Using Yarrow to Heal Wounds and Improve Digestion
One of the many wild edibles that is currently in abundance is Yarrow. It grows everywhere, especially on the sides of roads and large fields. You have seen this plant thousands of times, and once you know what it is, you will not forget it. Amazingly, this plant is also a powerful healer for both your skin and your internal organs. Stop spending all your money on healing supplements, and just go pick some yarrow (unless your pregnant, this one is probably not for you).
Improving the health of your skin
To make some oil infused with yarrow you will need:
- a small mason jar and lid
- organic olive oil
- several sprigs of freshly picked or dried yarrow
- a mesh strainer
- Strip yarrow stems of leaves and flowers. If the plant is fresh, leave out in the sun for the afternoon to remove the extra moisture.
- Add flowers and leaves to mason jar, packing it in and leaving about an inch of space at the top.
- Add olive oil until the yarrow is covered. Put the lid on and let sit in a sunny window for 2 weeks. Sunlight normally makes oils go rancid, but Rosemary Gladstar (a wonderful herbalist) has made it clear that when the oil is with the plants in the infusion process, properties in the plant keep it from going rancid!
- Strain the yarrow from the oil, putting the oil in your container of choice. Make sure you label it, date it, and store it in a cool, dark place.
- Use externally for cuts, scraps, acne, rashes, bites, bruises, etc. Use in small doses internally for menstrual cramps, digestive problems, diarrhea, varicose veins, loss of appetite, etc. Do not use if pregnant!
Gut healing yarrow tea:
- Take the leaves and flowers of a few yarrow plants
- Bruise them in your hand (crush them, roll them around, etc) so you have about 1-2 tablespoon of yarrow.
- Put this in a cup, adding just boiled water over the bunch. Cover and let steep for 3-5 minutes. If using dried plants, steep a bit longer. After steeping, strain the water into a cup and enjoy!