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Working with Herbs: Yarrow
Wellness

Working with Herbs: Yarrow

Shauna Toomer
10.12.2021
3 min read

Intro

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.

NOT SAFE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN

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