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.
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.
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.