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Yarrow – Protection Against Evil

"Yarrow - Protection Against Evil"Yarrow ~ Botanical Name: Achillea ~ The Compositae Family If you listen…..

If you listen, Not to the pages or preachers
But to the smallest flower Growing from a crack In’ your heart,
You will hear a great song Moving across a wide ocean
Whose water is the music Connecting all the islands
Of the universe together, And touching all
You will feel it Touching you
Around you…Embracing you With light.”
-John Squadra – American Artist and Poet –

The botanical name achillea was chosen to honor Achilles, legendary warrior and hero of the Trojan War.  The origin of the common name yarrow appears to have come from gearwe or gierwan of Anglo-Saxon origin.  Loosely translated, it means “to be ready” or “to prepare,” suggesting it’s use against various ills (including lovesickness).  

According to an English Superstition, if a girl plucked the leaves from a graveyard, she should put them under her pillow and upon wakening, recite the following verse:
Good morning, good morning, good Yarrow
And thrice good morning to thee
Tell me, before this time tomorrow
Who my true love is to be
Her dreams the following night were to then reveal her future husband. In years past, illness was thought to come from the stars, the minds the humors.  Plants that yielded beauty and medicinal qualities were thought to have mystical powers.  In France and Ireland, yarrow was one of the herbs of St. John that were picked while they were still moist from the morning dew and then burned on the eve of St. John’s Day to protect against evil.  Yarrow has many uses.  

In addition to those mentioned in the section on Floral Recipes, Yarrow has been used for brewing beer and as an astringent solution. 

Yarrow For Beautiful Skin

"Yarrow - Protection Against Evil" People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us. Iris Murdoch

Yarrow – For Beautiful Skin  Yarrow is a wonderful herb with many uses, and it’s so easy to grow.  Just check out your local garden center for the seeds.  In this issue you will find some simple skin and hair care products you can make at home from yarrow.

Cleanser For Oily Skin:

Place a tablespoon of yarrow in a bowl and fill the bowl half full with boiling water. Lean over the bowl, and cover your head with a towel so that no steam escapes. You should be 12-18 inches from the water. After steaming, splash your face with cool water and pat dry.

For added benefit, you could add one or more of the following herbs:

Stimulating Herbs: Rosemary, Sage, Mint
Healing Herbs: Comfrey, Thyme
Soothing Herbs: Lavender, Chamomile

Yarrow and Chamomile Compress:

1 teaspoon of dried yarrow flowers
1 teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers
1 cup of boiling water

Pour the boiling water over the herbs and steep for 20 minutes. Strain out the herbs and discard. Cool the liquid to a comfortable temperature. Dip a tea towel into the liquid and squeeze out the excess.

Rinse your face in lukewarm water. Place the towel over your face and relax for 15-20 minutes. Pat your face dry. If you want to apply a moisturizer afterwards, choose one that doesn’t contain alcohol.

Tip: You can also use this compress to soothe rough, red, or cracked hands.  If your hands are dry, coat with almond oil before applying compress.