Arthritis and Yarrow
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Phillip
Posted on: September 2, 1999

My mother has a type of arthritis, I’m unsure which type. I do know that she gets a dull ache in her hands when she does work with her fingers. There is an abundance of yarrow around, and I was thinking of preparing some for her, but I thought I should consult someone. Would you suggest that I use the yarrow, and if so, how would I prepare it?

Yarrow has anti-inflammatory properties that can help with an inflammatory type of arthritis (one with swelling or redness). It is also helps to bring blood and its healing nutrients to peripheral areas such as the hands. To prepare a tea from the fresh herb, steep a tablespoon of the leaves and flowers in a cup of boiling water for 15 minutes in a covered cup or teapot. If you are using dried Yarrow, use one teaspoon per cup of water.

In all types of arthritis, it is important to avoid certain foods, to improve blood circulation and support all of the body’s elimination functions (elimination through the skin, the bowels and the kidney). This will help to eliminate the toxins that are now being deposited in the joints. For more information on arthritis, please go to our website at, choose "Q&A", then choose "Search Richters Q and A" and enter the word "arthritis" for the search.

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