The name Yarrow comes from the Dutch word yerw, meaning to repair.
Soldiers and warriors would use this plant to stop bleeding, both externally and internally. It is an anti-bacterial, antiseptic, tonic and expectorant. This is a must for any natural first aid kit.
The plant is best harvested as soon as it flowers. Both the leaves and the flowers are used. To make your own powder you will need to dry the flower and leaves, then ground them into a powder by mortar and pestle or a small coffee grinder used just for herbs.
If you happen to get a deep cut that won't stop bleeding, you apply a small amount of powder to the wound and it should stop or slow the process. I'm grateful that I typically don't have to use it too much! 5 or 6 dried flowers and their leaves should be enough for a years supply for an average household...well unless you are extremely accident prone!
My Yarrow Story
Well sure enough I cut myself good after initially writing this and can share some pictures. They're not too gruesome so you should be okay. I was working on whittling down a walking stick to prep for wood burning and the knife slipped and cut my thumb. I think down almost to the bone of the knuckle. I couldn't see the wound nor was I willing to putz around trying to figure that out. All I know is that it hurt like a son of a gun and I went into a full sweat. As soon as I stopped applying pressure, the wound would just gush. My little guy's eyes were HUGE. He says to me, "mommy are you going to be okay?" Yup, but I was really hoping a trip to the local emergency room for stitches was not in the near future. I called for my my oldest boy Ethan to get the powder from the cabinet, so that I didn't drip blood all through the house.