Working with Herbs: Yarrow

Working with Herbs: Yarrow

Shauna Toomer
3 min read


Yarrow has a special place in my heart. Outside of the common herbs in the spice cabinet like rosemary, thyme, and sage – Yarrow was my first introduction to the herb world, specifically the rootworking herb world. I remember walking into Madam Meerkat and asking for a half-ounce after seeing the name on my newly printed Grimoire pages from Etsy. At the time, I didn't know much about it or why I needed it. Several months later, I learned that Yarrow came looking for me; I didn't go looking for Yarrow.

The feathery white–sometimes yellow, red or pink–dome-shaped clusters of flowers remind me of baby daisies. It's a fragrant herb often smelling spicy or woodsy. The dainty-looking plant packs a punch. Historically, it is known for healing the wounds of Achilles and his soldiers. Today its properties spread far and wide. To learn about the physical and spiritual uses, continue reading.

Rulers and Associations
  • Gender: Feminine
  • Planet: Venus
  • Element: Water
  • Zodiac: Aries
  • Tarot: Four of Wands

Latin Name: Achillea millefolium

Folk Name: Arrow Root, Lady's Mantle, Tansy, Soldier's Wound Wort

Health Benefits: wound healing, fights, inflammation, fights the common cold, calms anxiety

Spiritual purposes: Courage, love, healing, lust, psychic powers

Yarrow can be made as a tea, sewn into flannel and placed under a pillow for dream magic, added to an herb-infused oil for salves and balms, and so much more.  My suggestion is to do all of your research before diving in and choose what safely works for you.


SN: I know you're wondering why Yarrow came for me–soon come.