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babs
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Babette
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Posted - Oct 02 2006 :  08:02:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Everyone,

I see someone shared a lemon balm tincture. I'm so glad to see the sharing of herbal wisdom here. I am a huge proponent of natural medicine. It is so much better for us.

My children can not tolerate antibiotics and antibiotic creams are completely ineffectual. Not a good thing when you have a diabetic daughter who insists on running the farm barefoot. We always follow any wound care up with a dose of "Yarrow Juice", and I tell you is sure does the trick. My youngest stepped on a nail this past summer. When the leading antibacterial cream failed us miserably, I washed the wound with Yarrow Juice, bandaged it with my Healing Salve and then had her drink a shot for good measure. It was all healed up in 2 days.

This is definetly something that I think should be in every womans medicine cabinet, and it's so easy you can make it yourself.

How To Make A Yarrow Tincture -

First I went out and collected yarrow heads, snipping them off into my basket. Snip only the clean white ones, none that are browning or look to be slightly pink or any other color.

You are going to want to have your clean mason jar and lids ready so if you havent washed them yet do that now.

I snipped the flower heads again in my sink to just under the blossom heads. Snipping them long just helps to keep them fresh while you are out collecting. Then I rinsed and rinsed and rinsed. It takes a lot of cool water washes to rinse all the sand (and yes, little bugs) out of the dense flower clusters.

Place the blossoms in a strainer now and try to get as much water out of the plant material as you can. Dont press just let it drip.

When that step is finished take your yarrow and very lightly pack it into the jar. Your going to need to leave a little head room, about an inch of space or so is good.

Next fill the jar, pouring over your plant material with plain vodka covering the top of the plant material. Cap tightly. Store in a cool dark cupboard and remember to shake once or twice daily. The tincture is ready in six weeks at which point you can strain out the yarrow.

To Use: I take one tsp and stir it into 1c of water and drink it down. You should barely taste it. The flavor becomes stronger the longer you let it sit. Note: Do not use a metal measuring spoon. I keep an assortment of plastic measuring spoons for this use.

Yarrow tincture counters all bacteria internally and externally, and also repels insects. However, if you intend to use yarrow as bug spray you might want to make a second tincture using rubbing alcohol, (make it the same way) as it will save you trouble from the beach or park rangers, plus its less costly than vodka. ;)

Babs

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Hideaway Farmgirl
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Jo
Virginia
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Posted - Oct 02 2006 :  12:16:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Babs,
this sounds great. I have never even heard of yarrow, but will need to check this out further. If you can, make sure you send this to Diane under the Farmgirl (FG) Cookbook..the deadline for recipe submittal is TODAY.

Thanks for the specific instructions...I guess I am going to be getting to know the lady at the liquor store on a first name basis...scary, huh? Especially if she sees my car and grabs a bottle of Smirnoff off the shelf for me. LOL

Love the idea of bug spray too.

Vodka Jo



Jo

Edited by - Hideaway Farmgirl on Oct 13 2006 12:17:03 PM
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grace gerber
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grace
larkspur colorado
USA
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Posted - Oct 02 2006 :  1:02:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Babs

glad to hear that someone else uses herbal medicine. I have used this same tincture on my animals as well. Keep up the great work. I also went to your site (Great, Great, Great) I would love to know if you have a printed catalog? I am wanting to get back into raising chickens and would love to see what I can do with you (a farmgirl).

Keep picking those herbs and flowers.
Grace

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BarefootGoatGirl
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Corrine
North Carolina
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Posted - Oct 02 2006 :  4:22:06 PM  Show Profile  Send BarefootGoatGirl a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the info, Babs! I use yarrow for an immune booster when those nasty flu bugs are going around in late winter. It is on my list of herbs to add to my garden (once I get the raised beds in).

Trina

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farmgrlchick
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Theresa
Columbus Montana
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Posted - Oct 03 2006 :  6:47:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have lots of yarrow, I never thought to use it this way. I was wondering what you use for healing salve ? Thanks!

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babs
True Blue Farmgirl

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Babette
MN
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Posted - Oct 18 2006 :  4:30:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Grace,
I wish I felt more confident about using herbs on my animals. At this point I try to treat them as little as possible with anything because I'm just a little afraid of messing up on dosages.
Thanks for looking at my site. I have a catalog for the quail, but not for the chickens. If you go back and look, I just uploaded nearly 200 show quality chicken breeds from a local breeder. The only sticker is that I have no pictures. Do you think I should still bother with a catalog?

Babs


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babs
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Babette
MN
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Posted - Oct 18 2006 :  4:36:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Theresa,
There are many recipes online. Everyone seems to have their own way of making it.
However, the basic ingredients are usually plantain, chickweed and comfrey.

Babs


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Hideaway Farmgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Jo
Virginia
USA
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Posted - Nov 20 2006 :  08:07:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Babs,

I am trying to identify yarrow in the wild...can't seyarrowem to be certain what I have is the right plant. Should I just find a nursery that sells the plant? I am very interested in expanding my tinture-making capabilities; I am having a grand time making the lemon balm tincture per Kathy of the Enchanted Woods' recipe.

I am also willing to trade 1 oz. bottles of my own lemon balm tincture for other farmgirl-made tinctures, if anyone is interested?

Jo

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GaiasRose
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Tasha-Rose
St. Paul Minnesota
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Posted - Nov 20 2006 :  08:39:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
jo, meet yarrow....




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Edited by - GaiasRose on Nov 20 2006 08:54:53 AM
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Marybeth
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Mary Beth
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Posted - Nov 20 2006 :  08:58:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yarrow is ACHILLEA. A perennial grown in all zones. Common yarrow is ACHILLEA millefolium

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babs
True Blue Farmgirl

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Babette
MN
USA
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Posted - Nov 20 2006 :  2:57:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Jo,

I would totally be interested in trading tinctures, considering the FDA has made it difficult to sell.

Lots of yarrow images here:

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=yarrow&btnG=Search+Images

If you can't find it growing in the wild, you can buy it. Just be sure you are getting the white variety and not the decorative colored ones.

Babs

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Hideaway Farmgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Jo
Virginia
USA
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Posted - Nov 21 2006 :  11:36:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Babs,

i will send you an email to discuss further offline. Thanks for the tips about the right type of yarrow.



Jo

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Hideaway Farmgirl
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Jo
Virginia
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Posted - Dec 19 2006 :  05:33:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Babs, I received the package from you today; thanks for the tincture and for the milk bath tea! Am suffering a nasty cold right now, so I will take your tonic ASAP and hopefully, be cured by morning!

Jo

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Edited by - Hideaway Farmgirl on Dec 19 2006 05:33:49 AM
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Hideaway Farmgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Jo
Virginia
USA
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Posted - Jun 25 2007 :  06:27:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Babs, (and other farmgirls)

Glad to report that I now have half a dozen yarrow plants growing in my herb garden.
I see that Babs' recipe for yarrow juice is made using only the flowers, NOT the leaves. Is there any benefit to be gained from the leaves of the yarrow plant in the yarrow juice recipe or in other ways? Just asking, since I am used to making other tinctures using leaves...and I hate to waste all those leaves!

Jo

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GaiasRose
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Tasha-Rose
St. Paul Minnesota
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Posted - Jun 25 2007 :  06:53:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
dry the leaves and use them in tea. the tea is good for tummy aches.

You can also dry the flowers and save them in a jar. when your face needs a boost, you can take a bit of flowers and put them in a bowl and pour water over it at a 2:1 ratio. It makes a nice astringent when the water cools. There are plent of uses for the whole plant, you just have to do some digging.

There is one site that says yarrow is a good garden companion in the dirt and as a bug repellant-which makes sense.

I use it mixed 1:1 with catnip tincture for a bug repellant. There was a study done recently that touted catnip's benefit as a bug repellant-it outshone deet!

anyhow, there's what I know about yarrow.

It's simply a pretty flower too...


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Hideaway Farmgirl
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Jo
Virginia
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Posted - Jun 25 2007 :  07:14:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Tasha!

I have read that yarrow is superb for helping compost break down, using one leaf per wheelbarrow-lad of compost. No wonder it clears up infections and wounds so well! I'll have to do some more digging...in more ways than one.

Jo

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Edited by - Hideaway Farmgirl on Jun 29 2007 04:50:17 AM
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Alee
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Alee
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Posted - Jun 25 2007 :  08:45:10 AM  Show Profile  Click to see Alee's MSN Messenger address  Send Alee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for reviving this topic. I want to try this! I think I even know where some Yarrow grows!

Alee

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Huckelberrywine
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Michelle
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Posted - Jun 25 2007 :  09:32:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yarrow/catnip bug repellant, now there is something I would love to use. I've never made a tincture, could you share how to do it? Do you end up with something you splash/spray on and then mosquitoes won't bite?

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Hideaway Farmgirl
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Jo
Virginia
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Posted - Jun 26 2007 :  11:04:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michelle,
Scroll back to the first post (page 1) where Babs wrote out her recipe for making yarrow tincture. She shared a bottle of her yarrow juice with me last year. For internal issues you take a teaspoon or so...externally I suppose you wet a cotton ball with it and apply to affected area, unless you put into an aromatizer bottle...hmmm, another good idea.

I now have my first batch of yarrow tincture perc'ing away in my cupboard. I'm also on my fourth batch of Lemon Balm tincture, using "Kathy of the Enchanted Wood" 's recipe at: http://www.maryjanesfarm.org/snitz/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=4321

Good luck!


Jo

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Huckelberrywine
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Posted - Jun 26 2007 :  3:35:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Okay, got my jars, snippers, alcohol, yarrow and catnip. I guess I make a tincture of yarrow and one of catnip, then mix in equal parts and fill my atomizer and I don't have to smell like Deet? Happy dance! Of course, I may need cat repellant. One thing at a time. :)

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babs
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Babette
MN
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Posted - Jun 27 2007 :  5:11:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Jo - I read this a couple days ago and it just isn't sitting right with me.. Are you sure you don't mean comfrey? I can't imagine such a teeny tiny ferny yarrow leaf doing any amount of noticable good. However Comfrey is well known for its composting superpowers. ;)

Babs

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Originally posted by Hideaway Farmgirl


I have read that yarrow is superb for helping compost break down, using one leaf per wheelbarrow-lad of compost. <snip>
Jo



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Huckelberrywine
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Posted - Jun 27 2007 :  9:13:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh dear. Well, I just had a visit this weekend with Dr. Rich Old (pg. 171 Ideabook) and he did mention and point out the lovely Yarrow and its astringent properties. Of course, the alcohol has astringent properties...hmmm. Well, I'm up for an experiment that may mean no deet required anyway. If it doesn't work, what have I lost? I may itch and smell funny, and have the cat licking me... ew.

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Posted - Jun 27 2007 :  9:53:10 PM  Show Profile  Click to see Alee's MSN Messenger address  Send Alee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Michelle- ROFL!

Alee

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babs
True Blue Farmgirl

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Babette
MN
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Posted - Jun 27 2007 :  11:13:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use catnip tincture to help me sleep, and the cat really has no interest in it at all.

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Hideaway Farmgirl
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Jo
Virginia
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Posted - Jun 28 2007 :  04:59:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Babs,
I most definitely defer to your yarrow expertise, and I don't know if the composting ability is true or not; it was in my Herb and Plant book, and also mentioned on a couple of websites when I researched yarrow. Seems like wrong proportions to me, too (only 1 leaf per wheelbarrow-load) so I am glad you jumped back into this topic!

Back to my original question, is there anything I can do with the leaves from the yarrow plant? It just seems to be a shame to use the flowers only.


Thanks,


Jo

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Edited by - Hideaway Farmgirl on Jun 29 2007 04:51:36 AM
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GaiasRose
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Tasha-Rose
St. Paul Minnesota
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Posted - Jun 29 2007 :  07:50:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jo, throw them in with some dried or tinctured dandelion leaves...use them for tea for tummy aches or tincutres for the same purpose.


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