Restore Balance with Aromatherapy

( Achillea millefolium )
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by KG Stiles, Clinical Aromatherapist


Rich in chamazulene and azulen Yarrow has a warm, earthy and sweet aroma with a strong herbal note and a slightly camphorous overtone. Its soft, full aroma is reminiscent of German (True) Chamomile which is also a deep vivid blue color. It can stain so take care!

Yarrow’s high azulen content (which gives it its powerful anti-inflammatory action) is even higher than German Chamomile! Azulen also gives Yarrow anti-infectious properties for treating infections.

Blue Yarrow also called “Milfoil” has a stress-relieving and uplifting effect on the Body, Mind and Spirit and is an exceptionally versatile oil.

Yarrow’s botanical name ( Achillea millefolium ) alludes to the God Achilles especial fondness, legend has it, for the sacred healing of Yarrow plant for having cured an injury to his Achilles tendon.

Historically Yarrow has been used to heal battle wounds as it is strongly antiseptic, astringent, and anti-inflammatory.

Yarrow has ancient cultural roots dating to the Chinese practice of using fifty wooden sticks made from the Yarrow plant to cast the I-Ching for learning correct actions for an individual to take when faced with a personal dilemma in the journey through life. The I Ching was always consulted when making an important decision.

The Yarrow plant serves to represent the opposites being integrated harmoniously, uniting heaven and earth in a balanced way. For instance the stem of the Yarrow plant is strong and hard and has vertical and square markings which represent Yang qualities. At the same time the Yarrow stem has characteristic Yin qualities because its hollowed out inside was filled with soft plant matter and the stem is round.

Use during times of important or escalated change. Yarrow supports inner stability, integration and wholeness.

When feeling pulled by opposing or conflicting forces within our nature use Blue Yarrow to balance and harmonize your inner forces to regain your composure and inner balance.

Yarrow enables you to walk upon the earth and reach for the stars and to live fully without compromising either realm. When you feel confused by the force of many worlds and possibilities colliding within you then try Yarrow for uniting and balancing your energies!

When in times of challenge calling for great change look to Yarrow to help you find a new way for yourself that unites and balances all opposing forces peacefully within you!

Use during times of important transition, i.e. puberty, change of home, marriage, menopause, life threatening illness, death.

Helpful for easing intense mental and emotional states that threaten to consume and overwhelm.

Use Blue Yarrow to balance, support, tone and strengthen the body, mind and emotions, especially during times of testing or following any bout with illness.

An effective pain reliever Yarrow’s strength lies in its ability to uplift and restore Body, Mind and Spirit!

Yarrow helps you regain your balance and integrity with your values and needs when feeling unsettled and at odds with yourself and life.

A powerful ally when you’re needing to allow the emergence of new vistas and fresh imaginations.

With its powerful natural anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties Yarrow’s action is strongly cleansing and fortifying to the organ, nervous and endocrine systems.

Blue Yarrow is excellent for treating various musculo-skeletal complaints from sports injuries and accidents! Use Blue Yarrow for easing sore muscles and joints, strains and sprains..

Helpful for relieving menstrual cramps and regulating the menstrual cycle, as well as relievingnight sweats and hot flashes associated with menopause.

METHODS OF APPLICATION for best therapeutic results – Massage, hot compresses, bath, foot soak and direct inhalation.

May be useful for treating Pelvic Inflmmatory Disease (PID) and vaginitis as a douche or in a sitz bath.

Yarrow is useful for hair and skin care and stimulates “new” hair growth. Add to your favorite shampoo for promoting a healthy scalp and to strengthen the hair shaft. Effective treatment for split ends!

Yarrow’s astringent and regulating properties make it helpful for balancing oily skin, hair and scalp condtions.

Properties in Yarrow make it useful for calming inflamed skin. Blend with Basil to treat acne, or alone to relieve skin rashes and an assortment of skin irritations, including eczema, psoriasis and seborrhea.

Yarrow is fortifying to the immune system and stimulates blood and lymph circulation.

Use to relieve hemorrhoids and promote healing of skin sores andopen wounds.

To induce sleep, blend with Blue Yarrow with German (True) Chamomile, calms and soothes the mind and emotions.

May be helpful for relieving sinus headaches Inhale pure Yarrow essential to relieve sinus congestion.

All the blue oils (Yarrow, Blue Tansy and Chamomile) help to relieve burns associated with radiation treatment for cancer.

RADIATION BURN FORMULA aromatic mist: Fill a 2 oz atomizer colored glass bottle with pure, fresh water. Add 2-8 drops each of pure essential oil of Yarrow, Blue Tansy and German (True) Chamomile. Allow this mixture to synergize for a minimum of 2-3 hours. Shake and spray a very light mist across the radiation burn area. Allow the skin to dry thoroughly before covering. Repeat misting burn areas 3-4 times each day, or as needed for pain relief and to speed healing of skin cell tissue!

Experiment with using a minimal amount of pure essential oil to begin with, slowly adding more oil until you reach the exact dilution amount that’s right for you!

OPTIONAL: Add 2-7 drops of pure Helichrysum oil to your atomizer misting bottle to enhance the basic radiation burn treatment formula.

In Ayurvedic Medicine, an ancient system of healing practiced in India, the sweetly cooling and spicy aroma of Blue Tansy is ideal to regulate and pacify ALL the Doshas or bodymind types. Vata, Pitta and Kapha imbalances respond well to Blue Tansy’s regulating influence.

Symptoms of Vata imbalance are premenstrual syndrome, constipation, insomnia, restlessness, nervousness, anxiety and worry.

Symptoms of Pitta imbalance are high blood pressure, anger, frustration and emotional upsets.

Symptoms of Kapha imbalance are high cholesterol, low metabolic forces, slow to lose weight, fluid retention, stagnation and blockage, lethargy and depression.

BLEND WITH: Blue Tansy, German (True) Chamomile, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Helichrysum, Cypress.