This year I will be collecting enough to be used medicinally too. Yarrow is specific for fevers. Drinking a cup of yarrow tea will cause you to sweat, which will lower a fever and help get rid of toxins. I would not use it right at the beginning of a fever. I'd let the fever do what it's suppose to do. (kick in that immune system) But a fever that is hanging on, I would use it. The flavonoids in yarrow and the action of dilating peripheral arteries, will also help to bring blood pressure down. Yarrow will also help to stop bleeding due to the tannins in it, .....a good reason to store some in your emergency kit.
I have to admit that yarrow is not as easy for me to "slam" down as the herbs that just taste "green". It has a distinct taste -- pretty strong. (It tastes like the crushed leaves smell.) I still store it, because I will use it if I have to. I really doubt you would be able to get it down small children. I don't think you could mask the taste. Just a little too medicine-y.
|Strip the leaves off . It's the flower heads you want, |
whether you are crafting or using it medicinally.
|When picking yarrow in the field, please be sure not to pull up the roots.|
(The roots come up easy.) Yarrow is a perennial.
Use a scissors to cut it, and next year it will grow in the same place.