Yarrow Oil, Some Uses

Yarrow Oil, Some Uses

I looked forward to researching this article because I’ve always liked the Yarrow plant, and not just because it’s a good bee and butterfly plant. To many it’s a weed but to me, it is quite lovely and I have quite a few plants in my flower and herb beds; ones with white, purple, and pink flowers.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) used to be known as “soldiers woundwort” because it was used on the battlefield for closing wounds and for its strong astringent properties.  Yarrow oil is often called Blue Yarrow, or Yarrow, Blue Yarrow oilbecause the oil is blue. The oil contains the anti-inflammatory compound azulene, which gives the oil its blue color, as seen on the right. The scent is sharp and woody, with a strong herbal overtone. It’s rather fascinating, actually. I was startled by it at first and then found myself going back to it over and over.

Aromatic influences: Helps you develop a sense of inner peace and tranquility. Can heal a spirit wounded by anger. Cooling, protective, and nurturing.

Combines well with:

Cedarwood, Pine, Melissa, German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Valerian Root, Vetiver, Angelica Root, Rosemary, Tarragon, Lemon

Points of interest

  • Do not use if you are pregnant or if you have epilepsy.
  • Avoid if you have sensitive, allergy-prone skin. Best not used on dry or dehydrated skin as well.
  • Blue Yarrow drawingGood to use when treating burns.
  • Because of its warming effects, Yarrow is often used to help promote sweating, which helps reduce fevers.
  • Helps regulate menstruation. Can massage a drop or two into your abdomen using gentle clockwise strokes.
  • Helps lower blood pressure by dialating blood vessels. Helps relieve pressure on the heart as well.
  • To cool and calm inflammation, make a cold compress with 3 drops each of Yarrow and Peppermint.
  • Is very good when treating certain skin problems like Psoriasis and Eczema. There are a few recipes below. For more, look at our article on chronic skin conditions.
  • Yarrow helps dissipate stress and grief, bringing peace.
  • Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel. That’s a great way to get started.


Here are a few recipes involving Yarrow oil. To check for more, you can click on Yarrow and/or Blue Yarrow in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

Yarrow 4*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it. If you can’t, you can use these formulas in your diffuser. Just use the essential oils without the carrier oils.

Soothe Sore or Itching Skin

  • 4 drops Yarrow
  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 4 drops Palmarosa
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Apply formula to affected areas. Good to use to soothe eczema, dermatitis, itching, or irritation. (6)

Skin-CareSoothe Eczema

  • 4 drops Yarrow
  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 1 large capsule Evening Primrose oil
  • 1 tablespoon Grapeseed oil

Squeeze Evening Primrose oil from the capsule into the rest of the oils and mix well. Apply to affected areas. (6)

Soothe Inflamed Skin

  • 4 drops Yarrow
  • 4 drops Neroli
  • 2 drops Patchouli
  • 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel

Use on particularly sore patches of sunburn. Can also use on eczema. (6)

Heal Deep Cuts

  • 4 drops Yarrow
  • 2 drops Tea Tree
  • 4 drops Myrrh
  • 1 tablespoon Tamanu Oil

Two days after cut happens, apply a small amount daily until gone. (6)

Cool Emotions

  • 2 drops Yarrow
  • 4 drops Neroli
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba

Add formula to a warm/hot bath and soak for 20 – 30 minutes. You can also dissolve the formula into 1 cup epsom salts and add to bath water to soften skin and remove impurities. (6)

Yarrow 3Dissolve Emotional Blockages

  • 2 drops Yarrow
  • 4 drops Rose
  • 4 drops Red Mandarin
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Massage formula gently into shoulders, neck, and back. (6)

Oily Skin Spray Toner

  • 1 – 3 drops Yarrow
  • 3 ounces Distilled Water
  • 2 tablespoons Witch Hazel
  • Pinch of Boric Acid

Mix boric acid in the witch hazel, then add other ingredients. Shake well and decant liquid into a sterile bottle. Always shake well before use. Can either use a cotton ball to apply or store in a spray top container and spray toner in a fine mist over your face. (1)

And finally,

It is time to go try out Yarrow oil. Which recipe looks the most interesting to you? What do you like about it? Let us know in the comment section at the bottom of the page. We’d love to hear!



  1. Natural Home Spa by Sian Rees
  2. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  3. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  4. Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child: More Than 300 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Essential Oil Blends, by Valerie Ann Worwood
  5. The Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for Personality, Mind, Mood, and Emotion by Valerie Ann Worwood
  6. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding
  7. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
  8. Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family by Rosemary Gladstar
  9. Natural Beauty at Home: More than 250 Easy-to-Use Recipes for Body, Bath, and Hair by Janice Cox
  10. Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self, by Stephanie Tourles




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