External Applications in Anthroposophic Nursing

Yarrow Lower Abdomen Compress

Kind of substance


Guiding principle for the application

As an old German gynecology saying goes: “Yarrow in the body does every woman good” (“Schafgarb’ im Leib tut wohl jedem Weib”). Yarrow is also called soldier’s woundwort, herbal militaris and sanguinary.

Guiding Principle for the substance


  • Amenorrhea
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Hypermenorrhea



  • 1 tbsp. yarrow (flowers and leaves), chopped
  • ½ liter boiling water
  • Small pot
  • 1 medium-sized basin
  • 1 sieve
  • Outer cloth
  • Intermediate cloth
  • Inner cloth
  • Hot-water bottle, filled flat with hot water

  • Place the outer and intermediate cloths on the bed at the level of the buttocks
  • The patient lies down
  • Put the tea herb in the pot
  • Pour boiling water over it, cover and let stand for about 3–5 minutes, then strain into the bowl.
  • Fold the inner cloth to fit the lower abdomen and place it in the solution
  • Take it to the patient
  • Wring out the inner cloth (with a wringing aid, if necessary)
  • Lay it on the lower abdomen
  • Pull the intermediate cloth firmly over the lower abdomen from both sides.
  • Wrap on the outer cloth in the same way
  • Place the hot-water bottle on top
  • Duration: 30 min., then remove all the cloths
  • 30 minutes of post-treatment rest
  • Possibly leave a hot-water bottle if the patient cannot maintain the warmth

Rinse out the inner cloth and hang up all the cloths to dry

Well-proven in many patients
1–2 x daily
Onset of effect
Length of therapy
  • As often as necessary in acute cases
  • In case of chronic problems administer as a daily cure; start after menstruation and stop before the next menstruation
Other recommended therapies
Alchemilla (“Lady’s mantle”) tea, drink 2–3 cups of tea daily (dried herb, freshly brewed)

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Case example

18-year-old woman, menstruating since the age of 12, suffers from very severe abdominal cramps during every menstruation. Often, she cannot go to school for 1–2 days. Inspired by a lecture on women’s ailments, she gave herself the yarrow lower abdomen compress. She was astonished by immediate pain relief already from the first application. Since then she has been using this compress successfully on a regular basis.


TB, Red.