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. 


My Results

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.


  1. Isn’t that the best, when it takes a few seconds to realise something doesn’t hurt any more? Plantar Fasciitis is the WORST, not being able to walk properly sucks. I’ve tried all kinds of things and nothing has worked so far, so I’m looking forward to giving this a shot. Will come back and share my success story when I have one!

    • Yes, yes, yes, Shirley… please do report back! As time goes on, I’ll be doing other posts on herbs that are great for inflammation. As a sneak preview, you may have heard about turmeric, which is a wonderful herb for inflammation in any part of the body (some herbs have an affinity for certain body systems). You can take turmeric fresh or dried as a tea or pill; you may even use it as a tincture. But the thing a lot of people don’t know about turmeric is that it’s most effective when taken with some kind of fat. It could be anything… milk in a tea, a turmeric pill with your biscuit and butter, make a curry with it… absolutely anything that has a bit of fat content. The reason being that the most active anti-inflammation constituents in turmeric are lipid-soluble (vs. water-soluble). By taking the turmeric with fat, these constituents are able to dissolve into molecules that are small enough to be delivered into your body’s cells and are thus more effective in relieving the inflammation.

  2. My father has plantar fasciitis and he sometimes is bothered by it. I will definitely recommend him two remedies. However does my father have to do it before bed time? I don’t think that he can remember every night. I just need to be there to remind him about it.
    Can you suggest different method for this situation?

    • No, it’s not a requirement that the Arnica oil be done before bed time. I was probably too prescriptive in my recommendation but both the tea and the Arnica oil topical treatment can be done at any time of day when convenient.

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