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HERBAL POULTICES
WRAPS, & COMPRESSES
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  • Description
  • Herbal Poultice Recipes
  • Herbal Wrap Recipes
  • Herbal Compress Recipes




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    DESCRIPTION

    You can make a poultice to draw infection, treat boils and abcesses, relieve inflammation or a rash or simply draw the poison from a bee sting! A homemade poultice is made by mashing herbs, plant material or another substance with warm water or natural oils to make a paste. The paste can be applied directly to the skin and covered with a piece of clean cloth. If the herb used is potent such as Onion, Garlic, Ginger, Mustard, etc., you may want a layer of thin cloth between the skin and the herb. The cloth can then be covered with plastic wrap to hold in the moisture. The poultice can be changed every 3 to 4 hours or whenever it dries out.

    A compress is used the same way but usually warm liquids are applied to the cloth instead of raw substances. Tinctures or herbal infusions are great for compresses.

    Wraps are like compresses that cover a large area of the body. The body or body part is then wrapped in fabric to allow detoxifying benefits to occur, often toning the skin with the loss of toxins. There can be full body wraps.

    The list of ingredients to use for a homemade poultice is endless!

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    HERBAL POULTICE RECIPES


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    QUICK & EASY POULTICES FOR BOILS, INFECTIONS, ABCESSES & INFLAMMATION

    The following poultice ingredients have properties to draw out infections reduce inflammation. These poultices can even be used to treat chest congestion, hemorrhoids and earaches. Do not forget that you can use poultices or compresses on your pets and livestock as well as human members of your family.

  • ONION POULTICE: Mash raw Onion and mix with warm water or organic plant oils. You may want a thin layer of cloth between your skin and the onion. An onion poultice is useful for treating chest congestion from colds, flus, asthma and bronchitis. Onions have the ability to relieve congestion, especially in the lungs and bronchials. Raw onion applied to the skin for several minutes is also a remedy for insect bites or stings.

  • POTATO POULTICE: Grate a raw Potato and make your paste. A potato poultice is good for inflammation and eye troubles such as conjunctivitis. Potato is also used for insect bites.

  • MUSTARD POULTICE: Mash some Mustard seeds, or use powdered dry mustard, and mix with natural oil or water and apply. Use thin cloth between paste and skin. A homemade mustard poultice is very powerful and can burn your skin if applied directly.

  • PLANTAIN POULTICE: Plantain is a commom weed that has great drawing power. Plantain is a short, broadleaf plant often seen growing in lawns and along roadsides and sidewalks. Mash the fresh leaves until they are well pulverized for the paste or use a tincture as a compress. Great for application to insect bites. A quick and simple remedy while doing yardwork or camping, Pick a leaf or two and chew them up, then rub the mash into the insect bite and hold for several minutes. You can hold a bandaid to hold it in place. The itching will continue for a while but before long you will forget it was there. This remedy has worked on deer fly bites than can make you miserable for a week or more. Can also be combined with mashed Comfrey Leaves for added healing benefits. For minor injuries resulting in bruising, make a mash out of several comfrey and plantain leaves until they are slimy and covered with plant juices. Apply mash directly to the injury. Wrap with gauze to hold in place. Leave on for several hours or overnight. Repeat as needed to help draw the pooled blood out of the bruise. This bruising remedy was used on my middle son when he fell off the back step and jammed his finger into the pavement, resulting a sprain and dark bruising. After a few applications immediately after the injury and a few times during the evening to overnight, his bruising was minimized and his finger was feeling much better. Be sure to use leaves away from polluted road sides or chemically treated lawns.

  • COMFREY POULTICE: Comfrey roots and leaves have great healing properties especially where bones and ligaments are involved! Make a poultice out of comfrey for any aches or pains. To make a comfrey poultice for sprains and bruises, snip or crush a small handful of comfrey leaves into a dish. The juices with be slimy and mucous-like. Pour enough boiling water on the leaves to cover them. Mash into a pulp with a spoon. A pestle and mortar works well if you have one available. Let it cool a little then spread the pulp directly on the affected area. Cover with gauze and bandage to hold the poultice in place. Leave on for several hours.

  • ACTIVATED CHARCOAL POULTICE: Activated Charcoal has super absorbing properties beneficial for absorbing toxic substances. It is often utilized in some forms of poison control by neutralizing ingested poisons by absorbing them. Activated charcoal is readily available from any pharmacy or drug store and should be an ingredient in your firstaid kit. It is available in powder or paste form.

  • TURMERIC POULTICE: Turmeric, also known as Curcuma, makes a great drawing poultice for boils and infections. For even better results take up to one teaspoon Tumeric in a cup of warm milk along with using the external tumeric poultice.

  • CAYENNE PEPPER POULTICE: Cayenne makes a great poultice or compress for arthritis joint pain and other aches and pains. Cayenne is often used in liniments and creams for its capsaicin properties. If used as a poultice, use a thin cloth between paste and skin if your skin is sensitive.

  • BREAD & MILK POULTICE: This type of poultice works well for infections and boils. Simply heat milk and add a bit of bread, wrap in gauze or cheese cloth and place on cut or wound. Use as hot as you can stand it. Repeat a few times a day as long as necessary. It works pretty fast and often much better than over-the-counter (OTC) products.

  • LEMON BALM POULTICE: Lemon Balm leaves make a poultice for small wounds, cold sores and insect bites.

  • SLIPPERY ELM & THYME POULTICE: Slippery Elm has great healing properties and Thyme is a great antiseptic useful for skin eruptions and boils. Try a Plantain poultice for boils also. To make the poultice, mash thyme land comfrey leaves. Cover with boiling water. Mash into a pulp with a spoon. A pestle and mortar works well if you have one available. Pour off excess water and mix in 2 tablespoons Slippery Elm powder. Let it cool a little then spread the pulp directly on the boil or enclose the pulp in gauze. Cover with gauze and bandage to hold the poultice in place. Leave on for several hours.





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    HERBALWRAPS RECIPES


    Recipe pages will be added as they are completed.


    HERBAL BODY WRAPS

    The body wrap produces therapeutic and cosmetic benefits by cleansing the body of toxins and reducing inches. Body wraps are great for anyone who wants to improve, tone and tighten the look and texture of their skin, including people with loose skin from weight loss or pregnancy. Also those who experience joint pain and inflammation will benefit from the therapeutic effects of body wraps.

    A simple wrap can be a mixture of a Clay and some natural Sea Salt. To the simple wrap you can add more complex ingredients such as herbs and up to 2 tablespoons of an essential oil. Sample of essential oils used include Lavender Oil, Sage Oil, Lemon Oil, Sandlewood Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Rosemary Oil, Grapefruit Oil, and Olive Oil. A sample of herbs include Alfalfa leaf powder, Basil leaf powder, Chamomile flower powder, Rose Petal powder, and Rosehip powder.


    CLAY BODY WRAP RECIPE

    1 cup Bentonite or Green Clay
    1/4 cup Sea Salt
    2 tablespoons Olive Oil
    2 cups Water

    Boil water and add sea salt until it is dissolved. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Adjust the water if necessary to form a wet paste. Rub the mixture over your entire body and cover yourself with thin towels or a clean white sheet. Most salons will recommend that you use proper wrapping sheets as the compaction helps to squeeze the tissues together for greater results. Lay in the tub for a minimum of 45 minutes to one hour.


    BODY WRAP SESSION TIPS

    Body wraps are messy and the best place to take the wrap is in the bath tub. It can also be boring laying in the tub and staring at the ceiling for 45 minutes. To help make the time go by faster, you can listen to your favorite music on a walkman or bring in a portable television. Or you can simply light some scented candles, lay back with a pillow behind your head and close your eyes with slices of cucumber over your eyelids and practice your meditation and visualization skills.

    Take a warm shower before applying the wrap to open the pores. Drink lots of water both before and after your wrap to help flush out toxins. You can cover yourself with an inexpensive foil thermal blanket to keep warm.

    ALTERNATIVE DETOX METHODS

  • EPSOM SALTS FOR DETOX: Another simple way to draw toxins out of the body is to take a hot Epsom Salt bath. Hot water draws toxins out of the body to the skinís surface, and while the water cools it pulls toxins from the skin. When magnesium sulfate (epsom salt) is absorbed through the skin in a bath, it helps to draw toxins from the body, reduce swelling and relax muscles. Epsom salts are named for the mineral rich waters of Epsom, England, where they were known at least as far back as Shakespeare's day.


    EPSOM SALT DETOX BATH RECIPE

    1 cup Epsom Salts
    handful of Sea Salt 2 tablespoons of Bath Oil

    Pour the ingredients into the tub while the tub is filling. Caution: Do not take hot baths if you have high blood pressure, heart, diabetic or kidney troubles.




    EPSOM SALT SCRUB RECIPE

    Massage a handful of Epsom Salts, mixed with 1 tablespoon of Bath Oil or Olive Oil, over wet skin to cleanse, exfoliate and soften the rough spots. Rinse well.


    clay mud for body wrap


    To make this herbal body wrap recipe, you need to prepare Green Clay, Sea Salt, alfalfa leaf powder, chamomile flower powder, lemongrass oil, extra virgin olive oil and of course, water.

    Body wraps, although messy, are easy to do and most people do not need any help from others. Body wraps are designed to be performed in the privacy of your own home. You do not need any special equipment. The items you need to perform a wrap are wrap cloths, the ingredients, and items that are found in every household, such as stainless steel pot, mixing bowl, spoon, etc. Making your own wraps guarantee that there are no unwanted filler ingredients in the wrap. It has only what you put into it. Body wraps will work as long as there is adequate absorption and circulation from the skin. Body wraps hlep with cellulite, water retention, blemishes, skin tone, and more. They may help to release fat out of the body's cells into the lymphatic system.The fat is then carried out of the body naturally through normal circulation. It takes approximately 1-1/2 hours your first body wrap. You will be in your wrap for only 60 minutes, but additional time is needed for measuring, wrapping and unwrapping.

    You can wrap in the nude, or, women can be wrapped in a bra and panties or a bikini, and men can be wrapped in underwear or swim trunks. A body wrap was designed to take off inches and detoxify the body. It is natural to experience a weight loss when you experience a fat loss. To maximize your results, it is recommended that you get wrapped once a week for 6 weeks. for maintenance and to continue detoxification, wrap once a month.

    If you have medical problems, you should always consult with your health care provider before you try anything new or different. a body wrap is no exception.

    The end product of body wrapping is that it can clean and reduce infection and heals dry skin, soothes aching muscles, soothes your nervous system and helps release nervous tension and decrease headaches, prevent scarring and softens your skin.

    Afterward, Your skin will be conditioned and appear smoother and tighter after wrapping. If you have recently lost weight and need to tighten your skin and body, the body wrap is a quick and easy way to help do this. One of the first things you will notice is a visible improvement in the cellulite dimples and ripples within the first few wraps. Results can usually be seen from the very first wrap, but individual results vary from individual to individual. If you have problems in only a few areas you can wrap the problem spots to make them slimmer and to shrink fat and lose inches. It is recommended that your first wrap is a full body wrap before doing spot wraps.





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    HERBAL COMPRESS RECIPES


    Recipe pages will be added as they are completed.


    HERBAL COMPRESS
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    A herbal compress is simply an absorbant cloth soaked in prepared herbal tea or a herbal tincture and appie to the affected area of the body. A compress can be can be used hot or cold depending upon need. They are useful for treating body aches and pains, headaches, sore throat and skin conditions. It is helpful to have two cloths soaking in herbal preparation so as the first applied cloth cools (if hot compress) or warms (if a cold compress) it can be removed and the second cloth can be immediately applied without waiting. The first cloth can the be placed back into the tea to prepare it for re-application.

    A gentle and effective treatment for too much heat or minor bumps and bruises can come in the tried-and-true form of an herbal compress. This preparation brings the healing constituents of herbs and the soothing sensations of a cool damp cloth close to your skin to accelerate the natural healing process. When draped around the skin, the moisture of the tea soaked towel softens the skin and allows the healing herbs to penetrate deep into your body.

    Unlike a warm compress, a cold compress constricts blood vessels, which helps ease swelling, as well as reduce some kinds of pain. You can use a cold compress to soothe insect bites, sunburns, and general skin irritations. Cold compresses can also help speed healing in situations of bruising, occasional swollen glands, and minor strains and sprains.

    The fun thing about compresses is that you do not need an excuse to make one up to enjoy! Making a cold compress on a hot day can be a pleasant way to escape the heat and incorporate topical herb treatments and aromatherapy into to your daily life. A few of your favorite herbs for skin care can transport you to a spa oasis in your own home and remind you that you never need an excuse to treat yourself extra special!

    HOW TO MAKE A HOT HERBAL COMPRESS

    1. First make a strong tea with your desired herbs. Typically, use about 3 tablespoons per cup of water. A cotton muslin bag and a ceramic bowl is used for steeping, but you could do this in a sauce pan or tea pot. Use your tea while warm, usually as warm as your skin allows without causeing discofort or burning. Like bath water, you can test it with your elbow for warmth.

    2. Soak a clean piece of fabric/cotton material in the tea and squeeze excess tea out of the cloth.

    3. Place soaked cloth on your skin and wrap around the area in need. Let sit and enjoy the warming herbal sensation! Reapply when the compress cools.

    HOW TO MAKE A COOLING HERBAL COMPRESS

    1. First make a strong tea with your desired herbs. Typically, use about 3 tablespoons per cup of water. A cotton muslin bag and a ceramic bowl is used for steeping, but you could do this in a sauce pan or tea pot. Let your tea cool, or place in the refrigerator to cool quickly.

    2. Soak a clean piece of fabric/cotton material in the tea and squeeze excess tea out of the cloth.

    3. Place soaked cloth on your skin and wrap around the area in need. Let sit and enjoy the cooling herbal sensation!


    COOLING HERBAL COMPRESS RECIPE

    3 Tablespoons organic Calendula flowers or organic Lavender flowers
    3 Tablespoons organic Peppermint leaf
    3 Tablespoons organic Sage leaf
    3 Tablespoons organic Chamomile flowers
    3 cups Water

    Steep, strain, cool, soak, and wrap!


    SUGGESTED HERBS FOR COMPRESSES

  • BUG BITES: Basil, Plantain, Green Tea.

  • MILD BURNS: Cleavers, Peppermint, Sage, Eucalyptus, Marshmallow Root, Chamomile, Chaparral, Green Tea, Rose.

  • GENERAL SKIN IRRITATION: Plantain, Chamomile, Calendula, St. Johns Wort, Lavender, Rose








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