A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you an herbal remedy I’ve used to successfully treat pain from plantar fasciitis. Well, I’ve come across another one, quite by accident, that I have been using for the past 5 days that has been effective as well. This one is in the form of a tea, so the two remedies can be used together without interfering with one another.
Celery Seed (Apium graveolens)
I was experimenting with celery seed, which is known to alleviate inflammation, as a way to heal kn. I was actually using it to find some quick relief for knee arthritis pain. The best thing for the condition is to keep active, however, once you sit still for awhile, the joint stiffens and causes pain upon movement. As the painful inflammation builds up, it’s important to lubricate the joints, so to speak, just like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz.
I drank one cup of the tea before I went to bed. Although I like celery, the tea is super strong, more like a celery (10x). I’ll admit, that a mug of tea isn’t exactly the best thing to do before bedtime if you want uninterrupted sleep. But the surprise came when I got out of bed in the morning. Since I’ve resumed exercising, usually when I step down on my right foot first thing in the morning, there’s a little pain from the plantar fasciitis, so I end up limping to the bathroom. Well on this morning, I stepped full down on my right foot and took a few steps before I noticed — Hey! there’s no pain! I was able to move through my morning exercise class without pain in my foot, but I didn’t notice any appreciable difference in my knees until about 3 days later.
How to Use Celery Seed
Just like the Arnica oil treatment from my other post, the benefits eventually wear off and the pain returns, however, I noticed that the pain returns much faster when taking the celery seed tea only once per day. For this reason, I would recommend the two remedies be used together with the celery seed being taken 2-3 times a day at roughly equal intervals, to keep it built up in your system, and a massage with the Arnica oil just before bedtime.
Preparing Celery Seed for Medicinal Use
When preparing tea, most of us think of making what is called an infusion. An infusion is an immersion of the herb in water, usually boiling water, and letting it steep for several minutes. In this case, the herb is always comprised of substances with little to no skin — flowers, leaves, and stems. The point of this is to extract the flavor, smells, and medicinal compounds from the herb, whether dried or fresh.
However, to extract the medicine from celery seed — and other herbal substances with thick, sinewy skins, like roots, bark, berries, and seeds — you have to prepare a decoction. Decoction is a more aggressive process, whereby, high heat is applied to the herb continuously, for approximately 20 minutes, to extract the medicinal compounds. Unfortunately, the types of substances that require decoction aren’t usually prized for their flavor or their smell.