Yarrow Essential Oil (Achillea millefolium)


Yarrow may also be referred to as Gordaldo, Nosebleed plant, Old man's pepper, Devil's nettle, Sanguinary, Milfoil, Soldier's woundwort, Thousand-leaf, and Thousand-seal. It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the leaves and flowers/buds.


Yarrow oil comes from the Achillea millefolium plant. It has a sweet, spicy scent. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Fruity Herbaceous Sweet Woody

  • Common Name(s): Gordaldo, Nosebleed plant, Old man's pepper, Devil's nettle, Sanguinary, Milfoil, Soldier's woundwort, Thousand-leaf, and Thousand-seal
  • Botanical Family: Asteraceae
  • Botanical Genus: Achillea
  • Chemical Family: Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes
  • Major Compounds: Sabinene, Chamazulene, B-Myrcene, Germacrene D, B-Pinene, Camphor, Camphene
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Consistency: Medium
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium - Strong
  • Color: Dark Blue
  • Indigenous Country: United States
  • Cultivation: Distiller is Certified Organic
  • Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
  • Part Typically Used: Leaves and Flowers/Buds
  • Shelf Life: 4 years
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Yarrow:

Yarrow oil may irritate sensitive skin.

Tisserand and Young caution that a drug interaction may occur if using drugs metabolized by CYP2D6. Neurotoxicity is possible. They recommend a dermal maximum of 8.6%. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 243.]

Safety Precautions for Yarrow:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities

Energetics and Chakras Qualites of Yarrow:

5th Chakra - Speaking Truth Balancing Clarity Grounding Introspective Meditative