Monday, July 21, 2008

Tincture of Achillea millefolium

Finally harvested a small bit of yarrow from my little acre today. It sits now, macerating in good grain alcohol. And even after only a few hours, the emerald color seeps in, and with it all that healing magic too!

4 comments:

Casbah Kitten said...

How cool! We have yarrow all over our yard here, it grows like crazy. I'm curious about the uses for it...what will the tincture be used for?

Rocki's Rock 'n Beads said...

Very interesting!

Walk in the Woods said...

Achillea millefolium, commonly called yarrow (around here) is named for the warrior Achilles who is said to have used this plant to staunch the bleeding of the wounds of his soldiers wounded in battle. It is still used to heal open wounds in this manner.

It is also useful in getting stuck blood moving, like in bruises and blood spots. I've also used it in hot drinks (as tea or as tincture in hot tea) to break a stuck fever.

Anyone else have anything to add?

Lily said...

Best to pick short plants from dry rocky ground, not the over watered stuff. The whole above ground plant can be used. I prefer to use the flowers. On a subtle level this herb is excellent for people who get confused between what they are feeling and what other people are feeling. All of the sudden it is very easy to see which of your feeling comes from outside. Because of this it is an excellent medicine for healers. A very strong medicine. Only small dosages are needed. Less than 5 drops at a time. Not recommended during pregnancy.