Yarrow enhances mental calm and inner peace. Topically, Yarrow healing water is known to stop an itch in its tracks, regardless of the cause. A single spray can halt the pain of cuts and burns, including cooking burns and sunburns. Mildly antibacterial and antiseptic, it is used for problem skin and acne, sunburn and skin infections. It has been found to be effective in relieving the itch and pain of poison ivy and oak, sunburn, shingles and more.
Keep a bottle of Abbey St. Clare Yarrow antiseptic healing water at hand initially as spritzing will need to be repeated frequently at first, but you will be amazed -- and relieved -- at how quickly the pain or itching will disappear.
It is reported that it takes one metric ton of yarrow flowers to produce less than one-half liter (approximately 2 cups) of essential oil, so the yarrow hydrosol is one of the more potent waters. The fragrance of yarrow is very herbal. It can be off-putting to some, in which case you may want to combine it with another hydrosol (A Yarrow-Lavender hydrosol combination is especially effective.) or add a more attractive essential oil scent to it. Many people just accept the herbal aroma for what it is and enjoy the benefits as the fragrance does not linger. Interestingly, one of the reasons it is so very effective with animals is because they seem to like the smell.
Here are a few of the recommended ways to use Yarrow Mist externally:
Used internally, Yarrow is a good digestive aid, helps reduce fever and eases aches and pains in association with flu and colds, stabilizes body fluids and gets rid of excess water without being overly diuretic.
As an extra precaution, we suggest you sterilize any hydrosol before taking internally. Slowly heat to a low boil for a few minutes to obtain sterility without destroying the actives within the distillate.
Yarrow is very stable for up to two years.
Achillea millefolium distillate. Organic, USA.
Size: 120 mL / 3.7 fl. oz.
Content Reference: Hydrosols, The Next Aromatherapy, by Suzanne Catty, 2001, with her permission.
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