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Yarrow healing powder and anti-flu tea

November 20, 2019

Hi it’s Dan with coming to you
as always from the heart of Europe, and I’ve got my wife Krista back with us today – wife
and herbalist – and what are you going to show us today? What is the herb of the day? I see something sitting over here. The herb of the day today is yarrow, and we’re
going to be making some things with this that will help you in healing and in sickness. And what are the things? We’re going to make some tea that you should
have with you whenever you’re thinking you’re getting a cold or if you have a fever and
we’re also going to make some powder that you could put on any kind of open wound. That’s this stuff, right? This is it. I remember this. I actually have a story and it’s about this
table. This table is huge. It’s heavy. We had it ordered custom for this studio and
it was too big to get through the door. So we had to take it apart, only it wasn’t
screwed together it was held by glued wooden dowels. So while everyone was gone I thought I’d be
a hero and I had a knife and I was trying to cut the dowels out. And like an idiot, I cut toward myself – first
rule of what not to do – and I cut my hand wide open. We didn’t have any bandages here. I held it under the sink for awhile, that
wasn’t helping. And then I remembered Krista had sent me with
some yarrow powder in my first aid kit. So I sprinkled some in and it actually stopped
the bleeding immediately, and I had no infection. It healed real fast, so it was pretty cool. What else do you make with yarrow? I see you have a few other things. Yeah, I make a tea for respiratory distress
or decongestant. I make an allergy tea for during allergy season. I make a cream for varicose veins. I also use it under my eyes, it helps with
puffiness. I make a tincture for urinary tract infections
and also just a normal yarrow tincture for any kind of wound healing. And fevers. And would I just put this straight onto a
wound? You could put it directly on to a wound or
you can take it internally for reducing fevers. Alright, so I’m going to get out of the way,
let you watch Krista. She’ll show you how these things are made
and I’ll see you at the end. Yarrow is one of my favorite herbs. It’s really useful. It’s been used on battlefields for thousands
of years for fist aid. It’s one of our first aid go-to’s. It’s Latin name is Achillea millefolium. It’s named for the Greek hero Achilles because,
according to the myth, this is the herb he was dipped in that kept him protected and
impervious to being wounded. It’s found in North America, in Europe, anywhere
where there’s sunlight and meadows. You can go and pick it around spring – late
spring, early summer. It has small white flowers, although it could
be pink or red according to the cultivar. And it has a long really lacy leafy leaves. Some of yarrow’s most medicinal constituents
are its anti-inflammatory properties, its styptic – which means it stops bleeding – it’s
vulnerary. It’s wound healing. It’s antimicrobial, antiseptic. Diaphoretic meaning it helps you to sweat,
which is why it’s really great at reducing fevers because it helps sweat the fever out. And it’s astringent – it pulls in tissue and
tightens tissues and helps close and it closes wounds and stops bleeding. So we’re going to make our first thing with
yarrow today which is our yarrow powder. And this is what we go to immediately whenever
we get cut. Whether you cut yourself shaving or you cut
yourself with knives because you’ve never seen a knife before Dan. And we’re going to use the yarrow that we
dried in our dehydrator. You can dry it anywhere. You can hang it in your house. You can put it outside in the sunlight. I prefer the efficiency of a dehydrator. So I’m going to get it out of the dehydrator
now. So now I’m going to go ahead and take the
yarrow out of the dehydrator and cut it into smaller sections so that it will be easier
to put into the grain mill. Now you could use a mortar and pestle as I
have here. But I find it more efficient and you get a
better quality and texture to your powder if you use a grain mill. So I’ll go ahead and cut it with scissors. You could use a knife, but again I go for
efficiency and I’m going to cut it with scissors into this bowl and also send most of it flying
across the room. Okay so now we’re ready to put this into the
grain mill. So I’ll go ahead and turn my grain mill on
and I’ll feed it into the top. This yarrow we happened to pick by our house
and we found this just everywhere. Okay so we’re finished milling our yarrow
and now we’re ready for any kind of wound that we have. So let’s say you cut yourself. This is so amazing because it not only stops
the bleeding but it cleans any wound and prevents infection. And if you don’t have bandages at your house
or where you are in the woods or wherever, it will form like a crust on top of the wound
and just seal it in until you are able to get a bandage on it. So you just pull some out of your jar and
put it right on to your wound as such. So, in order to make this you need to grab
some yarrow from wherever you can find it, dry it be it in a dehydrator or out in the
sun, grind it using a mortar and pestle or a grain mill, and then you have your first
aid kit in a jar. So now we’re going to make my family’s favorite
tea using yarrow. This tea is excellent if you feel like you
have got a cold or flu coming on, or if you have a fever. So let me tell you what the ingredients will
be. First we’ll be using elderflower. Now normally I pick my elderflower but we
used so much of it this season that I had to actually buy some for this video. We’re using elderflower which has anti-viral
components and it cuts the duration of the cold or flu. We’re using mint which is a fever reducer,
a diaphoretic, and a pain reliever. So if you’re having a fever and you have those
aches and pains, this will really help. It also improves the flavor of the tea, along
with the elderflower. We’re going to be using yarrow again, and
the yarrow here is very powerful as a diaphoretic helping to reduce the fever and as an anti-inflammatory
anti-viral for your cold and flu. So we’ve got some of this mint that I just
picked today, and I’ve got everything also in the dehydrator so you can see how it looks
coming out of the dehydrator. So this is the mint from my garden today,
and then the mint that has been dehydrated for a couple of days. And the yarrow again that’s been dehydrated. We’re going to run these through the 707 and
you’ll be using today the blank screen which will allow this to just be processed into
small chunks that will be useful for the tea. OK, so let’s start processing the herbs. OK, so now I’ve got the yarrow done and I’m
going to put it into this bowl because we need to get the right ratio for the tea. So I’m going to do the mint now. So we finished our mint, and now I’m ready
to make our tea. Put this into the bowl here. And show you again what will be in the tea. We’ve got the yarrow which we’ve been talking
about today which is anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic for coughing. It’s a diaphoretic for relieving fevers. And it’s anti-viral. Elderflower which is anti-viral, cuts down
the duration of your cold, it is an immune booster so it boosts your immune system. Also lends a really great flavor to the tea. And mint which is a pain reliever, it’s good
for your respiratory system and again adds a good flavor to the tea. So our ratio for our tea today is three parts
mint, three parts elderflower, and one part yarrow. So we’re going to go ahead and put that together. Now it’s not too scientific. I just do one part yarrow, and we’ll do three
parts of the elderflower. So now we’ll add our three parts mint. The texture is perfect for tea. This juicer does an excellent job of making
the texture great. Now just actually go ahead and add all the
rest of it. So now we have our fever buster tea. Give it a good shake. Incorporate all the herbs together and fill
up a tea bag and then you’re ready to have your tea. So you’re going to put three teaspoons or
one tablespoon of herb into your teabag. And I really encourage you to let it steep
in the boiling water for 15 minutes at least. Best is a half an hour, to get all the constituents
of the plant int the tea. It’s best also to cover the tea with a plate
or a bowl while it’s steeping. Otherwise all the important volatile oils
will escape into the steam. And I encourage you to enjoy this tea and
I hope that it brings you much health during cold and flu season. So this stuff smells really good. I had to come in and try it. So I hope you enjoyed this video and we’re
going to enjoy this tea. See you next time. Cheers.


  • Reply ZOMBiE May 2, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Just an amazing vid, it’s refreshing to learn new recipes. Just makes me want to jump in and try them out. Love the bloopers at the end. I was laughing so hard at 12:02 and 12:27 – Dan “it’s that what’s doing it” – Krista “Yaa…the mint is doing it” LOL!! Any chance of getting info on where to purchase some of the products Krista makes? Would love to try them out before buying a new machine from EUJUICER to make them. Looking forward to the next video 😀


  • Reply Joshua Hill July 23, 2017 at 3:25 am

    So all you do is crush the yarrow and it's good to use for cuts

  • Reply Javier B February 6, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Nice video, thanks for sharing the knowledge. Question: what kind of mint is use in the tea? peppermint, spearmint etc etc…

  • Reply LifeBeginswithAseed July 16, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    This is a very informative video. What other herbal remedies would you recommend for a first-aid kit?

  • Reply Alice May 11, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks I waited rigjt to the end for the under eye balm and you didnt bother showing the method ?

  • Reply frantastic2012 June 25, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    I use a coffee grinder to powder my yarrow and then sift it with a sifter. 🙂 Yarrow is amazing!

  • Reply Eric Kosak August 8, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    This is one very smart lady.

    I enjoyed watching a new use for Komo mills.

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