Stop Bleeding With Yarrow

A reader who suffered a bad wound relates how yarrow leaf enabled her to stop bleeding.
By Betty Hyatt
October/November 2006
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Yarrow leaves are an old-school remedy to stop bleeding.
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Several years back, I sliced my index finger down to the muscle with a rotary cutter, leaving no flap of skin to cover the wound. My brother-in-law treated me with all the usual first-aid techniques, but the wound wouldn’t stop bleeding.

Finally, I listened to my grandmother’s insistent little voice in my ear and sent my husband out to cut a yarrow leaf. We crushed the leaf into a wad the size of a pecan and bound it over the gushing wound with gauze and tape. In the process, one drop of blood about the size of a pencil eraser came through the bandage.

Twelve hours later, I gently cut off the bandage (no more blood other than the original spot), plucked off the yarrow leaf, and never had to bandage the wound again. Yarrow truly is a “blood stopper.”

Betty Hyatt
Hewitt, Minnesota








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