A couple of weeks ago, we were given a bouquet of Yarrow at the Farmer’s Market from some of our farmer friends. I *believed* that yarrow was a flower that was used for many different things, one being a natural dye.
Through the magic of google and a nifty phone, my farmer friend was able to confirm I was correct as well as share with me the other many useful reasons for growing this flower around your home!
A very kind reader just informed me that a book she is reading, Growing 101 Herbs That Heal, by Tammi Hartung says only use the white yarrow medicinally and use the colored yarrows for dye.
Thank you again, Mommy Set Free for your information!
- Internally you can use yarrow for colds, flu, measles, to clear gastric mucus
- Externally you can use it for sitz baths, wounds, astringent, headaches, cramps
- Aromatherapy and essential oil uses are for gynecological problems, for congestion, migraines, open sores, circulation…. and so on!!!
As you know I wanted the yarrow for dye, but before I made it up, Shannon started feeling poorly. Headache, chills, and the works.
I gave him two of the yarrow leaves. He put them in his nose for a little while and within no time his headache went away. It was amazing. Now don’t be all grossed out, I mean, really. A couple of leaves in the nose is no big thing… He could have taken tylenol or advil or something, but why??? Why take something that does more damage than good?
No bad side effects with this! 🙂
Now, on with the dye.
Yep, you get the real deal on this blog.
I messed up.
I had the flowers all cut up and so lovely, but I got in a hurry and forgot a primary ingredient to help make the dye.
I was supposed to soak my wool in a plant fixitave before I put it in my dye pot.
Live and learn, right??? 🙂
All part of the process.
So now you know!
And hopefully you can remember this step if you are to try making the dye.
And if you are interested in growing this herb on your homestead, as we are…. a friend of ours said that it takes over. So growing it in an area where it has plenty of room to spread is a must.
It can grow in full sun. It doesn’t take great soil. It can come in many colors!
If you grow this and have any other information, please let me know. I would love to hear from you!
May you have a wonderful day on your homestead!
I’m joining in today here…