Since 1986 I have used Yarrow for cold and flu. It shortens the time I have symptoms and brings on a heating up during the night which causes a detox through perspiration.
Also, after an operation, I used Yarrow before I entered hospital and then put drops under my tongue straight afterwards. It started to remove the anaesthetic from my system in fact it was coming out my pores and my nightie was wet with it. I asked my husband to take me home before somebody noticed and thought it was infection. Once home, I just changed nighties often until it all settled down. I pick it in the garden these days.
One big handful, in a saucepan with a pint of water gently heat about half an hour. Then I leave it to cool in that water before straining. With this method I put a tablespoonful in every drink until the flu has gone. I always have some in the freezer and out it comes at the first sign of sore throat or sniffle.
I have suffered from constipation for years, and it was worsened by Menopause. These things have really helped. 1. Using a small step stool in front of the stool to elevated the legs. This puts the colon in a more natural positon. 2. Yarrrow tea.
Has anyone used yarrow before? Someone recommended I use a yarrow tincture to help with my breakthrough bleeding due to new birth control... Any experiences with this?
Yarrow for Poison Ivy. I make a paste of the dried flowers, add some clay and sometimes comfrey to make it stick. Leave on 20 minutes. Blisters dry up and skin heals after one application.
EC: Pics of yarrow here: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=yarrow+flower&gbv=2&aq=0&oq=yarrow
I experienced an injured dog on a hike, it had gotten into barbed wire & was bleeding profusely with the owners not knowing what to do I picked some wild, (of course), yarrow, (achillea millefolia), & applied it to the wound stopping the bleeding. Yarrow is easy to grow & is a very good friend/gift to have around. Identifying is easy & it has a pleasant distinctive odor. Pictures are available on the net. This would be my first choice in the field or at home as I once suffered a laceration which would have required sutures as so claimed my nurse friend. I picked my yarrow friend that I had grown in my yard & applied it with a dressing. The bleeding stopped & also the throbbing pain within minutes. I left it on overnight & when I removed the dressing the next morning. it looked as though it had been sutured! I have used plantain,(plantago), as a drawing agent for absesses & it is a good field remedy for poison oak or nettle sting as it is anti-inflamatory.It grows plentiful in most areas & easily identified, see net for pictures. There are 2-types, the large leaf & more narrow, lance-like, leaf. They grow tall stalks straight up from the leaves & the seed pods are at the tips which can be removed for planting in your garden. One pod can grow say 50 plants or more pending the size. Always remember to leave some for the outdoors so the population remains healthy & thank the creator for the gift when harvesting.