Now, in mid-July, is when wild yarrow is starting to bloom.
Here is a video of my morning wildcrafting session today – harvesting yarrow. I hope that this video gives you a clear idea of how to find yarrow yourself and gather it for your herbal usages! Click to watch!
I try to pick the flower heads just as they start to flower – when the plant is at its peak. I harvest in the early morning after the dew has burned off or right before.
I spread out the flowering tops in a wide basket or tray. You want to provide space and airflow so they dry fully.
A week or so after you harvest, more blossoms will come up – Yarrow will keep providing blossoms for about a month. And you can keep collecting. I do always make a point of leaving some blossoms for butterflies, who love yarrow.
Leaving some areas of your property unmowed can often reveal volunteer native plants and herbs, and yarrow is actually quite common.
Besides encouraging wild yarrows to pop up, I also plant yarrows in the garden. Yarrow is a dynamic plant – biodynamic – and a classic companion plant. Its presence next to other plants and especially herbs – stimulates essential oil production so your other herbs will be more nutrient dense and scented and flavored amazingly.
Medicinally, Yarrow has a long and complex history. It is one of those herbs that can address a whole gamut of issues and make life as a human so much better. I use it mostly in making salves, which is why I dry most of the yarrow I wildcraft. But I also make a jar of tincture every year as well.
Yarrow can be used in a salve for external healing – like for cuts and rashes and such. Or it can also be very effective for internal healing as a salve – for things like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and joint issues, etc. It also has many uses as a tea! Yarrow is an easy to grow, easy to harvest, and easy to use medicinal – it makes a fabulous and important addition to any home herbal apothecary!
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Yarrow can look a bit like Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota). But when you take a look at these pictures, I think they are quite clearly different and easy to distinguish.
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