Monday, February 13, 2012

What Can Yarrow Do For Me?

The flowering herb yarrow as been used for centuries to stop bleeding which is most likely how it developed its nickname “nosebleed”, today we are still seeing this wonderful herb being used whether it’s to attract beneficial insects into the garden, or use to fight off a common cold.  Yarrow has also become quite popular in the herbal cosmetic industry as well.  Here are some beneficial uses this herb offers for your skin.

Oily Skin
For oily skin you can benefit by making a facial steam by taking a table spoon of yarrow in a bowl filled half way with boiling water.  Simply lean over the bowl with your head covered with a towel to keep the steam trapped.  Be sure to keep your face 12-18 inches from the water.  Once you have finished steaming, splash off with some cool water and pat dry.  You can also add other stimulating, healing and soothing herbs for more added benefits such as, Rosemary, Sage, Mint, Comfrey, Thyme, Lavender and Chamomile.

Yarrow & Chamomile Lotion
To make a yarrow and chamomile lotion is very simple and very therapeutic.  Place 1 tablespoon of dried yarrow flowers and leaves and 1 tablespoon of dried chamomile flowers in a bowl and add 2 cups of boiling water.  Leave it in a warm place for about a half hour.  Then before straining you should stir it up once more, and then strain.  Now you can pour it into a glass bottle and store in the refrigerator.

Natural Insect Repellent
You can also make a natural insect repellent my making a tincture using yarrow.  Very simple, just cut up a bunch of yarrow flowers, stem, leaves, and place in glass jar.  Fill the jar with vodka and seal and let it sit for a few weeks in a sunny warm spot.  That’s it!  Once it has turned a darkish color you can strain and pour it  into a spray bottle, and now you have a natural insect repellent.

These are just a few of the many wonderful benefits to use this amazing herb for.  By doing a simple Google search you will find several yarrow recipes for natural skin care.  If you have this herb growing in your garden this might be a fun experiment for you this summer.  Well have fun!  Hope you have found this info useful.

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