The leaves and flowers of Yarrow are used to make remedies. Yarrow is used for fever, common cold, hay fever, to improve menstruation, to stop dysentery, diarrhea, to improve appetite, to assist gastrointestinal (GI) tract discomfort, and to induce sweating. It stops bleeding externally and internally. When you get a wound, it helps form a scab. The powdered dry herb or the fresh herb poultice stops bleeding from deep cuts and wounds almost immediately. Yarrow’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties make it a perfect first aid remedy. A yarrow tea bath or topical application with the ointment or oil can be useful for rheumatic joints and varicose veins. Some people chew the fresh leaves to relieve toothache.
Edible parts: Leaves and Flowers (Aerial parts). Although the leaves are bitter, they can be eaten raw or cooked; young leaves mixed in with a salad are used. Yarrow leaves are also used as a hop-substitute for flavoring and as a preservative for beer.
- 2 teaspoons Yarrow Flowers and leaves dried or fresh
- 2 cups boiling water
- Honey to taste
- Put the Yarrow her into a teapot with 2 cups of boiling water
- Let steep for 5 minutes
- Add honey to taste
Yarrow Insecticide Spray
- Gather the wild white yarrow growing in the fields or order the dried cut yarrow (not powder)
- Use a dark glass bottle or canning jar
- Only wash the root. Because this is not going to be ingested we use the whole plant.
- Chop the whole plant into small pieces and tightly pack a glass jar, leave some room on top.
- Fill the jar with vodka or white vinegar
- Label the jar with contents and date
- Store in shade and shake daily for about 4-6 weeks
- Top up the vodka or vinegar if needed
- Strain and put into a spray bottle for daily use. This works better than Deet to kill insects and its natural