Yarrow Blue Oil

yarrow Achillea millefolium

Yarrow blue oil.....Yarrow is an herbaceous perennial plant belonging to the family Asteraceae. It produces flowers that can be pink, rose, white, apricot or yellow.

Other common names for yarrow include: arrowroot, bad man's plaything, carpenter's weed, death flower, devil's nettle, eerie, field hops, gearwe, gordaldo, hundred leaved grass, knight's milefoil, knyghten, milefolium, milfoil, millefoil, noble yarrow, nosebleed, old man's mustard, old man's pepper, sanguinary, seven year's love, snake's grass, soldier, soldier's woundwort, stanch weed, thousand-leaf, thousand seal, woundwort, yarroway, and yerw.

Blue yarrow oil is produced by the steam distillation of the flowers of the plant.

Its use in the treatment of wounds is said to go back to Achilles who used it for injuries inflicted by iron weapons.

The flowering tops have a mild stimulant effect and have been used as a snuff. The blue oil can be diluted and used as a chest rub for colds. It is also said that yarrow tea will clear up a cold in 24 hours.

Yarrow is a good companion plant. It attracts good insects such as the ladybug and repels bad ones. It also is a good addition to a compost pile, because its leaves are thought to be a good fertilizer.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

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Botanical Name - Achillea millefolium

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Flowers

Note Classification - Middle

Aroma - Dry, smooth, herbal

Color – Dark blue (can stain)

Largest Producing Countries - Hungary, Germany, France and USA

Traditional Use – Yarrow blue oil has limited use in pharmaceutical bath preparations for skin condition, in perfumes and aftershaves.

Properties - Anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, diaphoretic, digestive, expectorant, hemostatic, hypotensive, stomachic, and tonic.

Benefits - Acne, amenorrhea, arteriosclerosis, burns, colds, constipation, cramp, cuts, cystitis, dysmenorrhea, eczema, fever, flatulence, flu, hair rinse (promotes hair growth), hemorrhoids, high blood pressure, hypertension, indigestion, inflammations, insomnia, rashes, rheumatoid arthritis, scars, stress-related conditions, thrombosis, tones the skin, varicose veins, and wounds.

Blends Well With - Cedarwood, chamomile, oakmoss, pine, valerian, and vetiver.

Safety DataYarrow blue oil is non-toxic, non-irritant, and possibly sensitizing in some individuals. Yarrow blue oil isn’t to be used while pregnant.

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Orange Door, Warnemunde, Germany

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