Yarrow – Strong, yet Gentle.

by Karen on August 6, 2012

Looking for a rejuvenating vacation, Larry and I headed into the heart of the Bob Marshall Wilderness area on a 5-day horse pack trip.  Setting up camp in the Basin, we became immersed with wilderness life, and enjoyed being with the plants, tree’s, rivers and flowers.

While we were relishing our surroundings, I was happy to see an abundant supply of Yarrow (Anchillea millefolium) growing in the meadows of this remote backcountry.   Yarrow is an amazing plant and fabulous essential oil!  It is vibrant and resilient, thriving in both harsh and lush environments.  One morning as I was exploring a rocky creek bank,  I was pleasantly surprised to see a healthy Yarrow plant growing.  The Yarrow plant was placed where the spring run off has little mercy. It was amazing to see it thriving in such conditons!

The Yarrow plant is strong and gentle at the same time.  It has a hard, strong outer stem and a soft substance inside the stem. I often take reading material on my trips and had the book The Blossoming Heart, by Robbi Zeck,N.D. Curious what her perspective was on Yarrow I was delighted  to see that we had the same thoughts on this incredible plant. Robbi says, “Yarrow is a sacred plant of ancient China, superbly representing the qualities of Yin and Yang – the masculine and the feminine…stabilizing polar opposites within the body. (Zeck 121)”  Robbi further states that Yarrow is useful during times of major life changes, when emotional equilibrium needs greater support.

Next time you are feeling at odds with yourself and everyone around you, try a drop of Yarrow in your favorite carrier oil.  We love this oil for its’ cooling and anti-inflammatory properties.  It is also very useful for muscle spasms, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, and gas.

Some other remarkable therapeutic properties of Yarrow:

  • Antiallergenic – helpful for skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis
  • Antidepressant – can help to prevent and alleviate depression
  • Anti-inflammatory – alleviates inflammation, cooling
  • Analgesic – numbs pain
  • Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs/infections
  • Antispasmodic – relieves spasms, cramps and spastic coughs
  • Antiviral – assists in fighting viruses
  • Cicatrisant – cell-regenerative for skin, healing for scars
  • Decongestant - relieves chest congestion
  • Tonic for the nervous system – for exhaustion and stress

Emotionally uplifting and healing for the nervous system, Yarrow essential oil is a beautiful blue color with a Camphoraceous and Herbaceous aroma.  Strong and gentle, yin and yang, masculine and feminine, I consider this one of the most important oils in our oil collection!

Recipe – Tonic for the Nervous System

6 drops   Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
4 drops   Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
6 drops   Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
1 drop     Patchouli

Add to 1 ounce of unscented lotion and use when feeling the need for calmness and peace with yourself and your surroundings.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen Ball August 6, 2012 at 10:48

Reading this, I am reminded of another use for yarrow. Yarrow “sticks” were the original tool used by the Chinese for divining the I Ching, before the gold coins came into use.

Kc~Heart Blossom Essentials August 7, 2012 at 04:29

Hi Karen~

Nice post! I love Yarrow and very much look forward to trying the blend you provided. Sounds great. :-)

Minta October 26, 2012 at 08:49

What a beautiful description, I felt like I was in the backcountry with you!
Amazing recipe, Thank You -Minta

Liz Fulcher December 5, 2012 at 20:24

Karen, I’m going to have to order some Yarrow and make friends with it. It’s one I have rarely used and it sounds spectacular. Great post!

…And I can’t image packing for 5 days on a horse!

Karen March 11, 2013 at 21:37

Liz – yes, it is one you need to make friends with. Such an amazing oil!

Ann Marie Martin February 28, 2013 at 18:40

Hi Karen, I hope you’re doing well. This Bob Marshall Wilderness Trip sounds absolutely wonderful. Was it an organized trip or did you just arrange it yourself? If organized it sounds like something I would absolutely would enjoy doing. I was to Montana one time and I thought it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. If you have any info on it, if it’s an organized trip that anyone can go on I would appreciate any information. I’m looking forward to the AIA conference. I hope to see you there. Need some carrot seed oil so where else better to get it but from you. Thank you, Ann Marie

Karen March 11, 2013 at 21:37

Hi Ann Marie, Thank you for your comments. This was a trip we arranged ourselves. We do several trips during the summer months and so enjoy it – especially when I take my oils! Yes, I will be at the AIA conference and looking forward to seeing you!

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