Yarrow is a well-known plant with white flowers and mostly grows near the countryside. It grows to 70 cm and it blooms from June till October. The plant is edible with a bitter taste. The healing properties of the yarrow plant, like antioxidants, volatile oils, resins, and fat-soluble vitamins, are transferred and preserved in the carrier oil through the infusion. When yarrow is blooming, the volatile oils are at highest concentration.
Yarrow Oil Health Benefits and Uses
Yarrow infused oil is a first-aid oil in your herbal cabinet. It has astringent, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that make it excellent for healing deep wounds. It also helps a lot with:
- Varicose veins – yarrow increases the tone of the walls of veins and is a circulatory stimulant.
- Sore or inflamed muscles
- Nosebleed – Put the yarrow oil on a tissue and do inhalation.
- Skin problems – Making skin care products from it.
- Pelvic congestion in women quotations like ovarian cysts, PCOS, endometriosis, uterine fibroids by increasing circulation to the tissues and reproductive organs. – Apply the oil directly to the abdomen.
- Regulating menstruation in women and menopausal problems.
- Digestive problems like colic, indigestion, and constipation.
- Helps with fertility
- Rheumatism and arthritis – It pervent uric acid from muscles and joints.
- Reduce inflammation caused by common cold, respiratory tract etc.
Yarrow is generally a safe plant. You must be careful with allergic reactions. Do not use yarrow if you are pregnant or nursing, especially in the first trimester. It has neurotoxic effects so do not use it for a long period when you take it orally. If you are not sure, always consult a health provider.
Yarrow Infused Oil Preparation
For this recipe, I will use the cold infusion method and olive oil as a carrier oil. You can use dried or fresh yarrow. If you use a fresh one, leave it one day to evaporate the remaining moisture because it can spoil the oil.
It is very easy and you do not need special equipment to prepare it. All you need is dried or fresh yarrow, carrier oil like olive oil, and a jar. Ok, let’s get started.
After this recipe you might be interested in how to make infused oil from lemon balm, thyme, chamomile, sweet marjoram and skincare products with them.
- In a clean glass jar add the yarrow.
- Pour with olive oil to the level of the herbs.
- Close and leave it in a shady place for 40 days.
- After that period, strain through a cloth.
- Pour it back into the clean jar.
- Close and label it with date and name.
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