Skin problems? Try common yarrow


Common yarrow blooms from July to October and you can hardly ignore these typical flowers as they seem to be everywhere. However, you can use medicinal effects of common yarrow (Achillea millefolium) much earlier because the majority of active substances is also found in leaves.

Common yarrow is a perennial plant, which grows throughout the entire Europe, but also in the Americas and Asia. It is regarded as very common and annoying weeds. You can find it along roads, on pastures, near railway embankments, etc., simply put everywhere… but not many people are aware of its medicinal properties, despite the fact that it got its Latin name after a hero, whose used common yarrow in the form of bandages and poultices, which apparently saved the hero’s life.

Great skin tonic and a face mask

Let us take a look at how the common yarrow is used in cosmetics. For example, a face mask can help you to get rid of face inflammation or any other inflammation on your body. It is not as aggressive as the more commonly used tea tree oil and similar remedies and you can get the common yarrow easily. And how should you use it?


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Use two spoons of dried and finely chopped leaves or three spoons of fresh yarrow leaves and pour a cup of hot water over it. Stir well and wait for the mixture to cool down. Apply the paste to your face (you will probably need to try few times to achieve the desired density). Leave on for 15 minutes and then wash off. Repeat every day and after two weeks you should start to see the first results.

Yarrow Cleansing tonic


  • 1 tablespoon of dried yarrow
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • tea tree oil (10 drops)


Pour boiling water over the yarrow and wait 20 minutes for it to infuse. Then strain the mixture and let it cool. Now, add the tea tree oil to the cool mixture. Use it daily to wash your face, especially if you suffer from oily skin, acne, or similar skin problems.

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Radek Štěpán

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