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In the Middle Ages, yarrow was referred to as woundwort or knight’s milfoil, because it was used in treatment of battle injuries and fever. It can also be incorporated into magical workings related to healing, love, and courage.
Parts Used: Leaves
Associated Element: Water
Magical Uses: Courage, healing, passionate love, psychic development
Rituals and Celebrations: Healing rituals, Litha/summer solstice celebrations
Blends Well With: Mistletoe, peppermint, or thistle for healing; apple blossom, lavender, or lilac for love
Substitutions: Geranium, rose, rue
Often Used With: Emerald, rose quartz, tiger’s eye
Precautions: Yarrow is highly toxic to dogs, cats, and horses, and can cause hyperventilation, vomiting, and diarrhea. If your pet ingests yarrow, call a vet immediately.
Applications: Carry yarrow in your pocket to boost your self-esteem or stop fear. Leaves strewn into a warm bath can help increase your psychic abilities, and yarrow can also be used to exorcise negative energies from a place or person. If you’re working on a healing ritual for someone who is ill, burn dried yarrow as incense, or place it under the pillow to bring about restful, restorative sleep. A sprig hanging in the bedroom guarantees years of passionate love.