Yarrow has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Its latin name, Achillea millefolium, is so named for the warrior Achilles, who allegedly used the herb to treat wounded soldiers on the Trojan battlefield. On the other side of the world, indigenous American groups used the herb’s leaves and flowers to treat wounds, burns, fever, and bleeding (according to the herbalist Matthew Wood, the Teton Dakota name for the plat, tao-pi pezu’ta, means “medicine for the wounded.”)
In western herbalism, Yarrow is considered a blood mover, having the ability both to staunch and cause bleeding. It’s quite antiseptic, too, making it an ideal herb for your first aid kit.
We use an aqueous (water-based) infusion of the flowers. We love their anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and blood-moving affinities when paired with related plant Chamomile and prepared in a light face wash.
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Chamomile Cleansing Cream