Warm and Cold Compresses

In my view, two basic  principles of  natural health are:

  1. detoxification
  2. improving circulation.

These two must be done side by side with the recommended home remedies. In all instances always consult with your health care practitioner if the condition does not improve in a day or two.

A compress is a way of applying pure essential oils directly to the affected area to:

  • reduce inflammation
  • promote healing
  • ease the symptoms of aches and pains.

How to make compresses

Warm compresses are particularly beneficial for earache, chronic backache, rheumatic pain and osteoarthritis.

  1. Fill a bowl with hot water.
  2. Add three to five drops of pure essential oils to the water.
  3. Place a folded piece of cotton cloth, cotton wool or  a face wash cloth in the water
  4. Wring out and apply to affected area.
  5. Cover top of wet compress with cling wrap.
  6. Wrap in dry warm towel for five minutes.
  7. Repeat two to five times.

Cold compresses can be made the same way but using cold water and ice blocks. These are useful for soothing pain of an acute nature caused by conditions like headaches, sprains and bruises.

Earache: a combination of lavender and chamomile pure essential oils is most effective. Use a hot compress over the ear to draw the inflammation outwards and also help draw out any pus that may be present. Seek medical help if the earache gets worse or is accompanied by fever or swelling.

Arthritis: a mix of wintergreen, ginger and frankincense pure essential oils can be very  helpful. Apply hot and then cold compresses alternating every five minutes at least three to five times each.  Afterwards, dress warmly and keep the affected joint moving for at least 20 minutes. A half hour walk is ideal.

I have found the combination of aromatherapy and the wisdom of Chinese  medicine opens more doors, enabling people to take charge of their health naturally.

“The Chamomile shall teach thee patience that rises best when trodden upon”

Old English Saying