25 Days of Essential Oils – Day 22
Day 22 is here with an essential oil that is blue in color.
Yarrow essential oil is one of the few essential oils that are blue in color. I have a small bottle of this essential oil that came with my aromatherapy kit for one of my aromatherapy programs. This means the yarrow I have then, is most likely expired. I have had it for a while and only used it for class assignments. Yarrow has a herbal scent with a hint of floral. Another name this essential goes by is blue yarrow because of its color. Yarrow does have its benefits, as well as a few contraindications. Yarrow is one of the pricier essential oils. A fun fact about yarrow is the Latin name, Achillea, which refers to the Greek hero, Achilles. I read he was taught the attributes of yarrow by the centaur Chiron. I have used the whole flowers to stop bleeding while working in my garden. I learned about that feature in an herbal class and I was pleasantly surprised it worked.
Essential Oil Common Name: Yarrow
Latin Name: Achillea millefolium
Part of Plant Used: Flowers
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Notes (Scent and Staying Power): Base-middle
Safe for Ages: Safe for all ages, but there are some general guidelines when it comes to children and essential oils. But still, use caution when using topically for children under the age of 2. Sensitivities can still occur. Read here on how to do skin patch testing. If you create a blend for yourself, use a quarter of the amount of essential oil for children as a safe guideline.
Safe for Pregnancy: No
Safe for Breastfeeding: No
Topical Max: The topical max for this essential oil is 8.6%. Always dilute before applying to the skin.
Shelf Life: 4 Years
Key Therapeutic Properties/Actions: Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Digestive, Skin regenerative
Contraindications: This essential oil has a few contraindications. Avoid if using medications metabolized by CYP1A3, CYP3A4, and CYP2D6. If you are unsure if the medication you are taking falls under this, consult your doctor.
Where to purchase: Yarrow here.
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Love and Nature,
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