We created a tasty blend of medicinal herbs to take when you feel a fever coming on, or at the beginning stages of a cold. Yarrow & Elderflower are the main actors in this tea with Hyssop and Mint adding a great refreshing flavor. Calendula petals are there to remind us all of summer and the brilliant medicine of the sun. Especially for those of us here in the Pacific Northwest!
Like many herbs Yarrow has many different functions and has been used in a myriad of ways throughout the years. It's lore is of epic proportions and it has never ceased to be one of the go to herbs of Western Herbalists wether it was carried into battle to staunch bleeding, thrown as different lengths of sticks to predict ones fortune or taken in low doses to strengthen ones energetic boundaries. We are using it here with other herbs to help direct it towards breaking a fever, otherwise known as a diaphoretic. Yarrow is a tough and hardy plant that you will find growing in sunny locations whether on a sunbaked hill or along the side of a road. The leaves are feathery and soft and the flower itself is an umbel making a perfect landing pad for pollinators and other beneficial insects. It's importance to the ecosystem is also paramount. We have both used Yarrow to help staunch a cut while out in the woods by chewing on the leaves a bit and then applying that rudimentary poultice to the area. Bleeding stops fairly quickly after that. I've also used it as a digestive bitter while out on the trail if that's all I can find and while the taste is extremely bitter uncut, just remind yourself that that is the medicine.
Beautiful harvested elderflower