How to use yarrow

Yarrow, another roadside herb that has come to have a place in our herbal stash. When I saw that yarrow was a common weed, I went on a hunt to find some in my yard. I didn’t have any! How disappointing. But, I was determined to find it so I loaded the kids in the stroller and went for a walk. Phew. Not even a quarter mile up the road I found some.

How to use yarrow

Yarrow is tall plant, that has feathery green leaves and pretty little white flowers.

You’ll want to make sure you rinse your yarrow well, I have found it to be a favorite for little bugs. Yuck. So, I make sure I wash it  and let it dry on towels over night so the critters have time to crawl out. 😉

My favorite way to preserve yarrow is to make an infused oil. I pretty much follow the same protocol as I do for infusing plantain.

This oil is great to add into salves. Yarrow is very soothing to sore skin. It also has natural anti inflammatory properties that help with infection and can even help stop bleeding in deep wounds. Very handy to have around.

After working with yarrow a bit, I started drying it to have around for illnesses. Yarrow is easy to dry just rinse well and then let dry on a towel overnight to get most of the water off of it. The next morning tie it in small bunches and hang to dry until crispy. Then bag and LABEL it. You’ll be good to go for flu season.

How to use yarrow

Yarrow is great for reducing fevers, it allows the pores to open up and to induce sweating. A cup of yarrow tea before bed can greatly reduce the amount of time you are down with the flu.

Yarrow does not taste great by itself, I like to add some elderberries and raw honey to sweeten it up. (The combination of yarrow and elderberry can bring down a fever fast, some times even too fast so do not give strong amounts frequently, research and find an amount you are comfortable with giving.)

If you have a kid like mine that thinks all teas are just ‘gross’, make a strong batch of tea and put it in their bath. After the bath, dry them off and bundle them up for bed. This should help them sweat out some of the illness. It’s also important to keep them hydrated and nourished during illness

This really is a great herb to keep around that should be easy to find.

If you can’t find yarrow around your neighborhood, you can order the dried herb from a number of places online, my preferred choices are Mountain Rose Herbs or The Bulk Herb store. We have been ordering from both places for years and are happy to be a part of their affiliate programs.


    • says

      I’m assuming the yellow yarrow is bred somehow so I am not sure how the medicinal properties would keep. I’ll have to look into that more.

  1. says

    Wow – that’s amazing!! I have never seen this plant where we live, but love the ideas for it!! Going to have to go look around and see if I can find it! :)

  2. says

    I learn something new every time I visit your site. Yarrow is a new one for me. If it helps with allergies, then it is something I need to check out for my kids.

  3. says

    thank you for sharing this sounds like a great herb one that I think that I have seen before but was not too familiar with. I will start looking for this and tell my daughter the gardener about it. thanks for sharing

  4. says

    We just moved to our house. After seeing this post yesterday I thought I saw some yarrow outside. I was so excited! So, I took a picture of it and came inside and compared it with your picture. Alas, I was wrong. What a bummer! I am still on the look-out though! :-)

  5. Shelley Alexander says

    Hi Jess, I have never tried yarrow before. After reading about all the benefits and how to use it I want to try it soon. Thanks for your helpful post and great tutorial!


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