Yarrow is somehow not an herb we have used a whole lot of as a medicinal.  We use it all over the garden for a plethora of reasons - mostly that it draws in beneficial insects, is considered a dynamic accumulator, and it is a great plant for companion planting.  It also survives our summer humidity and heat unbelievably well.

During the winter of last year we did a lot of work in the garden to make it work for us.  We made more paths, created more beds, got our beds on contour, and divided the most beneficial plants in our garden.  As we did this I made a vow to myself to get to know what was coming out of our garden better and to try to use as much of it as I can this year.

In getting to know Yarrow as a plant - beyond one of my husbands favorite plants - I discovered it is used for colds, flus, and fevers, and cuts and abrasions.  I did use it in a salve I made with plantain and I have been quite impressed with how it has added to the healing nature of the salve.

The same day I made the salve I also tinctured Yarrow by washing the plants thoroughly and pulling off any less than perfect leaves or flowers and stuffing them in a mason jar.  I then covered the herbs with vodka and let it sit in a dark place for 6 full weeks turning regularly.  (I turn my jars just in case any of the herb isn't fully covered in alcohol I feel like it maximizes the pulling of the herbs)

We're now facing our first cold of the season as the kids have returned to school and thankfully, the yarrow is ready to go!

I think we will see how it works this time around and then I will likely bring some in to dry to add to my elderberry syrup I will begin making soon.

after tincturing for 6 weeks the yarrow leaves are strained through cheese cloth through a funnel into a fresh sterilized mason jar.


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