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Aug 9 / Anna

Yarrow – Flower of Protection

Yarrow is a hardy perennial that grows everywhere – in grass meadows, pastures and by roadsides.  It bears pale pink or white flower heads from June to October and so is easy to spot at this time of year.   Yarrow is an extremely potent plant: it’s root secretions frequently activate the disease resistance of nearby plants in a garden.  It is said to intensify the medicinal action of other herbs when combined with them.

Archaeological evidence suggests that yarrow was valued as a ritual herb in ancient times.  It has long been associated with divination and clairvoyance and was considered sacred to the Druids who used the stems to predict the weather.  The Chinese also use yarrow stems in their oracle called the I Ching or ‘Book of Changes’.

Historically, yarrow has been employed mainly for its ability to staunch blood flow and treat wounds.  It was used for haemorrhaging due to it’s ability to seal up the injury and protect the body from infection.  The botanical name, Achillea, refers to the Greek legend of Achilles who used yarrow in an ointment during the Trojan War.  According to myth, the virtues of the herb were revealed to him by the centaur Chiron.

At birth, Achilles mother dipped him in the magical waters of the Styx so that he would be protected in battle.  Because she held him by the heel this part was not touched by the sacred water so his heel was therefore his only vulnerable area in battle.  Remarkably, the flower essence of Yarrow has a protective action too.  The Flower Essence Society makes three different types of Yarrow essence with slightly differing applications:

White Yarrow helps to create a luminous and strong auric field.  It helps when there is extreme vulnerability to others and to the environment.  A person may feel they depleted or drained by negative influences.
Pink Yarrow helps those with weak emotional boundaries who tend to be overly sympathetic to others.  It encourages loving awareness of others within a field of self-contained consciousness.
Golden Yarrow is suitable for those whose oversensitivity is triggered by social situations.  They may tend assume a false social persona in an attempt to protect themselves.  Golden Yarrow helps them to remain open to others and socially active without having to rely on drugs or alcohol.

Yarrow is just one example of an essence which can be used for protecting and strengthening the aura: there are several other essences that work in this way.  For more information or advice please contact me via email:

Wildmedicine supply a Yarrow essence made in Bushy Combe on the slopes of Glastonbury Tor.  For more info go to

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