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Yarrow - The Magical and Practical Uses

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Yarrow the magical and practical uses

Last year I bought a yarrow plant to add to my garden.

It was one of those intuitive moments. I knew Yarrow was good for something, I just wasn’t sure what it was but I had to have it and The Renaissance Man looked skeptical.  

So I popped it in the garden next to the salvia officinalis (garden sage) with the gorgeous purple flowers and promised him it would be pretty and hardy.

*hardy is important with the minions and the dog*

This year it came back in full force. The new flower buds were a pretty peachy-pink and as they matured they turned a soft off-white.  I went out today to harvest some of the taller stalks that were falling over.

I was also right,  Yarrow does have some really powerful magical and medicinal qualities that I’m looking forward to utilizing.


Also known as Woundwort, Yarrow has traditionally been used to staunch bleeding and heal  wounds

~It works especially well at stopping  bleeding when it’s combined with comfrey and plantain. Use either freshly bruised leaves or dried powdered leaves as a styptic.

~It can be made into a tea to treat flu symptoms; one ounce of dried leaves to one pint of boiling water. The leaves tend to be more bitter. The dried flowers make a better tasting tea especially if blended with other herbs.

 WebMD cautions that prolonged use can cause bleeding problems  and to stop using it 2 weeks prior to having surgery.

~A steam bath of yarrow can be used for headache and fever.

~An ointment can be made to relieve scrapes and bruises,  as a chest rub for congestion ,  or a body rub for sore muscles and arthritis. Combine with other herbs to enhance the effect; like eucalyptus for chest congestion or peppermint for sore muscles.

~A tincture can be made and taken daily to relieve symptoms of upper respiratory infection, heavy menstrual bleeding or inflammation. Its traditionally been used for gastric upset, intestinal cramps and dysentery.

~Yarrow can also be made into a poultice or a compress.

It really was one of the go-to’s for injury or intestinal problems.  

***Today, It is not considered safe for pregnant women or people who are taking blood thinning medicine***

Yarrow essential oil is especially good for gynecological problems. It’s also used topically to heal stubborn wounds and to stimulate hair growth.

***Never ingest essential oils and always dilute with a base oil before using on the skin***

*I share this for information purposes only, because I’m a geek and I love this stuff. Please don’t use it as a substitute for seeking professional help. If you have a medical problem, please go see a medical professional.


Magically, Yarrow was considered sacred to Achilles (being named after him), Aphrodite, Hermes and the Horned God.

It is one of the 9 Sacred  herbs.

It’s ruled by Venus and the Element of Water.

yarrow - achillea millifolium
It’s typically used for healing, courage and intuition

Carry Yarrow with you in mojo bags or as a talisman to boost your self-esteem and courage.

Use the dried herb and flowers in a ritual bath to increase intuition and open your third eye.  

The ancient Chinese used dried yarrow stalks to cast for the I Ching. It was believed to have the perfect balance of Yin and Yang

Burn dried Yarrow as an incense to aid healing and rid space of negative energies.

**fun fact** It was actually used by the early church in elaborate exorcisms.

Dried yarrow was hung over the marriage bed to ensure a loving relationship for 7 years.  

*Really? Only 7, or is that when it needs to be replaced. Or was that considered a long marriage and ya know, if you both live that long then you don’t need anymore magic.

Add dried flowers to dream pillows to aid in restful sleep.  I’ve also read to add the dried flowers to dream pillows for prophetic dreams,  so I’m not sure if it would be restful.

I believe the most potent magical use for Yarrow would be in energetic healing rituals as it is such a potent physical healing herb.

Physically Yarrow is known to both stop the flow of blood from a wound and also to provide anti-everything protection so a wound can heal correctly.

Using this idea, magically Yarrow can also stop the flow of energy and protect us energetically so we can heal.

And you’re like, Whoa! Wait, we don’t want energy to stop! That’s a bad thing,  Energy has to flow!

And you’re right.  Just like blood has to flow…inside the body, Energy has to flow to where its supposed to go. 

And we don’t always control that, do we? Sometimes we just let our energy fly around where ever our ADD directs us, wishing we had another set of hands or a cloning machine so we could do more…

….okay maybe that’ s just me.

In this sense, I’m thinking of when we give too much; when we allow too much; when we take on too many responsibilities…..

Those times when our energy is just given so quickly and so completely we’re left empty with nothing left to renew ourselves.

After spending some time with Yarrow, I feel like this would be a good herb to add to our rituals and our mojo bags to remind us to set boundaries, to say no sometimes and to remember to slow down and take the time to rejuvenate ourselves.

That’s what I’m planning on using it for. Do you need some Yarrow? I have some here!

dried yarrow

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