Herbal Astrology

Our ancestors were deeply attuned to the phases of the Moon and the stations of the Sun. Farmers once farmed by the Moon; the idea was that the “waxing” or growing Moon pulled plant energies upward, while the “waning” or decreasing Moon meant energy was moving back down towards the Earth and soil. When you consider that plants are filled with water and that the Moon’s gravity is strong enough to pull the tides of the ocean, there is a strong logic to this practice.

The “waxing” phase, from the New Moon to the Full Moon was the time to plant leafy plants and plants from which aerial portions were to be harvested such as berries, stems, leaves, flowers and barks. The “waning” phase, from the Full Moon to the dark of the Moon, was the time to plant root crops and also a good time to transplant, weed, prune, and treat for pests.
It was said that slaughtering animals under the waxing Moon resulted in moister and more flavorful meat.

Woodcut under a waxing Moon would have more sap and thus would make a ship more seaworthy. Woodcut under the waning Moon would be drier and more suitable for bridge building, to make furniture, for house construction, and for firewood, because at the waning Moon the sap would sink and be concentrated in the tree’s roots.
Herbal astrology went far beyond the phases of the Moon, to encompass all the planets by incorporating both medicinal and spiritual lore.

Solar Herbs (Leo) were said to reflect the positive ego strength of the Sun, our largest heavenly neighbor and our closest star. Power of will and generosity would be fostered by these herbs.
On the physical plane these plants would help the heart, back, spine, thymus gland, circulation, heat and vital force of the body, the cerebrum and the pons Varolii.

Some herbs of the Sun:

For the heart: European mistletoe, borage, and motherwort
To increase vitality: grapes

Lunar Herbs (Cancer) were said to promote the memory of past lives and the channeling of Spirits. These plants helped one to be in harmony with others and would also foster imagination. On the physical plane, they would benefit fluid secretions of the body such as menstruation, blood, the bladder, the pancreas, the eyes, glands, stomach, ovaries, womb, breasts and the cerebellum.

Some herbs of the Moon:

For the blood: adder’s tongue, wintergreen, loosestrife, white roses, cleavers, and lettuce
For the lymph: cleavers, chickweed, wild poppy
For the hormones: saxifrage
For the stomach: clary, wild poppy, cucumber, orpine, white roses, dog rose

Mercury Ruled Plants (Gemini, Virgo) were said to promote mental acuity and foster better communication with others. These herbs were said to be very helpful for writers and speakers.
On the physical plane, they were oriented to the nervous system and its fluids, the ears, tongue and vocal chords, lungs, the bronchi and the thyroid, as well as the sight and the pons of the brain.

Some herbs of Mercury:

For the nerves: marjoram, valerian, summer savory
For the brain: dill, lavender, lily of the valley
For the lungs: elecampane, fennel, horehound, licorice, maidenhair, pellitory-of-the-wall, flax seed oil, fenugreek, summer savory, valerian
For the sight: caraway, white horehound, lily of the valley, upright water parsnip

Venus Ruled Plants (Taurus) was used to increase sexual magnetism and personal beauty. They bestowed affection and style and were particularly helpful for musicians, actors and artists. On the physical plane, these herbs ruled the sexual organs and the umbilical cord, the abdomen generally, the kidneys, parathyroid, thymus and breasts. These plants were said to rule internal bodily secretions, to foster harmony between all bodily systems, to improve the complexion, and were helpful to curb excesses of appetite that could lead to disease.

Some herbs of Venus:

For the kidneys: eryngo, kidneywort, French beans, feverfew, mint, yarrow, burdock, plantain, sorrel, strawberries
For the bladder: beans, elderberries, eryngo, marshmallow, peach tree leaves, violets, plantain, and wood sorrel
For the testicles: marshmallow, beans, thyme
For the ovaries: lady’s mantle, mint, thyme, mugwort, and pennyroyal
For the veins: lady’s mantle, damask rose, self-heal, wood sorrel

Mars Ruled Herbs (Aries) were said to be stimulating and would help to promote passionate action in the world. Their energy was said to be catalytic and dynamic when used wisely, helping a person to manifest projects and desires. With a hot nature and a bitter taste, these plants would help with head injuries, inflammations, the diaphragm and purgation. Hot illnesses such as smallpox, scarlet fever, typhus, high blood pressure, fevers, hemorrhages and intense pain all fell under the sphere of Mars.

Some Mars ruled plants:

For the blood: nettles, all-heal, garlic, hops, cayenne, radish, rhubarb, and sanicle
For the sexual organs: sarsaparilla, garlic, onions, hops, basil
For the eyes: anemone, Crowfoot
For the muscles: hawthorn berries

Herbs of Jupiter (Sagittarius) bestowed a jovial and expansive mental outlook. They helped foster a feeling of deep spirituality and aided in the performance of ritual. These plants would help a person increase their prosperity and were especially beneficial aids for clergy, healers and lawyers. On the physical plane, these herbs were for the liver, arteries, fat cells, spleen, kidneys, sugar metabolism and disease resistance. The pituitary gland which regulates growth was also under Jupiter’s sphere. When badly aspected, hyper-expansive Jupiter could produce a stroke, abscesses, convulsions and even Cancer.

Some herbs of Jupiter:

For the liver: agrimony, balm, costmary, endive, hart’s tongue fern, hedge hyssop, maple bark and leaf, oak, sage, wild succory and dandelion root
For the pituitary: wood betony

Saturn Ruled Herbs (Capricorn) fostered sobriety and were steadying and solidifying to a person’s nature. They would help a person to mentally ground and to finish projects. On the physical plane, these plants ruled chronic processes such as ageing, the bones, teeth, knees, joints and cartilage, hardenings in the body, and the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland.

Some herbs of Saturn:

For the skeleton: comfrey, horsetail, Solomon’s seal
For the cartilage: black poplar, Solomon’s seal

Neptune Ruled Plants (Pisces) were the dream enhancers and also helped with manifestation. They ruled the feet and the lymph glands, helped with psychosis and tuberculosis, and with addiction and immune system disorders such as AIDS.

Some herbs of Neptune:

Sedative: poppy
To aid the immune system: Echinacea
For tuberculosis: Irish moss, Iceland moss
To enhance dreaming: mugwort, cannabis

Uranus Ruled Plants (Aquarius) were the hybrids. The planet of sudden change, Uranus was said to bestow energizing, stimulating and inspiring impulses. These plants would help a person to jump-start projects. On the physical plane, these herbs were said to relieve tension and nervous exhaustion, aid the circulation and the lower legs.

Some herbs of Uranus:

For the nerves: skullcap, lemon balm, lavender,

Herbs of Pluto (Scorpio) promoted sexual energies and brought harmony between the spiritual and physical planes. These plants dealt with the reproductive tract and any condition of stagnation within the body. They ruled catabolic and anabolic conditions (death and regeneration of tissues), toxic states that led to cancer, and toxic states of mind such as anger and jealousy.

Some herbs of Pluto:

To detoxify the body: ginseng, aloe, wormwood, and southernwood

Herbal Alchemy

For herbal alchemy to cause a change in your psyche and emotions, use these plants in baths, as incense, in elixirs, teas, flower essences and potions. Enhance their inherent powers by projecting a color into the brew (by visualization or with colored lights) for example; red to enhance sexuality and vital forces, violet to transmute mental negativity and bad karma (past, present and future) , blue to clear away discarnate entities, for forgiveness, tranquility and peace, and to calm an inflamed situation, pink for unconditional love and to mend a broken heart, green for balance and equilibrium, purple for self-mastery, and white to enhance a protective shield around the body and to strengthen your self-healing powers.

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Mugwort

The single most important and versatile plant used for magick and for stimulating psychic skills is mugwort. Consider her the plant kingdom’s magickal ambassador. Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris, also known as the Mother Herb, holds the key to the realm of dreams and clairvoyance. If you think you don’t dream, if you’re not sure you possess a psychic bone, mugwort will show you different. Not only that, while you’re trying out your psychic and magickal wings, mugwort offers spiritual protection.

mugwort teaMugwort’s uses in psychic work are innumerable. Fortune-tellers sip mugwort tea to strengthen their vision. Crystal balls can be cleansed in mugwort-infused waters. The herb is one of the primary tools for attempting astral projection, controlled out-of-body experiences. Mugwort provides psychic freedom but keeps the bonds toEarth tight, allowing the soul to journey with confidence. Most of the commercial formulas that you will find promoting their ability to enhance your psychic skills contain mugwort as a primary ingredient.

Mugwort also has talismanic uses. Mugwort placed at the entrance of a home blocks the entry of infection. Worn or carried, mugwort becomes a charm against disease, evil spirits, and fatigue. It is a traditional traveler’s talisman carried to ward off all danger and evil.

Midsummer’s Night brings mugwort to the height of her powers. French tradition recommends that garlands of mugwort be woven and wrapped around the Midsummer’s bonfires. Afterward, the garlands are thrown into the fire to protect their wearer from bad luck, disease and any malevolent magick that might be directed toward them.

Mugwort has an independent nature. Although she is an ally to humans, she’s not overly sociable, no rose-preening for admirers. Mugwort prefers what humans term wasteland, she grows rampant on stony ground, among ruins, and beside roadways. Mugwort, unlike so many other plants, is not overly endangered. Naturalized in North America, mugwort now grows rampant through the mid-western United States and parts of Canada.

You can buy dried mugwort easily and inexpensively. Good luck trying to buy a living mugwort plant at your local nursery. Many might prefer that it be endangered, considering it a weed.

Mugwort is a perennial herb that can reach heights of over seven feet during summer. It is best propagated by cuttings or root division in the fall. It is not easily cultivated although some have success growing the plant indoors or in the garden. If you can induce mugwort to grow, she is an invaluable plant ally, traditionally very willing, even eager, to impart her secrets to humans, especially women.

Mugwort is not a gentle herb. Its actions are typically not gradual but abrupt. Depending upon your purpose, when using mugwort, you will likely see results within days rather than weeks. It is not safe for use during pregnancy. It is too powerful for children. Mugwort is available in various forms, which, even more than many plants, are not interchangeable.

* The herb is safe to use for most people with the exception of children and pregnant and nursing women. It may be prepared as an infusion for tea or bath. An infused oil can be created from mugwort’s blossoms. Mugwort eases menstrual cramps and stimulates a sluggish cycle. It can also be used to align one’s menstrual cycle with the moon. A cup of mugwort tea enhances psychic ability and vision.

* The flower essence remedy is the gentlest form of mugwort and is the most profound remedy for psychic or magickal work. It can be added to massage oil or bathwater in addition to internal administration. Add one drop of mugwort or other herbal tea.

* Essential oil of mugwort is not safe and must never be used unless under expert professional guidance. Beware of anything marked as either Mugwort, Artemisia or Armoise Oil {mugwort’s French name}. Mugwort’s toxic, dangerous potential is concentrated in her essential oil. Many members of the Artemisia family, including mugwort, contain thujone, a neurotoxin.

Stevia, sweet leaf {Stevia rebaudiana}

Family: Asteraceae

Stevia is an amazing traditional noncaloric sweetener. The active compounds are up to 300 times sweeter than table sugar, but stevia does not cause tooth decay or raise blood sugar levels. In the face of the diabetes epidemic, it’s time to take a good look at this beautiful plant.

Description:

Native to tropical regions of Paraguay and traditionally used to sweeten mate` tea {a popular South American caffeinated drink}, this tender shrub has scalloped green leaves and tiny white flowers, and it grows to 2 feet tall. In warm, humid climates the leaves will be almost 2 inches long, but they’re much smaller if the plant grows in cooler conditions or if it’s stressed.

Preparations and Dosage:

Add stevia leaves – fresh, dried, liquid-extracted, or powdered – to recipes in which you use sugar or other sweeteners. Follow recipe guidelines and don’t be afraid to experiment; however, in large doses, stevia can be overpowering and have an unpleasant undertone. Some people describe its after-taste as licorice-like and sometimes slightly bitter {although you will now find products with very little aftertaste}. Make a tincture from your own plants with a menstruum of 25 percent ethanol {you can use 50-proof vodka}, and keep it in 1- or 2- ounce dropper bottles that you can bring with you to sweeten drinks and foods. Of course, you can also finely powder your own dried leaves or make a dried extract.

Healing Properties:

In the United States, stevia is used almost exclusively to sweeten foods and drinks. But unlike sugar, stevia extracts have some “side benefits” {as opposed to “side effects”}. It does not raise or lower blood sugar or blood pressure, and it has been shown to actually inhibit tooth decay. It has no calories and is fairly stable in cooking. It also aids digestion and settles the stomach.

stevia imageIn parts of South America, stevia was and still is traditionally recommended to treat hypertension, for use as a diuretic and cardiotonic {strengthening the heart muscle}, for preventing cavities and even to fight fatigue, depression, and infections. Some recent American studies have shown that it is able to significantly reduce blood pressure and improve the quality of life. Other studies, including those focused on type 1 and 2 diabetes, blood pressure, blood glucose, and glycated hemoglobin tests {a measure of possible diabetes} have shown more mixed results.

Safety:

Fairly large clinical trials uncovered no tolerability or safety issues. Stevia has been used in the food industry to flavor drinks for many years, particularly in Japan and South America. Many studies on stevia’s safety have been published, and after initial confusion and misregulation in the 1990’s, it is now classified as GRAS {generally recognized as safe} by the FDA.

In the Garden:

Stevia DSC01639.JPGIf you do not live in the tropics, this yummy plant will be annual for you. It’s the perfect herb for a sunny windowsill or bright porch. Outside, it will also need full sun, moist but not soggy soil, and good drainage. Give it some fertilizer and make sure that it is grown in rich soil. Stevia loves humidity, so it grows well in a greenhouse and will appreciate occasional misting where-ever you place it. Grow it in a pot on the deck and take it indoors in the winter, unless you live in a completely frost-free area.

Starting stevia from seed can be frustrating: The seed will only mature during long, humid growing seasons, and germination rates are very low. If you try this method, be sure to keep the seed on the surface of the soil, just pressing it in, and keep it consistently moist. You will have more success with stem cuttings and root divisions.

Harvesting Stevia:

Only use the leaves, since the stems will have a slightly stronger taste and edge toward bitterness. For best results, snip the leaves before the plant flowers. If you’re harvesting them outdoors, be sure to keep the harvest in the shade. While drying, maintaining a low, steady heat to avoid browning.

Yarrow {Achillea millefolium}

Family: Asteraceae

It’s said that, as a baby, the great Greek warrior Achilles was dipped in yarrow by his mother, to give him his superhuman strength – but that she held him by his heel. That being the only area not covered, he was of course later slain by an arrow to his Achilles’ heel,” his only weak spot. And don’t forget the medieval teaching that yarrow grew in churchyards as a reproach to the dead who need not have died had they eaten their yarrow. In China, it is believed that even the stalks are powerful; they have been historically used to cast the I Ching.

Description:

Yarrow grows as a low, spreading a mat of finely dissected, aromatic leaves that reach about 1 foot high. Umbrella-shaped clusters of tiny white flowers appear above the foliage in summer on stalks up to 2 feet high. Achillea is native to the entire northern hemisphere {North America and northern Eurasia}. If you want to grow the most potent medicine, stick to the white-flowered species and don’t choose any of the other lovely flower colors that are available in nurseries.

Preparations and Dosage:

Make an infusion by steeping 1/4 cup of the dried flowers in 2 cups of water for 20 to 30 minutes. Drink 1 cup of the tea two or three times daily. This is a mild herb, and it can be taken regularly for 2 to 3 weeks.

A traditional combination of easing fevers and other symptoms of flu is one part yarrow leaf or flower, one part elder flower, and one part peppermint leaf. Infuse the herb combination for 30 minutes and drink it throughout the day as desired.

The leaf is well known for its ability to stop bleeding when applied directly to a wound, and you can carry it dried and powdered in your first aid kit.

Healing Properties:

Yarrow tea is slightly bitter and aromatic and is a famous European remedy used to ease the symptoms of colds, flu, painful digestion, “liver stagnation” {weak bile flow} accompanied by poor fat digestion, and a feeling of fullness after meals, especially fatty ones. Laboratory studies have definitively established that yarrow has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic {relaxing the smooth muscles found in the uterus and digestive tract}, anti-fever, and antiviral effects. As an extra bonus, yarrow seems to have a calming effect, which can help with PMS and other nervous conditions, and it stops bleeding when applied to a wound.

It turns out that there is a fair amount of variation in the chemistry and biological actions in wild yarrow populations, so we recommend growing your own from seed or from plants obtained from one of our recommended sources rather than purchasing plants from nurseries or gathering them from wild populations.

Safety:

Avoid yarrow during pregnancy and while nursing unless you are under the guidance of an experienced herbal practitioner. Allergic reactions to members of the Asteraceae family, though rare, are known in sensitive individuals. They can manifest as a skin rash {even from just handling the herb, which is more likely with the fresh plant}, digestive upset, or headaches.

In the Garden:

Yarrow is found from sea level to above the timberline in the wild, so you know it is highly adaptable. It thrives in full sun but can tolerate partial shade, loves water but can endure mild drought, is winter hardy, and spreads quickly in cultivated {or disturbed} soil. It does like poor, acidic conditions, so do not fertilize it. Let it dry out between waterings.

You can grow yarrow from seed if you sow in the fall or stratify the seed before planting. {It’s often sown directly.} But root division is another good method and can help control the plant since it has a tendency to spread.

Harvesting Yarrow:

Snip off the flower clusters when it’s in full white bloom {no color varieties, please and thank you}, and then cut the stalk all the way to the ground to encourage further blooming. You can harvest the leaf at any time of year. For drying, you can also cut long flowering stalks and use the hanging method, snipping the flowers off later. Keep the whole flower clusters intact when you store them.

Additional Information on Yarrow:

Also, Known As:

  • Gandana
  • I-chi-kao
  • Milfoil
  • Millefoil
  • Noble Yarrow
  • Nosebleed
  • Old Man’s Pepper
  • Soldier’s Woundwort
  • Stanchgrass
  • Thousand-leaf
  • Thousand-seal
  • Yarrow

Yarrow is a perennial herb. It is found worldwide and grows almost in all places. The plant can be found flourishing in waste lands, countryside, meadows, pastures, edges of the railway tracks, along with the highways and in many other places where it is most unlikely to be plucked primarily owing to the chemical spraying done in those areas to keep the weeds out. The uncomplicated stems of yarrow bear scented bi-pinnately separated (having doubly pinnate leaflets) and cut up leaves making them resemble like laces. A yarrow herb can grow up to one yard in height and produces attractive flower craniums that possess white rays and have yellow flat circular plates or discs inside them. The yellow discs in the flower heads gradually turn brown. The yarrow plant has a pale brown crawling rootstock (a swollen root together with the whole or a portion of a very short stem) that yields a circular, even, the condensed stem which branches out at the top.

Containing anti-inflammatory and antiseptic unstable oils as well as astringent tannins, yarrow is very resourceful as a medicinal herb. Resins present in yarrow possess astringent properties, while the silica helps in repairing damaged or worn out tissues in the body. These properties in the yarrow make it a versatile remedy which when applied externally is useful in curing cuts and wounds, burns and ulcers as well as swollen and irritating (inflammatory) skin. When taken internally, yarrow invigorates appetite, increases digestion as well as absorption of nutrients by the body. The astringent feature of yarrow makes it a useful medication in stopping diarrhea and dysentery as well as impedes hemorrhage from the intestinal coatings. In addition, yarrow’s sterile and anti-inflammatory qualities help in healing infections and swollen organs like in the case of gastritis and enteritis. The bitter properties of yarrow make the herb in invigorating the liver. On the other hand, the herb’s antispasmodics (an agent that relieves spasms or cramps) help in relieving cramps arising out of tensions, wind, colic or nervous dyspepsia (imperfect or painful digestion).

When consumed hot, yarrow is a superb medication that helps in getting relief from fevers and contagions like colds, flu, coughs as well as sore throats. Yarrow is also beneficial in removing heat and toxins from the system through increased perspiration. Yarrow can also be used as a stimulant for the circulatory system and helps in healing varicose veins, hemorrhoids, phlebitis (inflammation of superficial veins that results in pain) and thrombosis. The herb is also useful in lowering blood pressure. The herb is also an efficient diuretic (an agent that promotes urine production and flow) and helps in letting out excessive fluids and toxins through enhanced urination. Yarrow also helps to get relief from cystitis (a bladder infection marked by pain as well as frequent, painful urination), irritable bladder, stones, and irritation. In addition, the herb is useful in soothing painful joints and also clears the skin. The herb contains sterols, which have actions similar to hormones and aids in controlling the menstrual cycle. That yarrow is an extremely beneficial remedy for womenfolk; it is established from the fact that the herb moderates serious bleeding during menstruation as well as heals uterus blockages. It also helps in providing relief during heavy periods. Yarrow’s versatility as an herbal medication is again proved when it is said to be useful as a stimulant or tonic for the nervous system.

Plant Parts Used:

Aerial parts.

Medicinal Uses:

For centuries, yarrow has been used to heal wounds, especially in Scotland people made a conventional wound liniment from yarrow to treat cuts, bruises, and other injuries. Going by Greek mythology, Achilles was reported to have intensively used yarrow to cure his wounds. Chamazulene, found in yarrow and also in some volatile oils, strikingly possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. On the other hand, sesquiterpene lactones contained in yarrow are bitter and act as a stimulant, while Achille Eine aids in curbing internal as well as external hemorrhage. Flavonoids present in yarrow are perhaps responsible for the herb’s antispasmodic results. In addition, yarrow is useful in controlling the menstrual cycle, curbing heavy bleeding as well as relieving women from menstrual pains.

Researchers have established yarrow to be an excellent herb to heal abscesses (a localized collection of pus in the tissues of the body). When yarrow is blended with other herbs, it helps in healing colds and flu. The herb’s sour stimulant possessions render it helpful in promoting poor digestion and colic (a disease characterized by severe pain in the intestines owing to various affections of the gastrointestinal tract). In addition, yarrow is also effective in healing hay fever, lowering high blood pressure, enhancing blood circulation in the veins, and taunting up swollen or knotted veins. When applied externally, yarrow is also useful as an herbal cleanser for skin wrinkles.

Other medical uses:

  • Abscess

The Habitat of Yarrow:

Basically indigenous to Europe and western Asia, now yarrow can be found flourishing in all the temperate regions of the world. As mentioned earlier, the herb grows in all places, including in waste lands, countryside, meadows, and pastures, edges of the railway tracks and along the highways. Yarrow is propagated through its roots. The aerial parts of the plant are plucked during summer when it is in blossom.

Research:

Despite its many uses, yarrow has been poorly researched.

Constituents:

  • Alkaloids (Achille Eine)
  • Coumarins
  • Flavonoids
  • Salicylic acid
  • Sesquiterpene lactones
  • Polyacetylenes
  • Volatile oil with variable content (linalool, camphor, sabinene, chamazulene)
  • Triterpenes
  • Tannins

Recommended Dosage:

Yarrow can be consumed both as a tea as well as a tincture. If taken as a tea, yarrow can be mixed with other herbs. For effective results, one needs to take 200 ml of the tea three times a day. Alternatively, one ml or 20 drops of yarrow tincture can be taken in three times daily.

How Yarrow Works in the Body:

Scientific researchers have established that apigenin found in yarrow plants possess anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic actions. Azulenes, as well as salicylic acids content in the herb, are also antispasmodic (an agent that relieves spasms or cramps). On the other hand, alkaloids present in the yarrow plant act as a hemostatic (an agent used to stop internal bleeding) and hence are beneficial in curbing hemorrhage. Again, like in chamomile, chamazulene found in the herb is anti-allergic in nature. Significantly, yarrow is a versatile herbal medication and has different actions in different parts of the body. Nevertheless, yarrow is perhaps best known for its usefulness in healing respiratory problems. The plant has diaphoretic properties (increases perspiration) and hence has been found to be very effective in curing colds and fevers.

Many herbal medicine practitioners also use yarrow to heal allergy as in the case of hay fever. Since the herb has multiple properties, it is useful in various different conditions. The herb is very useful when consumed after a bout of flu or other illness as it acts as a digestive tonic and helps in enhancing appetite. While treating cardiovascular problems, the herb’s antispasmodic properties are of immense use, while yarrow’s diuretic functions have made it an important medication in lowering high blood pressure as well as enhancing the blood circulation in the veins. Especially in women, yarrow is also useful in healing the problems of the reproductive system and in regulating the menstrual cycle. Yarrow has multifarious and often diverse functions in the same organ. While the herb helps in curbing heavy bleeding during periods, it can also set in periods.

Applications:

That the yarrow plant has flexible medicinal use and it is very resourceful as an herbal medication is established from the fact that various parts of the plant can be used for healing different disorders. The herb’s flowers, essential oil, leaves as well as aerial parts are useful in some way or the other. Listed below are some of the applications of the yarrow plant.

Flowers:
INFUSION: An infusion of yarrow flowers can be prepared by steeping the flowers in boiling water for some time. If taken internally, the infusion is useful for upper respiratory phlegm. It may also be useful to heal eczema when applied externally as a wash.
INHALATION: Fresh yarrow flowers may be added to boiling water and the aroma inhaled to cure hay fever and mild asthma.
Essential oil:
MASSAGE OIL: With a view to getting relief from swollen joints, dilute 5 to 10 drops of yarrow oil in 25 ml of permeated St. John’s wort oil and massage the amalgamation on the affected areas.
CHEST RUB: To alleviate chest colds and drive out influenza, dilute 20 drops of essential yarrow oil in 25 ml of almond or sunflower oil and blend it with eucalyptus, peppermint, hyssop or thyme oil and rub the mixture on the chest.
Leaves:
FRESH: Inserting a yarrow leaf into the nostril helps in curbing nosebleed.
POULTICE: Cuts and scratches on the body can be healed by wrapping cleansed fresh yarrow leaves on the affected regions.
Aerial parts:
INFUSION: An infusion prepared with the aerial parts of the yarrow plant is useful in reducing fevers. The infusion is also useful as a digestive stimulant.
TINCTURE: Yarrow tincture is useful for healing urinary disorders and menstrual problems. It is also recommended for cardiovascular complaints.
COMPRESS: One may soak a pad in the yarrow infusion or dilute the yarrow tincture to get relief from varicose veins.

Stomach-Friendly Wine:

  • 2 cups (120 g) yarrow flowers
  • 6 cups (1 1/2 liters) dry white wine

Crush the flowers in a mortar or an electric blender. Let stand for 1 month in a glass jar away from light, then strain.
Bitter yet healthy for digestion, fighting stomach cramps and flatulence. As an aperitif or a digestive, take 1 Tablespoon (15 ml).