As I was working in the garden this summer, I accidentally snipped a finger with my clippers which caused it to bleed. It was nothing serious but it didn’t want to stop bleeding so I thought I was going to have to go inside to get a bandage until I remembered that Yarrow stops bleeding. I had a vague memory of a video I saw where someone had chewed the leaves, taken the wad out of their mouth and put it on a wound, so I tried it. I apologize if that sounds gross, but after researching, I found that is how it was done back in the day. I am pleased to say that it did stop the bleeding!
Aside from that, the only other way I have used Yarrow is in dried and fresh flower arrangements. But after the bleeding experience, I decided to dry a bunch for use in a salve. The salve is good for healing cuts, bumps, bites and bruises. To make the salve, I’ll make it just like I made my Homemade Lilac Salve. I dried a lot of it so since there is an overload, I listed it on Etsy if you are interested in purchasing some: My Dried Pink Yarrow On Etsy
The Yarrow that I grow currently is two varieties of pink – some are light pink and some are dark pink. I unfortunately do not know the variety names but they are beautiful:
Here is a photo of what it looks like dried and then packaged up:
It is very easy to grow. It likes full sun and it is drought tolerant.
Yarrow also has other medicinal qualities and a quick google search will give you more ideas. Please consult with your physician before using any herb; some herbs are not safe for children, pregnant women and it is always a good idea to find out if a certain herb is safe for you to use.