Flowers, Steam distilled, Bulgaria
Yarrow is its own first aid kit! It is used topically for wounds as an anti-microbial, analgesic, and as a cellular regenerative. It can be used for severe skin rashes and wounds that have trouble healing. It can also be used for inflammation, cramps, rheumatoid arthritis, poor circulation, constipation, and menstrual problems. It can be applied externally for neuralgia and tendonitis. Currently, it is being researched for use with cancers, tumors, and as an antidote to radiation exposure and detoxification from drugs and alcohol. Yarrow oil is not appropriate for use during pregnancy or with children.
Our organic Blue Yarrow has a diffusive aroma that is sweet, fresh, and green-herbaceous with a woody and somewhat camphoraceous note that becomes sweeter in the drydown. When Achillea millefolium is distilled, one of the essential oil constituents, matricin (a sesquiterpene1), decomposes into chamazulene with its deep vivid blue color as a result of the heat and pressure of distillation.2 Chamazulene is one of the primary components of our organic Blue Yarrow (present at 9.40%) and boasts healthy, beneficial properties; other notable constituents are ß-pinene+sabinene, ß-caryophyllene, germacrene D, 1-terpinen-4-ol, 1,8 cineole, and smaller amounts of many others.3
It is said that the Yarrow herb is named after Achilles, a figure in Greek mythology who used the herb to treat the wounds of soldiers he led in the Trojan War.4 He died from a fatal wound to his heel, the only vulnerable part of his body. That may explain why the Achilles tendon and the Latin binomial for Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, share his name.5
Blue Yarrow essential oil is very effective in aromatherapy applications, and lends an intriguing note in natural perfumery when used in trace amounts. For information on the aromatherapeutic attributes of Blue Yarrow, please see:
Essential Oils – A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice, 2nd ed., by Jennifer Peace Rhind, 2012, pp. 144-5.
Advanced Aromatherapy – The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, by Kurt Schnaubelt, 1995, p. 94.
Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, 2nd ed., by Shirley and Len Price, 1995/1999, p. 314.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, by Julia Lawless, 2013, pp. 203-4.
Aromatic Profile: Sweet, fresh and green-herbaceous, with a woody and somewhat camphoraceous note that becomes sweeter in the drydown; has a high chamazulene content similar to our Chamomile, Blue - Organic.
Appearance: Vivid, dark blue, semi-transparent, mobile liquid.
Use: Aromatherapy / Natural perfumery.
Blending Suggestions: Dilute and add drop by drop to your blends until the desired effect is achieved.
Blends Well With: Angelica, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress Leaf, Helichrysum, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Melissa, Oakmoss, Pine, Rosemary, Tarragon, Verbena, Vetiver. “The oil could find some use in perfumery for its unique fresh-herbaceous note.”6
Safety Considerations: We recommend avoiding use with small children, elders, epileptics, pregnant and/or nursing women. Contains a small amount of thujone, therefore there may be a slight risk of neurotoxicity.7 There is a possible risk that the constituent chamazulene may contraindicate drugs metabolized by the enzymes CYP1A2, CYP2D6, and CYP3A4.8 Dilute before using. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.
2 Tisserand, Robert and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed., 2014, p. 6.
3 Industry communication.
4 Foster, Steven and Rebecca Johnson. Desk Reference to Nature’s Medicine, 2006, p. 377.
6 Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, p. 417.
7 Tisserand, Robert and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed., 2014, p.476.