Saturday, January 21, 2012

Yarrow Wound Wash

Its a very balmy and humid day here with temps in the mid to high 70's.  And yes, it really is January.  Last week we had nights down to 32...welcome to Texas.
Today I should be doing dishes and sweeping and mopping floors, but am I?  Not when something more fun enters my mind.
I made decorated labels for my yarrow wound wash.  Printed out on scrapbook paper and accented with pretty silver borders I bought months ago.  I think it turned out quite nicely and will look ever so much prettier in my bathroom, not to mention that it now says what it is instead of what it used to be--which was Bombay Sapphire Gin.  It was a bit pricey but I really liked the blue bottle which will be used for years to come.
This is a photo of what's inside, lots of yarrow flower heads in the gin.  I made this 2 years ago from the yarrow that grows in the garden and you can see I've used a bit of it.  I use it just like alcohol or peroxide, though I have both of those in the cupboard too--in their boring plastic bottles.
Yarrow is a wonderful antiseptic and helps woulds heal faster, I tend to think all the herbal stuff in this gin will help as well.  According to the sides of the bottle it has almonds, lemon peel, liquorice, juniper berries, iris roots, angelica, coriander, cassia bark, cubeb berries and grains of paradise.  The fact that its 94% proof probably helps too.
Anyway I went to use some on what may be a spider bite, I don't know as I never felt it until it swelled a bit last night, doesn't look bad but I'll keep an eye on it as we do have brown recluse spiders here.  After use I decided it was time for nicer labels, one on front and back, both the same.
So what are you doing for fun today?


Suztats said...

Neat stuff, LadyHawthorne!
Today we have a high of -14C, and new snow on top of ice. I'm looking forward to Monday--it's supposed to be +8C. I wonder how much of the snow and ice will melt?

jenclair said...

Lovely bottle! Yarrow is one of my favorites (although it nearly took over my old garden!).

I've done a little straightening up today. I had embroidery floss scattered everywhere, so I've been re-organizing to be able to find the colors I want more quickly.

Karen said...

What a great idea.. looks nice.

Judy S. said...

Interesting, I had no idea that yarrow has antiseptic properties. That hamster of yours is too funny!
Recluse spiders are bad news; I was just reading about a guy that lost part of his finger after being bitten.

Susan said...

I love that bottle! I would have paid the extra for it, too. Think of it as amortized over time. LOL I didn't know this about yarrow, only that it makes an interesting tea good for reducing fever and as a sleep aid. I will have to look for some this spring when I plant my herbs.

Tina Marie said...

Beautiful bottle and label! I can't wait until my plant if producing more flowers!

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