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Herbal Compresses - How to make

Compresses, herbal compresses


Compresses are a simple way to use herbal remedies externally and can be very effective in relieving sunburns, skin irritations, pain, bruises, swellings, headaches, chest congestion, sore throats and cooling fevers. Warning: Ensure the hot compress temperature is tolerable for the patient. Never apply a hot compress to an open wound or broken skin.

Simply soak a linen cloth in a hot infused liquid (decoction or infusion) or lotion, wring out excess liquid and apply against the injured skin. Both hot and cold compresses can be frequently soaked and the process repeated for maximum benefits. The compress can be secured to the injured area with a bandage or first aid plasters and left on the injured part for two hours or until the swelling is reduced.

Suggested herbs for compresses:

Chamomile and arnica have anti-inflammatory properties ideal for bruises, aches and pains.

Peppermint for soothing headaches, sporting sprains and muscle strains.

Lavender for skin irritations, swelling and acne

Aloe Vera for chest pains and sunburn

Eucalyptus for nose, throat and chest congestion

Basil leaves for body itches

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal medications



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