Being a styptic is likely yarrow’s best-known use, and for good reason — it’s highly effective at stopping and controlling excessive bleeding.
Simply take a little fresh plant, chew it up and apply directly to the wound. It encourages blood clotting, slowing and eventually stopping the bleed. If all you have is powdered yarrow and you’re dealing with a deep, open wound, then it’s best to prepare it as a fomentation, keeping a swath of cloth between the herb and the wound.
According to Michael Moore, “The root is remarkably effective for sore gums or teeth; either chew the fresh root or use the tincture topically.” He shares that he likes to chew on yarrow root chunks soaked in brandy for toothaches. Additionally, yarrow infusions can be used as a mouth rinse for bleeding gums or after tooth extraction to avoid dry socket (yes please).
When I have gotten a cut and wasn’t able to stop the bleeding, both fresh and dried yarrow leaf has worked wonders. This amazing little plant never ceases to amaze me! 🌼🌿