How to treat arthritis with a comfrey poultice

Arthritis is a disorder that causes inflammation in the joints, the places where two bones meet within the body. Symptoms of arthritis include joint pain, swelling, stiffness, redness, inflammation, tenderness and warmth. There are many kinds of arthritis, including gout, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Comfrey is an herb traditionally celebrated as an arthritis remedy. According to "Rodale's Encyclopedia of Natural Home Remedies," it soothes and heals inflamed tissues while reducing the pain and swelling caused by arthritis.

Crush four or five fresh comfrey leaves with a mortar and pestle until fine.

Spread the ground leaves on a gauze bandage using a large spoon. Add 3 to 5 teaspoons of water to the leaves to make a paste.

Bind the bandage to the arthritis-afflicted area. Use a safety pin to secure it.

Leave the bandage on overnight. Cover it with cling film, if desired, to prevent sheet staining.

Take off the bandage in the morning. Repeat the procedure nightly for two weeks or until the pain is gone.


The leaves and roots of the comfrey plant can be used to make a wash, ointment, or poultice for the treatment of varicose veins, bruises, muscular pain, pulled tendons, bed sores, shingles and other conditions. A pestle is a heavy bat-shaped stick. Its end is used for grinding and crushing substances. A mortar is a hard bowl, generally made of clay, wood, marble or stone. They are used together to prepare herbal remedies.


Comfrey is not generally recommended for internal use.

Things You'll Need

  • Comfrey leaves
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Gauze bandage
  • Large spoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Water
  • Safety pins
  • Cling film
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Kent Page McGroarty has worked as a writer since 2006, contributing numerous articles to various websites. She is a frequent contributor to the health and fitness sections of the online magazine EDGE Publications and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Saint Joseph's University.