for Healthy Skin
by Jackie Carroll of ChamomileTimes.com
Yarrow is a truly remarkable herb with many uses, and it's so easy to grow that you can have a constant supply available from your own garden. In this article we'll explore some simple skin and hair care products you can make at home from yarrow.
Yarrow for Oily Skin and Hair
Yarrow is a wonderful choice when making cosmetics and cleansers for oily skin. Here are some of my favorite recipes.
Place a tablespoon of yarrow in a bowl and fill the bowl half full with boiling water. Lean over the bowl, and cover your head with a towel so that no steam escapes. You should be 12-18 inches from the water. After steaming, splash your face with cool water and pat dry.
For added benefit, add one or more of the following herbs:
Yarrow and Chamomile Compress
You will need:
teaspoon of dried yarrow flowers
the boiling water over the herbs and steep for 20 minutes. Strain out
the herbs and discard. Cool the liquid to a comfortable temperature.
your face in lukewarm water. Place the towel over your face and relax
for 15-20 minutes.
Simple Yarrow and Chamomile Lotion
Place 1 tbs. dried yarrow flowers and foliage, and 1 tbs. dried chamomile flowers in a bowl. Add 2 cups boiling water. Leave in a warm place for 30 minutes. Stir again then strain off the liquid. Pour into glass bottles and store in the refrigerator.
Yarrow hair treatment for oily hair
*Note: Jojoba oil is wonderful for hair, but if you can't find it, use 2 tablespoons of almond oil.
Bring water to boil in a double boiler. Add oils and yarrow to the top of the double boiler. Simmer gently, stirring frequently for 1 hour. Cool and strain. Repeat with fresh herb if you'd like a stronger oil.
Mix half and half with conditioner, and massage into hair and scalp. Cover hair with plastic wrap and and top with a warm towel. Sit in a warm, sunny place for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Shampoo, and repeat the treatment once or twice a week as necessary
Yarrow skin treatment for itchy skin
You will need:
1 pint jar with tight fitting lid
the herbs in the jar, and fill the jar to the shoulder with grain alcohol
- spring water mixture. Cover tightly.
Grow yarrow to attract beneficial Syrphid flies (also called flower flies or hover flies) to your garden. Syrphid flies are bright yellow or black and orange flies that might resemble yellowjackets or wasps. They are harmless to humans, but in the larval stage they consume huge quantities of harmful insects, particularly aphids, in the garden. Syrphid flies are important to the garden because they feed early in the season when it may be too cool for other beneficial insects.
© Jackie Carroll
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