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10 Health Benefits and Uses of Yarrow Essential Oil

Jennifer is passionate about essential oils and uses them daily for health, wellness, and cleaning.

Yarrow Essential Oils

Yarrow Essential Oils

What Is Yarrow Essential Oil?

Yarrow oil is extracted from the flowers of Achillea Millefolium, which is a member of the Asteraceae (Compositae) plant family. It is native to Europe, Asia, and North America. The oil is extracted from the flower of the dried plant via steam distillation. It is blue in colour which is caused by the release of a chemical called chamazulene during the distillation process. When diffused, it has a sweet, herbaceous, and pungent smell.

Yarrow oil is anciently known as the healing oil for many things because of its anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, astringent, antispasmodic, astringent, cicatrizant, digestive, expectorant, and tonic properties. The Yarrow plant was traditionally used to stop bleeding from open wounds and was known to fight infection and help speed up the healing process.

How to Use Yarrow Oil Essential Oil

  • Aromatically: The easiest and often most effective way of using yarrow oil is by inhalation. It really helps to relax the body and mind, reduce stress, and promote better sleep. Simply add a few drops to your essential oils diffuser or add a couple of drops to a tissue and inhale. You can even add it to your bath water or massage oil. Yarrow oil blends best with angelica root, cedarwood, pine, myrrh, and chamomile.
  • Topically: Yarrow essential oil can be used topically to treat wounds, burns, rashes, and many other skin ailments. It should be diluted first with carrier oil before applying it to the skin. Yarrow oil may cause skin irritations for some people if it is not properly diluted. It can even leave a stain on the skin because of its vivid blue colour.
  • Internally: In some cases, you may need to take yarrow internally for it to have the proper effect. Traditionally the dried flowers of the Yarrow plant were used to make tea to treat many different ailments.

Which Brand Is Best for Yarrow Oil?

There are many essential oil companies to choose from, but not all of them offer the same quality at the same price. It's a good idea to do a little research before choosing an essential oil brand. It's important to make sure you are buying a pure, therapeutic-grade yarrow oil without any additives.

Be aware of essential oils that are priced very low. Chances are, they are not pure or properly tested. Also, be cautious of some of the bigger, mass-produced essential oil brands that use multilevel marketing. These brands are typically way overpriced because they are really selling the brand.

There are several things to consider when deciding what company to buy yarrow oil from. First, make sure the oil is sold in an amber glass bottle. The dark glass protects the oil from heat and light damage. Next, read the label and make sure it includes the scientific name for yarrow oil, achillea millefolium. The label might even say what part of the yarrow plant was used and how the oil was extracted.

Lastly, and most importantly, make sure you are buying 100 percent pure yarrow oil. A good way to check for this is to look at the ingredients on the bottle. If the ingredients include anything other than achillea millefolium, that means it's not pure. Stay away from anything that says essence oil or fragrance oil. These are not pure therapeutic essential oils.

One of the best brands from my experience for yarrow oil is Plant Therapy. Their essential oils are high-quality, 100 percent therapeutic grade, and they go through multiple rounds of GC/MS testing by third-party experts. Plant Therapy essential oils are highly trusted by many and the prices are very affordable compared to some of the other leading essential oil brands.


1. Aids Digestion Problems

Yarrow essential oil can be very effective in treating digestion problems such as indigestion, constipation, and stomach cramps from diarrhea and flatulence. Massaging yarrow oil into the stomach can provide great relief from these stomach issues.

For best results, blend 2–3 drops each of yarrow oil and ginger oil with a carrier oil and massage into the stomach and abdomen in a circular motion. You can also make yarrow tea to the same effect.

2. Helps to Fight Cold and Flu

Yarrow oil promotes perspiration because of its diaphoretic properties. This can help you get rid of a cold or flu by literally sweating it out. Sweating may not be the most comfortable way of fighting a cold or flu, but it is the fastest way to rid the toxins from your body and start feeling better.

For cold and flu relief, mix a few drops each of yarrow oil and peppermint oil with a carrier oil and apply it to a cool compress, like a washcloth. Apply the cool compress to your forehead and relax with a hot water bottle and a thick blanket. The cold compress and peppermint oil will help reduce your fever or headache and the yarrow oil will promote your body to sweat so you can feel better much sooner.

You can also use Yarrow oil in your diffuser to treat inflammation from sinus infections. This works best when mixed with eucalyptus and rosemary oil.


3. Provides Headache Relief

The anti-inflammatory properties of Yarrow oil are known to help reduce headaches and migraines. Yarrow is also an excellent pain reliever and helps promote better sleep. It works best for headaches when blended with peppermint oil and a carrier oil and applied directly to the forehead and temples. It can also be used in a cold compress and applied to your forehead.

4. Relieves Arthritis, Rheumatism, and Tendinitis

Yarrow oil has anti-inflammatory properties which can help to reduce swelling and relieve pain from arthritis, rheumatism, and tendinitis. Simply mix a small amount of yarrow oil with an equal amount of carrier oil and apply it to the affected area a few times a day. Yarrow oil can be even more effective for arthritis, rheumatism, and tendinitis when blended with helichrysum, eucalyptus, ginger, chamomile, and frankincense.

5. Antiseptic to Treat Wounds

Yarrow oil is a powerful natural antiseptic. When applied directly to a wound it can kill all types of germs, like bacteria, which helps to prevent infections. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce swelling and fight bacterial infections. Yarrow oil also has tannins and salicylic acid which help to reduce bleeding when applied to a wound.


6. Mild Sedative to Aid Sleep

One of the side effects of Yarrow oil is that it may cause sleepiness or drowsiness. This, however, would be considered a health benefit for someone that suffers from insomnia. You can use Yarrow oil to help you sleep by adding a few drops to your essential oil diffuser before you go to bed. Or you can just mix a couple of drops with some carrier oil and apply it to your hands, neck and ears.

It is not recommended to use Yarrow oil with other sedatives because it might cause too much drowsiness for some people. With that being said, it is safe to blend Yarrow oil with Lavender oil in your diffuser and use it while you sleep.

7. Reduces Pain and Swelling

Yarrow oil is amazing for all sorts of pain. It is especially helpful for pain related to swelling because of its anti-inflammatory properties. This includes painful, swollen joints in the hands and wrists as well as swollen muscles in the back, neck, legs and feet. Yarrow oil is also beneficial for treating inflammation caused by injuries. Use the oil topically with a carrier oil on the affected area. Or diffuse the oil to treat inflammation from sinus infections.


8. Relieves Stress and Anxiety

Yarrow oil is great for relieving stress and anxiety because of its relaxing and calming effect. It can be very helpful for people who suffer from chronic stress. The oil has properties that have the ability to relax the body and mind. Diffusing or inhaling is the best way to take advantage of its calming effects. Adding it to a massage oil can also have many benefits. Yarrow oil is not only calming for the mind and body but also very effective for relieving sore, achy muscles.

9. Lowers High Blood Pressure

Yarrow oil may help to lower blood pressure slightly. This is because it relaxes capillaries, which helps to improve blood flow. It also helps to tone the blood vessels and might even help prevent blood clots.

Yarrow should be used in addition to any current medications you are already taking to assist in lowering your blood pressure. It should never be used to replace medication or without the approval of your doctor.

To use yarrow oil for high blood pressure, drink 1 to 2 drops in a glass of water each day. If you don't notice much of an improvement, then increase the dosage to 1 to 2 drops twice a day (morning and night).

10. Treats Skin Aliments and Reduces Scarring

Yarrow oil is useful for treating all kinds of skin conditions and disorders because of its antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. It also helps to moisturize skin, reduce irritation, and possibly even speed up healing. Yarrow oil might even help get rid of dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and acne as well as reduce the appearance of scars.


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