Yarrow has a place of honour in Greek mythology as the plant in whose waters Thetis bathed the famous warrior Achilles. According to the Greek myth, Yarrow gave Achilles its protective powers to make him invincible wherever the herbal bath had penetrated his skin, and in turn, Achilles healed his wounded soldiers with Yarrow. Yarrow’s official botanical name is Achillea millefolium, Achilles’ thousand-leaved plant.
Despite thousands of years passing, Yarrow has lost none of its revered healing properties and makes a wonderful essential oil to have at home; it is one you will turn to again and again.
What is it Good For:
Aches and Pain: Mix with pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory essential oil into a carrier oil and massage into sore and painful joints, muscles and injuries. It is also excellent at alleviating menstrual cramps when gently massaged into the abdomen.
Sinus Pain: As an effective decongestant, it helps to clear mucous congestion from the sinuses and respiratory tract, helping to alleviate sinus pain, sinus headaches and general respiratory congestion
Skin Healing: Yarrow is most famous in its skin healing capacity. Its powerful antiseptic properties help to treat minor cuts and wounds. Its potent healing action works on scar tissue, ulcers, slow-to-heal wounds and skin disorders such as eczema.
Oily Skin: Adding a few drops of the essential oil to a pure face cream to help reduce oily skin and keep acne under control.
Stress: Its calming properties help to reduce stress, stress headaches, anxiety, insomnia and stress induced hypertension.
Safety Issue: Do not use during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Only use essential oils in dilution (never neat) and never take them internally except under the direct supervision of a qualified aromatherapist.