Yarrow: Herbal Highlight

I am so excited to start a new feature here at Feminine Adventures, highlighting a herb each month.

Yarrow: herbal highlight
Lovely pink or white yarrow blossoms bloom as weeds in most temperate climates, and are incredibly useful “free herbs” (photo credit)

This month’s herb is widespread, beautiful, and one that I had never heard of until reading about it in one of my favorite herb books: 10 Essential Herbs.

Since then, I’ve seen yarrow referenced dozens of times. What makes this lovely wayside “weed” so special to herbalists?

Yarrow is a mildly bitter herb that cleanses the blood, builds the immune system, and stimulates OR relaxes depending on what the body needs.

It is also a potent styptic [fancy for, “it stops bleeding”] that is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and astringent, making it an excellent herb to use in green salves for healing bumps and bruises.

Yarrow Flower - Cut, Organic

Grow or wild harvest yarrow, or purchase high-quality dried yarrow from the Bulk Herb Store

I am not a doctor or a nurse. The only hospital I have ever worked at is a doll hospital. There, a band-aid can cure a heart attack. As always, please do you own research and talk to your health care provider if your condition is serious. 

Our summer has been full of late nights and exhausted mornings. I get headaches if I drink coffee very often (and don’t want to get addicted to it anyway), but I needed to do something about the morning sluggishness.

After reading in 10 Essential Herbs that yarrow makes an excellent pick-me-up tonic I decided to give it a try.

Each night, before I go to bed, I drink a small glass of yarrow tea [Since I’m lazy, I brew a big batch and keep the leftovers in the fridge to drink over ice.] Despite getting even less sleep than usual lately, I wake up with more energy than usual.

When the books say “mildly bitter” I’m not sure what they mean. This stuff is bitter. But waking up without feeling like a train had run over me is totally worth it.

Safety factors: Yarrow is normally considered safe though there are occasional cases of allergies to it. Since it stimulates the uterine muscles, it isn’t recommended during early pregnancy (though it’s often used by midwives during labor).

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