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Compresses are aromatherapy preparations, oils, plant juices or herbal mixtures using cotton cloth and applied to specific areas on the body. They assist in the circulation of lymph or blood to a specific area, which may relieve conditions such as varicose veins, goiters or muscular pain.

Cold compresses may ease congestion in the head, insomnia, fever, indigestion, sprains, sore throats and bruises. Hot compresses may relieve any internal congestion over a specific organ.


Poultices are a useful form of treatment for external skin irritations or drawing out any type of unwanted material from the skin. In addition, they nourish the skin and can be absorbed into the lymph and blood beneath the skin. Poultices are an excellent way of softening and dispersing material that has become hardened, such as scar tissue.

Poultices may be prepared with herbs, clay, apple cider vinegar or slippery elm powder.


Packs are made with flannel cloth and mineral or castor oil. The flannel cloth is saturated with the oil and applied to an area of congestion on the body. These packs have a drawing power of four inches within the body and have the ability to alleviate painful conditions such as endometriosis, muscular tension, back pain and liver toxicity.


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