(MB: t. 29 (gross), l. 65'; b. 13'; dr. 5' (forward);
s. 13 mph., cpl. 8; a. 1 3-pdr., 2 mg.)
Yarrow (SP-1010)—a wooden-hulled motorboat constructed in 1913 by Kargard of Chicago, Ill.—was formally acquired by the Navy on free lease on 27 August 1917 from Mr. K. D. Clark, exactly a month after she was commissioned on 27 July 1917. Yarrow served as a section patrol craft in the 9th Naval District cruising the waters of Lake Michigan during World War I. Her naval career continued after the armistice, and she was not returned to her owner until 7 March 1919. Simultaneously with the return, her name was struck from the Navy list.
Yarrow and its Medicinal Benefits
Certain plants have always been extremely valuable to us. We know one of them as yarrow. This plant became a powerful ally for us here on Earth a long time ago, as was clearly revealed by its presence in Neanderthal graves discovered in the Mediterranean basin, reportedly dating back around 60,000 years!
Yarrow is steeped in myth and legend it is a plant that many cultures of the world have widely used and revered. Achillea millefolium was named in honour of the Greek god Achilles who according to legend, had course to widely employ this wound staunching herb on the battlefield.
Undoubtedly a sovereign remedy of our herbal medicine cabinet as you will soon see, yarrow rightly remains a favourite of practitioners working with plant medicines. Alongside dandelions and plantains, yarrow is another of our globally available, herbal first aid plants!
Wispy, feathery foliage, which superficially resembles the wild carrot. Yarrow's laciniate leaves, with their thin and finely divided lobes, gave rise to its other common names 'milfoil' and 'thousand leaf'.
New growth will re-emerge from its creeping and steadily spreading rhizomes in early Spring. This root system means we regularly find the plant growing as dense mats. The basal leaves are sometimes quite large and sprawling, always on long petioles, and initially grow in a rosette. When coming into flower, the stem leaves become shorter, sessile, and alternately spaced.
Yarrow blooms from June, with furrowed, flowering stems, typically reaching heights of 60-70cm. Often referred to as 'umbel-like' the untrained eye could initially mistake yarrow's flowering structure for an umbel, and place yarrow in the carrot family.
However, look closely from below, and you will observe numerous flower stalks condensed together high up the stem, and you will see how they do not all originate from a central point on the stem, as per umbelliferous plants.
The composite flowers taste bitter, and have a characteristic medicinal odour. Usually, yarrow has creamy white ray-florets, delicately framing the orange-tinted, central disk-florets. But pink strains of yarrow will frequently be seen. Five or six florets are typically found in each individual flower head.
Yarrow grows in a range of habitats, throughout Britain and Ireland, except for areas which are permanently waterlogged, or on soils that are strongly acidic (pH < 5.5).
It happily colonises waysides, pastures, grassy places, hedgerows, and waste-ground, in town or country, throughout the land. A lover of temperate climates, you can almost always easily find yarrow in Britain, even at altitudes of up to around 1100 metres. On the coast, look in fields by the dunes and stabilised shingle.
Yarrow thrives in harsh conditions without losing a fresh look of vitality. This becomes especially noticeable during droughts, when its dark green foliage stands out from brown and withered neighbouring plants.
Parts used: Leaves / flowering tops.
Leaves: Spring - when young.
Flowers: From July - September, just when opening.
Key medicinal constituents
Volatile oil (including cineol, eugenol, thujone, camphor, azulene) bitter principles tannins salicylic acid, isovalerianic acid.
Actions: Anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, diuretic, diaphoretic, astringent, expectorant, vulnerary.
Pharmacology and uses: As an edible, yarrow will be embraced in the kitchen of the adventurous, and by folk looking for foods that double as preventative medicines.
During spring and early summer, the younger leaves give a lovely, crunchy texture in a mixed salad, while offering slightly bitter, yet subtle and savoury medicinal tones. A strong and intoxicating beer can reportedly be made with yarrow from a number of recipes (watch this space)!
As medicine, yarrow has chiefly been used as a wound herb. The tannins exhibit an astringent effect, on both exterior and interior surfaces of the body.
The volatile oil constituents, such as cineole, have anti septic qualities, while azulene, responsible for the blue colour of the essential oil, not only reduces inflammation, but stimulates the formulation of tissue for wound healing.
Couple this with the general astringency, and yarrow can swiftly, and effectively, help seal and heal all manner of cuts and wounds!
Regularly eating or drinking yarrow helps prevent and treat dyspepsia and ulceration - two conditions that alcohol or caffeine, coupled with a rich diet, can help manifest.
Yarrow promotes a sedative activity on the nervous system, and is often employed as an anti-spasmodic for nervous dyspepsia. Yarrow is acclaimed for helping heal and tone the mucus membranes throughout the gastro-intestinal-tract.
Nature's abundant anti-inflammatory phenol, salicylic acid (aka salicin), can be found in yarrow, just as with meadowsweet (Filipendula sp) or willow (Salix sp). Try yarrow where you can't find chamomile.
As a diaphoretic, yarrow will regularly be used for fevers, and also helps with palpitations, painful menstrual periods, and convulsions as well as being of use as a peripheral vasodilator, diuretic, and mild expectorant.
As with any member of the Asteracea family, there comes slight risk of possible sensitivity for some individuals, especially those with dermatological problems. As ever, always seek professional advice before using wild plants as medicines.
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Christopher Hope BSc Med Hort is the author of a forthcoming book out this year, called 'Medicinal Plants in Town and Country - A Foragers Guide', plus two 'wild plant hunter' foraging CDROMS. An experienced and qualified host, he offers a range of unique, fun, and informative foraging experiences, from walks and courses, to narrowboat day-trip foraging cruises.
Common Yarrow Care
Common yarrow is drought-tolerant and will grow well in poor soil. It's an ideal plant for xeriscaping in desert environments. Yarrow is most often propagated, so you will likely buy it as a plant. To add it to your garden, loosen the soil about 12 to 15 inches deep and add 2 to 4 inches of compost mix it in well. Make sure you use well-draining soil yarrow cannot tolerate wet soil. Space the plants 1 to 2 feet apart so that they can establish easily.
Common yarrow doesn't need much attention, but it can be susceptible to botrytis mold and powdery mildew, both of which will appear as a white powder on the leaves. Treat it with an appropriate fungicide. Yarrow can also be affected by spittlebugs, which look like a speck of spit on plants. If the number of bugs becomes overwhelming, hose them off and use an insecticide applied under high pressure.
Yarrow prefers full sunlight, but it can grow in partial shade. If the plant doesn't get enough sunlight, the long, thin stems can become floppy and need staking.
Common yarrow grows best in dry to medium, well-drained soils, whether sandy clay or sandy loams. It can tolerate poor garden soils. In fact, soils that are too nutrient-rich will encourage aggressive growth, so avoid fertilizer.
Common yarrow is drought-tolerant, but if the garden receives less than 1 inch of rain in any given week, give the plant extra water.
Temperature and Humidity
Yarrow can tolerate hot, humid days, and drought.
Yarrow plants are low-maintenance. An annual side-dressing with compost should be enough. A soil that is too nutrient-rich may encourage the invasive spread of the yarrow plant.
Yarrow Point, a small peninsula located in King County on the east side of Lake Washington, extends a mile northward into the lake, forming the western shore of Yarrow Bay, just south of Kirkland. It is the farthest east of three fingers of land, the other two being Hunts Point and Evergreen Point. Clyde Hill and the SR-520 Highway edge Yarrow Point's southern border. Residents of Yarrow Point can hear caroling bells sound on the quarter hour, echoing across Yarrow Bay from Carillon Point to the east. Pleasure and tour boats crisscross highways through the waters to and from Seattle and Kirkland's harbor, reminders of the busy world across the bay. Before the late nineteenth century, Yarrow Point remained forested and unspoiled, only visited by shifting gray, soft fog, and frequent mists. William Easter filed the first homestead claim in 1886. Later came strawberry, vegetable, and holly farms. Yarrow Point incorporated as a town in 1959. Conserving the peninsula's wetlands and woods has been a key focus of the town.
Until the middle of the twentieth century small farming enterprises that grew strawberries, vegetables, and holly still covered much of Yarrow Point’s 231 acres. In 1902, Edward Tremper purchased a large tract of land and imported holly stock from England to plant on it. By the 1920s, he owned the largest holly farm in the United States. Farmers of Japanese descent came to work for Tremper and on leased land where they grew strawberries and vegetables. During World War II, the policy of Japanese American internment forced the Japanese of Yarrow Point and elsewhere in the Northwest into internment camps. Cano Numoto owned and farmed land west of 92nd Avenue NE and was one of only a few who returned to the Eastside after World War II.
Others who settled on Yarrow Point came for the benefits of its country setting. Samuel Curtiss Foster and his wife Harriett filed a "Declaration of Homestead" document and in 1910 built a cabin on the west side of their one-acre Yarrow Point property that fronted on 92nd Avenue NE and extended eastward to 94th Avenue NE. Counseled by his doctor to move to the more salubrious air of the “country,” Mr. Foster and his wife established a permanent home there that three generations of their family enjoyed from 1910 to 1983. Curtiss Foster moved his Seattle plumbing business to the Eastside, doing this work on many of the early homes on the Point and for schools in Bellevue and Kirkland.
Their daughter Wilma commuted daily via boat to Seattle's Garfield High School, from which she graduated in 1926. Foster cultivated the eastern parcel of his property in corn, beans, and peas, using a draft horse he kept in a barn on Clyde Hill to pull the plow. By 1923 the Fosters, appreciating the benefits of living on the Eastside, decided to build a more permanent home, moving the cabin closer to 92nd Avenue NE at the northeast corner of the intersection of NE 42nd Street. Foster built up the present house from the cabin, doing much of the construction himself. The house remains today (22003) essentially as it was when built, lovingly restored by its current owners.
What’s in a Name?
Two individuals are especially significant to Yarrow Point history because of their contributions to the town’s names. Leigh S. J. Hunt, owner of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, became Yarrow Point’s first land speculator. He bought most of it in 1888 and on its northern shoreline built a large estate he named “Yarrow” after a favorite poem by William Wordsworth. Over time the name “Yarrow” seemed suitable as a name for the location, and the small peninsula became known as Yarrow Point.
In 1907 a Scotsman, George F. Meacham, filed the first development plat for Yarrow Point. He advertised lots for sale and sponsored a contest to name the streets, asking for Scottish names. Sunnybrae, Bonneybrae, Mossgiel, Loch Lane, and Haddin Way continue to appear alongside the numbers on Yarrow Point street signs. In 1913, he deeded two acres for a park that became known as the George F. Meecham-Morningside Park and later the location of the Yarrow Point Town Hall, dedicated in 1990.
Developing a Community
By the 1940s, women on Yarrow Point participated in community service endeavors as members of the Overlake Service League and of the Yarrow Garden Club. In 1946, Yarrow Point established its own Circle of the Overlake Service League. Along with members from neighboring community circles, their efforts included helping the disabled, assisting the Red Cross, providing shoes and sewing clothing for disadvantaged children, and eventually establishing a Thrift Shop off Main Street.
For more than 50 years, since its founding in 1948, the Yarrow Garden Club’s dedication to “knowledge and love of gardening” has contributed to the establishment of beautiful gardens on Yarrow Point and the improvement of its public landscape. Members have also helped beautify Bellevue High School and Clyde Hill Elementary School and contributed to such causes as the Marine Hospital in Seattle and Eastside Handicappers. Founding member Marjorie Baird became a trustee of the University of Washington Arboretum Foundation and chaired the Gardens of the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia.
Yarrow Point citizens voted to incorporate as a town in 1959, and as a result of this decision they began to define and develop the community’s traditions and values.
Yarrow Point’s Fourth of July Celebration
In 1976 celebrations occurred all over the nation to commemorate the bicentennial of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence. On the east side of Lake Washington so many communities organized celebrations that to avoid competition that year Bellevue delayed its own until July 10. For most towns it would be a one-time event. For Yarrow Point, the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration became both a tradition and a transformation.
Minor Lile was Mayor in 1976 and he and his wife Sue gathered together a committee of friends and neighbors to brainstorm what they could do to celebrate. Sue Lile remembers that the idea just came to her: “We really ought to have a Fourth of July celebration on Yarrow Point.” She not only became chair for the next three years, but also launched what would become Yarrow Point’s most important annual community tradition. Neighbors found out they enjoyed celebrating and working on committees together, having a common goal.
As the celebration grew in size and complexity it became more integral to community life, with planning beginning months in advance and more residents focused on it as the commencement of their summer fun and activities. Participation in the annual celebration encouraged friendships and volunteerism in other aspects of community life throughout the year. Chairs of the event sometimes went on to serve on the town’s commissions one eventually even became mayor! No longer just a place to live, the town began to function as a community, putting forth its own set of values as a cohesive future agenda.
The celebration also became the logical time to commemorate other events. In 1979, it became an anniversary party for the town’s incorporation, and 10 years later, in 1989, citizens memorialized another defining occasion for Yarrow Point with the dedication of the Wetherill Nature Preserve.
Wetherill Nature Preserve
The land, so beautiful and so valuable, continues to be the vital source of the outlook and character of Yarrow Point. In 1894, Jacob Furth purchased from Leigh S. J. Hunt a 22-acre plat on the southwest side of Yarrow Point, and established himself and his family as regular summer visitors to what was still a relatively untouched peninsula of land. The new property, located on the comparatively undeveloped eastside of Lake Washington, was only accessible either by boat or by going around the lake over rough, dirt roads. Nevertheless, the impressive lakefront site showed promise.
The Furths built a comfortable country home there to accommodate their family’s summer holiday needs and even gave it a name, calling it Barnabee, after a famous Shakespearean actor. Jacob’s wife Lucy loved to recite passages from the plays and sonnets written by the famous Bard. A farm girl from Indiana, it was also she who had an orchard planted. Otherwise, it was mostly open space with only a few trees on the property. Eventually, the family leased 16 acres of it to the Saiki family to farm.
In 1916 when Lake Washington was lowered nine feet to create the Lake Washington Ship Canal, which provided access from Lake Washington into Puget Sound, the property gained rich lake bottom land at the new lower level along its waterfront boundary. In 1927 Sidonia Furth Wetherill, daughter of Jacob and Lucy Furth, and her husband, Army Colonel Wetherill, took over the Furth estate. Their two daughters, Marjorie and Sidonia loved going there for summer vacations. Later, when daughter Marjorie's husband Hugh Baird was called to war in 1941, she moved there with their two children, and when Hugh returned it became their permanent residence.
After World War II, the leased farm property reverted to a woodland with blackberry vines and small trees thriving where a field of strawberries and vegetables had formerly grown. It became a haven for birds and small animals and even had a resident beaver.
Marjorie and her sister, Sidonia Wetherill Foley, who now lived on the East Coast, became concerned about the preservation of the beautiful piece of land their family had enjoyed for so many years. Eager buyers called Marjorie, inquiring if she would divide it up into parcels for homes. Preferring to conserve its natural beauty, she first contacted the Nature Conservancy, but they wouldn’t guarantee its preservation for perpetuity.
All of this led to what would result in a “gift of a lifetime.” When James Barton, Mayor of Hunts Point, suggested gifting the land to the towns of Hunts Point and Yarrow Point, pledging to guarantee it would be kept as is with the trees, Marjorie and Sidonia could see that gifting the land in this manner would benefit the most people. They officially deeded 16 acres as the Wetherill Nature Preserve on July 4, 1988. Their decision to protect fields and forests from being turned into concrete and housing tracts and to preserve the wildlife is an incredible, unprecedented commitment of individuals to the environment. A sign at the entrance announces that the Wetherill Nature Preserve is a “natural place, a habitat” area. True to that concept, any designs for it have remained simple, primarily giving the public access rather than creating a landscaped garden.
Defining Decisions -- Land and Water Issues
When in 1916 the construction of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and the Lake Washington Ship Canal lowered the level of Lake Washington, the additional shoreline of Yarrow Bay created a wetlands area, a natural sanctuary for wildlife. Along Yarrow Point’s eastern boundary, Yarrow Bay has been the focus of several development attempts. Each has resulted in decisions with vital consequences for the town of Yarrow Point.
The first, proposed in the 1950s by the Austin Company, would have resulted in the creation of a little “Venice.” It envisioned a shopping center, home sites, boat moorage and apartments built along canals. A downturn in the economy prevented its realization, but Yarrow Point citizens understood the significance of the Yarrow Bay project and decided to incorporate as a town in order to have the authority to determine how the town would develop.
In the 1970s developers again proposed to develop Yarrow Bay and claimed it would be the largest development north of San Francisco. Citizens of neighboring communities, including Yarrow Point, founded the Yarrow Bay Conservancy Council. They worked for three years to educate public officials and the community about the importance of preserving the Yarrow Bay wetlands.
Supported by guidelines determined by legislation for wetland protection, a consortium of government agencies established an official wetland boundary for Yarrow Bay. This resulted in preservation of two thirds of the area as “undisturbed wetlands.” In the 1980s, the remaining upland parcel near Lake Washington Boulevard eventually was developed.
A Unique History with Regional Significance
Some may be surprised that Yarrow Point, essentially a neighborhood of homes, has a notable and unique history and that its citizens have contributed to issues with regional significance. Its development as a community reflects the transformation from rural to suburban life repeated throughout the Northwest during the past century.
The Year 2000 census recorded 1,008 residents living in 393 homes on Yarrow Point. From early settlers who were Seattle businessmen, farmers, and small landholders to all those citizens who dedicated time and talent to the community and the town, Yarrow Point’s history is about people and what they value. They value the land and want to preserve it, and they adjust to change by becoming involved and finding solutions. Their history ensures Yarrow Point’s future as well.
Cultural Development Authority of King County
Hotel/Motel Tax Revenues
Wetherill Nature Preserve (dedicated 1988), Yarrow Point, 2003
Map of the Eastside of Lake Washington, including Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond, 2003
Japanese farming strawberries and vegetables, Yarrow Point, 1920s
Courtesy East Side Heritage Center
Farmhouse (1925) on Yarrow Point, 2002
Yarrow Point Town Hall, 1990
Robert E. Ficken and Charles P. LeWarne, Washington: A Centennial History (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1988) Point in Time: A History of Yarrow Point, Washington, ed. by Suzanne Knauss (Yarrow Point, WA: Belgate Printing, 2002) Roger Sale, Seattle: Past to Present (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1976) Jeanne Whiting, Yarrow: a Place (Seattle: 1976).
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- ↑ The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships at http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/y1/yarrow.htm and NavSource Online at http://www.navsource.org/archives/12/171010.htm give Yarrow ' s speed as 13 miles per hour, implying statute miles per hour, an unusual unit of measure for the speed of a watercraft. It is possible that her speed actually was 13 knots (24 km/h). If 13 statute miles per hour is accurate, the equivalent in knots is 11.3.
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Cellar at 3324 Dent Pl NW. Yarrow likely made these bricks, which archeologists date to the early 1800s. (Source: James Johnston)
But demolition may pose a threat to any history that is still on the land. As mentioned, Yarrow was buried there. No one knows precisely where or whether the grave and his remains survive. Also of interest is the brick cellar beneath the house. Yarrow, among his many talents, was an excellent brick maker. An expert has said the bricks date from his time and so could be ones he made. Other artifacts from Yarrow’s occupancy might lie in the dirt under the cellar and in the large back yard. The new owner and the city have reportedly agreed to an archaeological investigation before the demolition.
James H. Johnston is the author of From Slave Ship to Harvard, Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family (Fordham University Press, 2012). The book is available at Amazon.com and other booksellers.
The views posted on Boundary Stones are the views of the authors themselves and do not necessarily represent the views of WETA.
Yarrow SP-1010 - History
Have you spent time in the great outdoors during the warmer part of the year? If so, chances are you have admired the many flower buds and aroma of yarrow. As both an herb and common weed, yarrow is native to the Northern hemisphere. This herb grows freely in grasslands and open meadows, and prefers well-drained soil, with plenty of sunlight. This perennial plant has very small, feather-like leaves, and of course, its most unique feature - an umbrella-shaped flower top. These small clusters of yellow and white flowers allow for yarrow to be easily identified, blooming from June to September.
All parts of the yarrow herb can be used in some fashion - the flower is higher in aromatic oils, and the leaves are higher in tannins. However, you will find that the flower is the most commonly used part, and should be harvested when fully bloomed in the summer. Yarrow’s leaves can be harvested any time of year but are most potent in spring and early summer, while the root is is best harvested in fall.
The medicinal and culinary use of yarrow dates back thousands of years. Fossilized yarrow pollen has been discovered in Iraq at Neanderthal burial caves from 60,000 years ago. A gift from Mother Earth herself, that delivered natural remedies for centuries to come.
One of our favorite facts about yarrow is its historical roots in Ancient Greece. In Greek mythology, it is said that when Achilles was born, his mother dipped him in yarrow tea, holding him by the ankle. When he died, as the hero of the Trojan war, it was a wound on the ankle that took his life, the only place the yarrow bath had not touched. This led to the Greek name for yarrow, Achillea millefolium - get it? Throughout the Trojan war, and wars to come, yarrow was used to stop bleeding from the wounds of soldiers. Yarrow leaves have been used in many battlefields to treat injured soldiers, which led to the commonly used nicknames, “soldier’s woundwort” or “warrior plant”.
In ancient China, yarrow was used to reawaken the spiritual forces of the mind and was thought to balance yin and yang energies, bringing together heaven and earth. The Chinese used yarrow stems as a divination tool during the I-Ching dynasty. In North America, the Native Americans used this herb to relieve both pain and inflammation from tooth, head, and earaches. Native Americans also had remedies with yarrow to reduce fever and promote healthy sleep habits. Tribes used dried yarrow and yarrow tea to ward off flies and mosquitoes. In ritual settings, the plant was boiled to purify an area where sick people lay, cleansing it of any illness. The Teton Dakota People called yarrow “medicine for the wounded”, another nickname that brings light to its incredible properties.
When we hear ‘warrior’ or ‘war’, those tend to be masculine terms, however, yarrow is feminine in nature and is quite commonly found in natural women’s health products. After labor, women may find that a sitz bath can bring relief of discomfort, and ease bleeding. One of the most commonly found herbs in sitz bath concentrates or sprays is yarrow, which helps tone blood vessels and dilates capillaries. Motherlove's Sitz Bath Spray can deliver similar soothing effects packaged in a convenient spray bottle and is perfect for on the go.
The properties in yarrow that make our sitz bath soothing, carry over into Motherlove’s Rhoid Balm as well. Hemorrhoids are anything but comfortable, and mothers have found that having the effects of yarrow in our balm, can help sooth that discomfort and reduce bleeding.
Yarrow reminds us to relax and as it gets to work to bring us comfort and ease. Enjoy this herb in Motherlove’s Rhoid Balm and Sitz Bath Spray.
Yarrow is diuretic, and is therefore a wonderful “carrier” to include with urinary antimicrobial herbs for UTIs and other urinary issues to make sure those herbs get to the urinary system. More on natural remedies for UTI’s here.
“Women could be spared many troubles if they just took yarrow tea from time to time!” – Bavarian priest and herbalist Father Sebastian Kneipp (Treben)
Yarrow tea is both blood moving (if you need to get things flowing) and astringent (which is why it’s a used in this healing postpartum bath sitz recipe). Yarrow has also been shown to reduce menstrual-related discomfort. (ULP)
Yarrow Magical Uses and Properties
- It is the plant of the warrior par excellence, as it gives strength and power, but also deep love. Its healing value is equally recognized for both physical and spiritual wounds.
- It directs its action towards the center of the heart, proving to be particularly useful when used together with mint.
- There is no better remedy against spiritual wounds. It serves to heal wounds of the aura and broken hearts, from a loss. My grandmother used it together with mint and chamomile as an infusion or as incense when someone confided to her during the emotional pain or mourning.
Actually, I’m rediscovering this herb recently. My grandmother used it a lot, and if she wasn’t happy when she found out that she burned it all. I immediately learned that I didn’t like its taste, so it was never my favorite herb. However, when I become older, I changed my mind, and today I use it, not too much as an internal remedy, but I often burn it to help restore the electromagnetic field of mine or of the people who need it.
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Attraction Spell with Yarrow
There is a wide variety of attraction spells that can meet almost any need if you follow the rules and do it with positive intentions.
The first step is the mental one. You need to decide what or who you want.
With that information and a handful of easy-to-find ingredients, you will be able to do the ritual.
If you are new to magic and you want to perform your first spell, don’t worry, this one is easy to do. But if you don’t feel confident enough, you can ask for the assistance of a Wicca practitioner.
That said, make sure that the person you will ask for help is someone you know and trust.
Things you need
- Pink cloth
- Pink incense or similar
- Rose Petals (12)
- Yarrow (Grass)
- Thyme (Herb)
- Rose oil
- Two pink candles
- A dark pink candle
- Ritual blade – athame
How it’s done
Position the altar to the west side and cover it with the cloth.
Light the incense and spread the smoke around your altar.
Sprinkle three candles with rose oil, and then light the two pink candles around your altar at the ends.
Light the third dark pink candle and place it in the center of the altar.
In the cauldron, add the rose petals, thyme, and yarrow. Scatter the herbs.
Draw a circle around the altar with your finger. With the athame, carve what you want in the candle.
After that, say these words:
“The candle of energy, the candle of sight
Make my wishes clear to me tonight.
Candle Fire Energy
Deliver the true desire of my heart.”
Then call the water elements, saying:
“Water resident elements, light-bearers,
Help me send the spell I do tonight.
I feel deep in my heart,
That what comes next binds us stronger.”
Turn off the two pink candles around the altar, allow the dark pink candle to burn on its own (have a base metal tableware for the candle).
Once the entire ritual is finished, clean the altar and cover it with a pink cloth or cloth.
Dispose the used herbs in the garden or a place where you have other herbs.