This Yarrow Styptic Powder will be the easiest herbal recipe you ever make! It calls for just one ingredient, Yarrow. The only other things you will need is a coffee grinder or food processor and a little jar or baggie to put your herbal powder in. I keep one with me and at home to help stop bleeding should I need it.
All about Yarrow.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) has been used historically to treat solider’s wounds during war. That is how it got it’s common name of solider’s woundwort and military herb. Another one of Yarrow’s common names is nosebleed which indicates a very useful way that this herb is used today.
Both the leaves and flowers can be used for digestive support and a variety of skin issues such as burns, cuts, bug bites and fungal infections. Yarrow has a cooling energy and is useful when trying to lower body temperature during sickness. It has a strong taste so if it’s being used internally a tincture or glycerite is my favorite way to dose it. Use with caution internally during pregnancy.
Yarrow is a very easy and prolific herb to grow. It will take over a garden bed before you know it. I personally don’t mind that happening but be aware in case you are short on space. It is a perennial and very low maintenance. I will typically see it’s leaves in my garden even throughout winter here in zone 7b. To start it from seeds or to purchase potted plants check with either Strictly Medicinal Seeds or Azure Standard.
Yarrow flowers come in a variety of beautiful colors and each can be used medicinally. Yarrow that is found growing wild typically has white flowers. Make sure you get a clear identification of it if you forage Yarrow because there are many other plants growing wild with white flowers. Some of which are poisonous.
How To Make A Styptic Powder
You will want to use dried Yarrow for this recipe to reduce the risk of molding. If you have fresh Yarrow from the garden then harvest the amount that you want and place on a cookie sheet in a 170 degree oven for one hour to dry quickly. Or hang dry Yarrow for a couple of weeks.
Place dried Yarrow in a coffee grinder or food processor until it is super fine. The consistency of this powder should be like Bentonite clay. If it is not super fine then you risk some of the plant material irritating the skin.
Once you have the powder the right consistency then place in a little baggie or container. Should you need to stop bleeding from a bloody nose or a cut then dab your finger into the powder and place inside the nose or on the wound. This is where Yarrow really shines as a medicinal herb. It is one of the most effective herbs to help stop bleeding and pain! Watch me make it over on instagram.