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Yarrow - a lovely perennial weed grown in many herb gardens, for it has a multitude of uses. Cut the flowering tops (use only white-flowering yarrow) and use alcohol (80 proof) to make a strongly-scented tincture. A US Army study showed yarrow tincture to be more effective than DEET at repelling ticks, mosquitoes, and sand flies. Take internally prevent colds and the flu (dose is 10-20 drops). Yarrow oil is antibacterial, pain-relieving, and helpful in healing all types of wounds.