of a mess and I still have digestive complaints from time to time. Yarrow is able to be used in teas, dried and infused in oils for skincare and made into a poultice and applied direct to the skin. It does have some contraindications, see below for these.

Scientific NameAchillea Millefolium

Family: Asteraceae

Medicinal Actions: Antispasmotic, Astringent, Bitter Tonic, Increases Sweating, Lowers Blood Pressure, Reduces Fever, Mild Diuretic, Stops Internal Bleeding, Promotes Menstruation - helps with heavy periods, scanty periods + spotting, Anti-inflammatory

Uses: Traditionally Yarrow was used for healing wounds, in war times it was called Nose Bleed, Soldier's Woundwort and Knight's Milfoil as it was placed on the wounds of soldiers to stop bleeding. It is also a strong uterine tonic and is therefore not recommended in pregnancy. It is known to bring on menstruation and ease period pain. For this purpose it is often taken as a tea. We also like to combine it with other herbs like Elderflower and Lemon Balm to help ease colds and flu.

In our products, Yarrow is an important addition to our Soothe Face Cleansing Bar, we use it to calm inflamed skin and assist with healing acne. We will also be using it in our soon to be Moon Balm.

Contraindications: Pregnancy - Yarrow is known as an emmenagogue it can bring on contractions. People allergic to plants from the Asteraceae family.

Use As: Tea, Tincture, Hydrosol, Essential Oil

References:Chevallier, A (2016) Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, Random House Company, London.

Chown, V and Walker, K (2017) The Handmade Apothecary, Octopus Publishing Group, London.

 

 

 

This information is intended for general information only and may not be specific for your health concern. I recommend you speak with a qualified healthcare provider for advice and treatment of specific health conditions.