About Yarrow Essential Oil
Floracopeia's Corsican yarrow, also known as Ligurian Yarrow, has an extensive array of aromatherapeutic properties, the most important of which may be its ability to purify in its applications. An aromatherapist will think of yarrow in a similar manner to chamomile. It is healing, soothing, relaxing and very useful. It is said that yarrow essential oil has a relaxing effect on muscles, nerves, belly and breath. Tonifying to the entire body when topically applied, yarrow's astringent and emollient qualities make it useful in promoting smooth skin on the face, body, upper and lower legs, and anywhere the skin had been previously stressed to create imperfections in texture. Yarrow as an herb has been used extensively and traditionally to support wound healing. Yarrow's calming effect extends to the mind, where it can have a de-stressing effect which can gently overcome feelings of anxiousness, restlessness or trouble sleeping.
Yarrow Essential Oil Profile
The flowering tops of our Corsican Yarrow are harvested from their natural environment in June when the flowers are at the height of aromatic potency.
How to Use Yarrow Essential Oil
- Smooth and Beautiful Body Oil: Yarrow is a wonderfully potent oil to add into your soothing body oil or creme. Its fragrance is uplifting and yarrow will boost the effectiveness of the skin rejuvenating qualities of your favorite lotion.
Other Ways To Use Yarrow Essential Oil
Yarrow can be applied topically (always diluted), as a compress, in the bath, through direct inhalation, or diffuser.
- Dot yarrow oil (diluted at 1%, i.e. 3 drops per ½ oz carrier oil) to treat skin imperfections on the entire body (see recipes below).
- Soak a cloth in a few drops of yarrow oil and very warm water. Place over chest area and cover with warm compress to calm and clear the breath.
- Add one drop yarrow to tepid or warm bath water before to improve circulation, remove toxins, and cool the body.
- To calm the nerves and promote restful sleep, diffuse yarrow oil or add to bath water (a few drops of mandarin oil will enhance this effect).
Yarrow Essential Oil Recipes
Aromatic Profile and Blending of Yarrow Essential Oil
Safety Considerations for Yarrow Essential Oil
While yarrow oil is non-irritant and non-sensitizing, it can be toxic to the nerves, and is therefore recommended in small amounts at low dilution. Not for use during pregnancy or if epileptic. Do not take yarrow essential oil internally.
Interesting Yarrow Essential Oil Information
Achillea species have been used in traditional folk medicine worldwide. In ancient China, yarrow was considered a sacred plant, said to bring about the meeting of Heaven and Earth, and its stalks were used for divination in the I Ching. American Indians used yarrow root for itching, swelling, pain relief and insect bites. The leaves were used to induce perspiration and reduce fever and as a diuretic. The entire yarrow plant was used to heal burns and bruises and to treat earache. An infusion of the dry or fresh flowering herb is used by the Bedouin for the treatment of coughs and as an insect repellent.
- Botanical Name: Achillea ligustica
- Family: Asteraceae
- Composition: 100% Pure Yarrow Essential Oil
- Origin: Corsica
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Cultivation/Harvesting: Wild-harvested
- Plant Part: Flowering tops
- Color: Rich blue
- Consistency: Mobile
- Yield: ~1%
- Bottle Size: 1 Dram (3.75 mL)