This very fundamental type of therapy involves the folding of a piece of material, bandage or small hand towel into a pad, wetting it and putting on the location to be cared for.

Two kinds of compresses may be utilized – these being cold or hot, and each of them has a particular role in the healing of muscular pain, sprains, and improving circulation.

Hot compresses are also effective for decreasing pain and congestion of the internal organs, and relieving lymphatic and fluid congestion.

When to Use a Hot Compress

Hot compresses are applied on old injuries, muscle pain, rheumatic pain, monthly period cramps, boils, and toothaches. It is very simple to learn how to make a hot compress.

How to Make a Hot Compress

To prepare a hot compress, get about a pint of hot water (as warm as you can comfortably stand it), and mix approximately 4 drops of your chosen essential oil to it.

Next, place your folded piece of cloth, bandage or small towel on top of the water and let it become saturated. Then wring out the extra water and put it over the area to be treated.

Cover the warm compress with either cling wrap or a plastic bag as well as an additional towel on top to hold it in place. You may bind the compress gently if used in a difficult spot where it keeps falling off.

Keep the compress on and exchange for a new compress right away when it has cooled down to body temperature.

When to Use a Cold Compress

Cold compresses are applied to new sprains, bruising, swelling and inflammation, a fever and mild to severe headaches. They can also be used as a pick-me-up when tired.

How to Make a Cold Compress

A cold compress is prepared precisely the same as the hot compress, but ice or chilled water is used rather than hot water. A cold compress is exchanged once it has warmed up to body temperature.

Using Essential Oils with Compresses

To choose your essential oil for use with a compress, have a look at the healing properties of the essential oils. Also view the individual essential oil profiles in order to make the most beneficial selection(s).

Please remember that all significant ailments need to be referred to your licensed medical professional.

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