Some Herb Basics: Most herbs work better on an empty stomach. A few exceptions are garlic, goldenseal and cayenne due to stomach upset. Herbs work in a cumulative fashion meaning they are not a “one dose wonder.” They need to build up in the system a little, usually within 2-3 doses, before any real affect can be noticed. Fresh herbs always work better than old herbs and science is always proving the fact that a whole herb usually is more effective than one isolated compound of that herb.
Medicinal Properties: Yarrow’s medicinal properties vary a great deal depending on how old the plant is, which part is used, the season, and its environment. Many tribes have used yarrow to treat wounds and burns. It has been used to treat hemorrhoids (both internally and externally) and menstrual irregularity. Studies have proven yarrow to be antibiotic and reduce inflammation and some people use it for diarrhea.
How to Use: Tea of 1 tsp dried herb to 1 C water, tincture, extract for internal use. Fomentations for external applications by simmering 1 Tbsp of the plant in 2 C water for 20-30 minutes. Let cool and dip a cloth in the solution to apply to the skin.
Parts Used: Flowers and Leaves
How to Grow: Yarrow grows in the wild and is easy to spot with it’s white flower clusters and feathery leaves. It will grow well in dry areas and open fields. Start from seed and water well only until established.
Warning: Some people have had allergic reactions to yarrow, usually in the form of hay fever or skin irritations.
How to use herbs for maximum benefit. Short and sweet descriptions and uses written by our on-staff Nutritional Herbalist. Always remember that herbs should be treated as a medicine. Almost all of our modern-day medicines are derived from compounds found in herbs and plants. If you have not used a particular herb before, try a half dose at first to make sure you do not have an unfavorable reaction to it.