Yarrow (Milldail in Welsh) has been revered as a powerful healing herb and magical plant for centuries. It was used in magical practices to 'drive out the devil' of those who had become possessed. It is said to cause a nosebleed and a bizarre form of love divination is associated with this property in eastern parts of Britain. According to Mrs Grieves, girls determine whether their loves be true by sticking a yarrow leaf up into their nostrils while reciting the following rhyme:
Yarroway, Yarroway bear a white blow
If my love, love me my nose will bleed now...
Yarrow is associated with Aphrodite, Hermes, the Horned God and the hero Achilles. It is ruled by Venus and the element water and is associated with the seventh chakra. Yarrow is used for divination and love spells and in spells for contacting or seeking out a specific person. It can be used for love, courage, communication and psychic abilities.
Yarrow placed beneath the pillow was used to bring dreams of one's future husband if one recited the following charm before dozing off to sleep:
Thou pretty herb of Venus tree
Thy true name be Yarrow
Now who my bosom friend must be
Pray tell thou me tomorrow.
In China, Yarrow is also used for divination however, the practice is of quite a different order. The ancient oracle of the I Ching is traditionally cast with Yarrow stalks which are thought to represent the Yin and Yang forces of the Universe in perfect balance. In China it is also believed that yarrow brightens the eyes and promotes intelligence. In other Asian tradition, it is said that where yarrow grows, one need not fear wild beasts or poisonous plants.
During the middle ages, yarrow was purported to be able to assist in both summoning the devil and driving him away. Pollen from yarrow was found in a 60,000 (or more) year old Neanderthal burial. In the Victorian language of flowers, Yarrow can mean both war and healing.
Yarrow was always part of the sacred 9 herb bundle. Originally a pre-Christian tradition, the church sanctified the practice and blessed the women's herb bundles in the church on Maria Ascension day, the 15th of August. A special soup containing 9 holy healing herbs, one of which is Yarrow is the traditional dish for Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter. This soup was believed to ward off all sickness and disease and dispel all evil influences for the whole of the coming year.
Yarrow is considered a harmonizing and balancing plant and can be used for emotional disturbances related to PMT or menopause. It is said to harmonize conflicting emotions and may be used for chakra balancing.
I gather most herbs and flowers locally and dry them on the farm. Care is taken to ensure that the herbs and flowers are at their strongest and most powerful when they are gathered. None are collected from areas close to a road. They are placed in this lovely miniature glass flask and added to a real silver 18 inch decorative chain so that you can carry them at all times.
|Uses||Charms are used for protection and safety.They can also be used to enhance the wearer's abilities and senses. Yarrow is used for divination and love spells and in spells for contacting or seeking out a specific person, for love, courage, communication and psychic abilities.|
|Properties||Yarrow is associated with Aphrodite, Hermes, the Horned God and the hero Achilles. It is ruled by Venus and the element water and is associated with the seventh chakra.|