February Oil of the Month - Blue Yarrow - Everyday Essentials

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February Oil of the Month – Blue Yarrow

If you were to mention the words Achillea Millifolium, most would not know what you were referring to.  If you were to say “Blue Yarrow,” most would have at least heard of it, and many have seen it, as it grows in almost every state in the US and in many different countries.

Background

For many years, Native Americans have recognized this plant as a digestive aid and as a help for other ailments. In addition, some native tribes would refer to it as “life medicine.”

Blue Yarrow, has such a long and fascinating history.  Its botanical name, Achillea millefolium, was named after the Greek myth Achilles. Also, it is said that when she was wounded in battle, the Goddess Aphrodite used Blue Yarrow to treat her wounds.  Additionally, she was said to have gone onto the battlefield with the yarrow to assist her fellow wounded soldiers.  It was later recorded as being used on soldiers during WWI to dress their wounds, stop bleeding, promote healing, as well as help prevent infection [1].

Today, Blue Yarrow is renowned for its ability to help support the healing of damaged skin. In addition, it promotes healthy immune function and minimizes the length of seasonal illness.  Emotionally, it is helpful with harmonizing your mind and body, promoting courage, and increases intuition [2].

Next, we’ll show you the benefits and uses of Blue Yarrow in DIY blends and projects.

Skin Soothing Rub

To help ease the appearance of Eczema, try this skin-soothing rub.

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

First, combine carrier oil with essential oils. Then, mix until well combined. Lastly, massage onto areas of concern.

Comfort & Support Rub

This DIY helps soothe illness, ease discomfort from fever, and support respiratory function [3].

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

First, combine all ingredients and mix until well combined. Then, massage onto the chest.

Joint Relief Lotion

Help minimize joint discomfort caused by over-exercising or the normal process of aging with this DIY lotion blend.

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Combine all ingredients and mix until well combined. Then, lather on lotion blend onto areas of concern.

Courage Inhaler Blend

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

In a personal inhaler, combine all essential oils. Inhale to help promote feelings of courage.

Increase Intuition Diffuser Blend

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Place all necessary drops of essential oils into a diffuser and enjoy!

Healing Helper Roll-On

This Roll-On Blend can help promote the healing of minor cuts and scrapes.

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Then, using a funnel, carefully pour the mixture into a roll-on bottle. Then, apply in areas of concern.

 

What is your favorite Oil of the Month and how do you use it? Let us know in the comments!

 

References:

[1] V. A. Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Novato: New World Library, 2016.
[2] K. &. Bull, Aromatherapy & Subtle Energy Techniques, CreateSpace, 2015.
[3] P. &. Cantele, The complete aromatherapy & essential oils handbook for everyday wellness, Toronto: Robert Rose, 2014.
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14 thoughts on “February Oil of the Month – Blue Yarrow”

  • I love blue yarrow in blends for dry, winter skin. I currently have it added to shea butter soap. A tiny bit goes a long way with this oil.

  • I have a ton of essential oils. So I joined the club. At first blue yarrow has an earthy smell. Then I realized, it really smells like spagetti o’s.

    1. It’s so interesting how the same oil can smell so different to people! I too think that it has a very earthy aroma.

    2. Jinna, I’m so glad I read your comment! 🙂 It’s been bugging me trying to figure out what blue yarrow smells like. At first I thought maybe fried chicken? But you’re exactly right, it smells just like spaghetti-o’s!

  • I don’t care for this one. Being new to essential oils, I will probably not continue the oil of the month and just purchase ones that I want to add to my collection. Plant Therapy has really good prices for great oils!

    1. I think that looking into the specific constituents gives you the information necessary to help you gather research based information. I often find that blending my essential oils based on their constituents not only benefits my family based solely on therapeutic constituents but I’m able to better understand the strengths of each oil when I take into consideration the breakdown of constituents,

  • I was not a huge fan of this oil of the month. It is my first one, so I will probably more than likely keep trying it for a few months. It is one of my many oils. I am sure if I had some guidance on how to use it, I would like it better. It has a very bitter smell to me, kinda unsure of it at the moment. It may grow on me. Can’t wait to see future oils of the month.

    1. For me there are some oils that I don’t love on their own, however once I begin to blend them I find that their subtle scent it fabulous in a synergy. If you checkout our group on Facebook, Safe Essential Oil Recipes, you’ll find lots of ideas on ways others have incorporated this essential oil into their blends.

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