Yarrow - A strongly scented and versatile herb

Yarrow may not be the best looking, but it’s a must have in any herbal remedy garden.

Yarrow isn’t exactly rare, in the places it’s native to it grows so well it’s usually considered just another weed.

It has an unmistakable yet oddly indescribable scent, and it’s essential oil is used in aromatherapy to calm.

Perhaps one of the things it’s most well known for is its use as a blood coagulant, particularly in World War I.

Yellow YarrowIt comes in a variety of colors like white, red, and yellow.

Pros:

Extremely easy to keep alive.
Grows back year after year.
Low water usage.
Attracts butterflies.
Non-Toxic and even edible for humans.
At least two potential Herbal Remedies that are widely accepted as legitimate and not just “folk remedies”.

Cons:

Won’t tolerate extremely wet soil.
Toxic to Cats, Dogs, Horses and possibly other animals.

Specifications:

  • Sun: Full Sun
  • Soil: Dry, doesn’t mind low nutrient levels
  • Water: Low use
  • Height: 2-4 feet. Probably the tallest thing in your herb garden
  • Hardiness: Very Hardy
  • Containers: Rarely seen in a pot but it would probably do well

Potential uses:

Generally accepted uses:

  • Counter intuitively, it’s said that Yarrow helps to both:
    Slow bleeding by applying to wounds
    And improve blood circulation
  • Pain Relief for Painful Menstruation
    (A site with more info about this than I want to put here can be found here:
    http://natural-fertility-info.com/yarrow-fertility-herb.html)
  • In Tea or to add flavor to foods

Potentially also good for: (Though not enough evidence exists to say for sure)

  • Chew on root or leaves to remedy a toothache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Cold
  • Dysentery
  • Diarrhea
  • Gastrointestinal pain
  • Skin irritations
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Abscesses

As Medicine:

yarrow-herb-cut-pileMost of the remedies listed involve applying the leaves or flowers to the effected area with or without water or drinking Yarrow Tea depending on whether or not the issue is internal or not.

If the area is external and hard to get to or widespread a warm bath with yarrow leaves and flowers (usually dried) is commonly recommended.

If you’d like to try out either form without growing the plant both Tea and dried flower form of yarrow is available online:

Amazon.com – Yarrow Tea – 24 Bags ~$8

Amazon.com – Bulk Herbs: Yarrow Leaf and Flower 1 lb ~$7

Red Yarrow