White Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) used to be called "soldier's wound wort". Wort means a type of plant and yarrow is a wound plant. To be knowledgeable of medicinal plants was often the difference between life and death as a result of bleeding out and infection. Named for Achilles, the Greek warrior who used the plant for his wounded soldiers, it is one of the oldest medicinal plants known to man and holds its place in folk medicine as a cure all.
Common names of many herbs give a clue as to how they are to be used. Yarrow is also known as Knight's Milfoil, Herbe Militaris (the military herb), Nose Bleed Weed, Carpenter's Weed and Bloodwort. Fresh or dried, when applied to a fresh wound, the styptic properties of the crushed leaves can staunch or stop bleeding. Interesting that the leaves actually look like little saw blades.
The white plant found by the wayside is the type to look for, not the yellow garden varieties. It is a woody stemmed perennial plant with beautiful umbel flower heads and lacy green leaves. The flowers and leaves are collected and used fresh or dried as an infusion with organic, cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil. The resulting yellow-green oil contains antimicrobial, anesthetic and styptic properties which make it very useful as a blood remedy. Yarrow is known as the "great normalizer of the blood".
***Until the summer season begins and I can once again collect fresh yarrow leaves and flowers I will be making the yarrow salve with yarrow infused almond oil, which I usually use for the yarrow leg massage oil. Both oils are very good for drawing out the plant properties. I just ran out of last seasons infused yarrow olive oil***
Yarrow oil made into a salve becomes invaluable for a home first-aid kit. It is good for bruises, varicose veins, hemorrhoids and nosebleeds, all conditions where blood collects (what is called stagnant blood) and there is swelling. Yarrow can be used for the same type situations as one would use Arnica. We so often hear of Arnica to help prevent bruising and relieve the swollen bump.
Nosebleeds can be stopped by applying some salve to a tissue and insert into the nostril, being careful not to stick it up too far.
After a long day on your feet, apply Yarrow salve to those swollen ankles, have a seat and relax with your feet up.
Witch Hazel wipes are a wonderful relief for painful hemorroids. Further help things by following with an application of the Yarrow salve to help with the swelling.
Paper cuts can be painfully nasty and a nuisance until the bleeding finally ebbs. Along with the application of pressure, apply the Yarrow salve, followed with a band-aid.
Depending of its purpose, Yarrow can both start and stop bleeding. Because of this, consult your doctor before using Yarrow if you are pregnant, breast feeding, using blood thinners and/or blood pressure medications.
Any injury beyond the means of home care should be checked by your physician.
Please be aware that I am making no claims that any of these products are a cure for any medical condition. They are a result of information gathered on the benefits of various plants and home remedies. They have not been tested by the FDA therefore have no studies attached to their use, only feedback from people who have tried them. I have no way of predicting how individual cases will react to use of a particular product, so please apply to a test spot before regular use. Please read the ingredient list and be aware of known allergies.
Wild, White Yarrow Salve comes in a 2 oz. plastic jar
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