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Wildcrafting with Yarrow

One of our wildcrafting challenges was to find wild yarrow and use it in a recipe or make something with it. We chose to make a yarrow salve because its supposed to be great fro cuts, burns, rashes, and stings. Fi is pretty clutzy so it will be good to have on hand I'm sure! Plus, it's relatively easy to make which I'm all about so we located some yarrow and double checked that it was the right thing because yarrow looks similar to Queen Anne's Lace and also to poison hemlock.

To make the salve you must first make a solar infusion by adding the yarrow to a carrier oil such as almond oil and then leaving it in a sunny window for at least 2 weeks. The longer you leave it to infuse, the more potent it becomes. We left ours in Fi's window for 2 weeks this time.

Fi couldn't wait a day longer than two weeks and happily bounded downstairs with the infusion ready for the next step.

Fi will walk you through the next steps

1. We used a cheesecloth to drain the flowers out of the oil into a pot.

2. We then added 2 tbsp of beeswax into the pot.

3. We then used the double boiler method to melt the beeswax with the oil. (Adult supervision required).

4. Once the beeswax has melted into the oil, pour it into a jar to cool and viola! Now you are ready for any bumps or bruises headed your way!

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That looks very interesting.

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