Yarrow

by Regan Schwartz

Achillea millefolium 

Energetics: warm/cool, dry, tonifying

Actions: stimulant, diffusive, astringent, styptic, hepatic, stimulating diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, anodyne, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory

I absolutely adore yarrow - it is a staple in my garden and you can find it drying in my workshop all summer and fall long.  I love running my hands through those feathery fronds and spicy flowers!

Yarrow is an ancient healer, whose affinity for our circulatory and digestive systems make her a great garden ally.  I love working with yarrow in tea, tincture, oil, and salve.  Yarrow is an excellent partner for rebalancing and it can help your body manage all sorts of ailments - famously fevers and varicosities!  With astringent and antimicrobial properties, yarrow shows up as an integral component in my clarifying facial oil.  I’m forever grateful for its partnership!

As someone who struggles with boundaries, I began my relationship with yarrow from an emotional perspective.  Yarrow’s innate intelligence and its balancing and protective elements are often just what the garden witch ordered.  I often carry a sprig on my person when I need emotional fortification.

How does yarrow show up in your life?  In your ornamental borders? Your first aid kit? Both? 💚