Yarrow is an herb every witch should have in their apothecary. While the magickal uses of yarrow are most attractive to the witchy minded its practical uses are of some note as well.
It’s commonly found well, nearly everywhere except Antarctica. Many people know it as a common weed, but it’s so much more than that. The flowers are made of many tiny white, a soft shade of pink, or even yellow flowers.
Yarrow, or Achillea millefolium, has been well known for its uses for millennia, and it’s said that Achilles used it in battle during the Trojan War, which is why he is the namesake for this plant. Some other common names are Staunchweed, Milfoil, Soldier’s Woundwort, Knight’s Milfoil, Thousand Weed, Nose Bleed, and Carpenter’s Weed.
Yarrow is ruled by Venus and is associated with Aphrodite and Hermes, and it’s magickal uses include being used for courage, divination, and love spells.
The flowers are commonly added to dream pillows to aid in prophetic dreams. Hanging a bouquet above the bed on your wedding night is said to bring seven years of peace, love, and happiness (maybe this is why people have the 7-year itch because it wears off lol).
Yarrow tea is said to increase your psychic abilities, and rubbing yarrow oil on your physical eyelids, or your 3rd eye can help with divination as well.
For practical uses, I have two favorites. One is by adding it to some of my healing salves to remove itching. It works so well when it comes to soothing itching skin, healing eczema, and skin rashes.
You can also make an infused oil and add some to store-bought lotion (or make your own body butter) for dry, cracked skin during cold winter months.
My other favorite is making a powder of the leaves for a styptic powder. You can use the plain leaves, but I find the powder is easier to deal with. Living in the dry desert and suffering from nosebleeds regularly during the hot, dry summers, it comes in handy.
Placing the leaves directly on a cut and applying pressure will stop most mild bleeding. If you have severed a limb, don’t expect much help.
Other ways yarrow can help is by making a tea to drink for menstrual issues or making a strong tea and adding it to a lukewarm bath for your children to help bring down a fever. Poultices for the skin are also beneficial.
As you can see, yarrow has so many beneficial properties. So go out and get yourself some yarrow and get to work. It is one of the herbs I offer in my Beginner Witch Kits that can be found HERE
HOW TO MAKE A STYPTIC POWDER
If you are wild-crafting-
There are two types of leaves on the yarrow plant. The long fern-like leaves that grow from the bottom and the shorter fern-like leaves that grow higher up the plant. You want to use the longer leaves. Never remove more than 1/3 of the leaves.
Hang the herbs to dry, upside down, in a dry but shady spot for approximately 4-7 days depending upon the amount of humidity where you live.
If you are buying your herbs from a reputable company like Mountain Rose herbs, you can trust you are getting ethically farmed, organic herbs.
Once the herbs are dry and crumbly, you can grind them in a hand grinder, coffee grinder you only use for grinding herbs or a blender. Grind or blend until it turns to a fine powder.
You will store this in an airtight container, keeping away from moisture. Label and date it. It can keep up to 5 years if you keep it away from moisture.
While the quality of magickal herbs doesn’t have to be as high-quality as medicinal, I keep them both the same because there is so much crossover. There are some magickal herbs you can’t find from therapeutic suppliers, but if the option exists, go with the organic, ethically farmed version.
Always store your herbs in glass containers, away from direct sunlight.
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