Now is the time to harvest one of Natures #1 First Aid: Yarrow. A helper who heals wounds, prevents infection, and stops bleeding. It is anti inflammatory and stimulates production of new skin cells. Yarrow has been a well known healer since millennia, in the Iliad it is mentioned that Achilles taught his soldiers to use Yarrow to heal their war wounds. This is plant who strengthens, nurtures and gives warmth.
Yarrow is a must for the Family First Aid Kit. Scientific research shows that is speeds uyp wound healing, prevents infection and heals wounds. A Yarrow infusion can be used to wash wounds as well as to tone aging skin.
Use fresh flowers now in the summer and dry some to use in the winter. Drinking an infusion with Yarrow, Elderflower and Lindenflower is great to treat winter colds and flus, so stock up!
The flowers bloom now in June – July. They have a strong, aromatic flavor and scent. If you taste them, you will feel their bitter components. Thanks to them Yarrow becomes a great help to strengthen liver function and digestion.
This is not a flower to use in abundance of food due to the strong taste, but just a few flowers to give flavor to an herbal salt, butter, oil, vinegar or snaps will give justice to its singular taste. Or sprinkle a few flowers over a salad, root vegetables or a dish of lentils or beans.
The Yarrow has a strong, tough stalk so use a pair of scissors when harvesting. If you try to break it off by hand chances are you’ll tear up the whole plant including the root, which isn’t the point!
Here’s a bunch of recipes on how to use Yarrow for food and healing:
Yarrow oil can be used in food and as medicine. You need a clean, dry glass jar, a handful of Yarrow flowers and organic, cold pressed Rapeseed or Olive oil. Put the flowers in the jar. Pour the oil slowly into the jar. Let the flowers sink toward the bottom and the airbubbles rise to the surface before closing the lid. Be sure that no plant material is above the surface. Put the jar on a light, but not too warm window sill. Open the jar once a day to say hello, sniff it to make sure it’s doing ok. After two weeks, remove the flowers and store in a bottle in a cool, dark place. For food, use the oil with lentils, beans or root vegetables. For healing, apply the oil on wounded skin or use it in a healing Beeswax Salve.
Beeswax salve with Yarrow
All you need to make salve is a pan, a heat resistant container, a spatula and a chopstick to stir with. And of course, beeswax, Yarrowoil and essential oil of Lavender. Spend a couple of hours on a rainy afternoon and you’ll make enough salve to cover your whole family and the neighbors too for a year at least!
Recipe from my book “Lisens Green World”
Use the salve on wounds.
For ten jars / 50 ml you need:
• 50 grams beeswax
• 400 ml Yarrowoil
• 20–30 drops Lavender essential oil
Put the beeswax in the heat resistant container. Bring water to a boil in the pan. Put the container in the water and wait until it has melted. Add the Yarrow oil. The wax will curl and it looks funny but just give it a minute or two and it will all blend into a beautiful golden liquid. When all has melted, lift the container out of the pan. Stir gently with a chop stick. Add the essential oil. When the salve begins to thicken, pour it into the jars. Wait until the salve has cooled to put on a lid. Put a label on it and it’s ready to go. The salve can be stored at least two years.
Many years ago I had some problems with my health and was treated at an Antroposophical clinic outside of Stockholm, Vidarkliniken. A daily routine for all patients was (and still is) to after lunch, go to bed and rest with a warm Yarrow compress covering stomach and liver area for 20 minutes. I would usually fall asleep and sleep a couple of hours! This was to to strengthen liver and digestion. A great thing. Here is how to do it.
Prepare a compress:
1 wool scarf or other wool material, large enough to go around your waist.
1 piece of cotton cloth, same size as the wool.
1 cotton cloth, ca 10 X 20 cm.
Yarrow infusion to soak the compress in:
Bring 4 cups of water to boil with 2-4 tablespoons of dried or fresh Yarrow flower. When water is boiling, leave covered for 20 minutes. Remove flowers. Dip the compress in the infusion when it has reached a comfortable temperature. Put the wool cloth on your stomach, with the dry cotton cloth over it. Then put the Yarros compress over the stomach. To keep the heat, put the hot water bottle over the whole package. Lie down, closer your eyes and rest for 20 minutes. This is so delicious.
Sårtvätt med Röllika
Bered infusion som i receptet ovan. Låt svalna. Doppa en bomullskompress i och tvätta såret med vätskan.
Är man allergisk mot korgblommiga växter bör man undvika Röllika. Men det finns andra alternativ att ta till, mer om dem senare i veckan när jag kommer skriva mer om hur du skapar ditt eget naturliga husapotek.