Extraction: Steam distillation
Parts Used: Leaves and Flowers
About the Plant: Yarrow is a small herb of the daisy family. It has white tufts of tiny white to pink daisy-like flowers atop a woody stem, lined with many leaves resembling feathery lace. Yarrow bears the Latin name millefolium, meaning a thousand leaves, also named for the great hero Achilles. Yarrow’s botanical name Achillea refers to the ancient Greek hero Achilles who during the Trojan War, legend says, used yarrow to treat his and his soldier’s wounds. Also called Carpenter's Weed and Staunchweed. Yarrow is one the world's oldest medicinal plants and has been used since ancient times. It is uniquely gifted in helping just about anything and everything that could ail one's mind, body and soul.
Mental/ Emotional: Yarrow helps to clarify boundaries between people, particularly useful for those who are highly sensitive or easily influenced and depleted by others and their environment. It is for those who easily absorb negative influences, and may be prone to allergies and environmental illness. As a result it’s wonderful for healers, counsellors, doctors. Yarrow shows us what we need to heal and change in ourselves while gently brings about balance and stability. It is great to use during major life changes as it enables us to feel supported, adapt and adjust. Helps us to calm down when we feel attacked.
Physical: Yarrow can assist with almost every system in the body and is used for many different ailments, including colds and flu, cramps, fevers, digestive complaints and disorders, nose bleeds –any hemorrhaging for that matter— skin irritations and infections, to regulate the menses, to stimulate the flow of bile due to its bitterness, and is an excellent blood purifier. When it comes to wound healing, yarrow has a long-standing and famous history of being used to cleanse wounds and help control the bleeding of lacerations, puncture wounds, and abrasions and helps in repairing damaged tissue. When used internally, yarrow’s bitterness increases digestion as well as the absorption of nutrients by the body. It stops diarrhoea. In addition, her antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties help to heal infections and swollen organs, like in cases of food poisoning and gastritis. It invigorates the liver and helps it release bile while the antispasmodic gifts help in relieving cramps arising out of tensions, wind, colic, or nervous digestion. Heals varicose veins and tired feet. Yarrow is also beneficial in removing heat and toxins from the system through increased perspiration. Removes toxins out of the body via sweating, which helps the body to break fevers while the antiviral and antibacterial actions support systemic recovery. Yarrow contains sterols, which have actions similar to hormones, and aid in balancing the menstrual cycle.
Spiritual: The name yarrow is apparently derived from hieros, which means sacred, because of the plant’s association with ceremonial magic. Yarrow was thought to be richly endowed with spiritual properties, so it was preserved in temples and treated with special reverence. It was used as an amulet, a charm to protect against negative energy and evil, capable of overcoming the forces of darkness and being a conductor of benevolent powers. It was also believed to be a love charm and to be ruled by the planet Venus. Ideal for chakra balancing and clearing the Third Eye. Perfectly balances our Yin and Yang energy. Blocks bad vibes or if we are feeling over-sensitive to everyone around us; or feeling the victim of what are called “energy vampires.” Yarrow can help protect against negative outside influences and provide protection. It also helps protect from EMFs and other electromagnetic frequencies from radio, computers or TVs.
INSTRUCTIONS : Always use essential oils with carrier oils when applying on the body. Mix in 2-3 drops of essential oil with 15 drops of carrier oil. Keep away from direct sunlight. Store in a cool, dark place.
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