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How to make a compress, lotion, poultice


The preparation of the poultices is slightly different from each other, depending on which poultice you want to make. If you want to do dry of sand or ash, then you need to warm them thoroughly in the oven or in a frying pan on the stove, and then pour them into a bag of dense fabric and can be applied to the sore spot, after putting the towel in place, the towel is removed as the sand cools down. For the poultry, you can use mashed hot potatoes or oats steamed without water in the oven. This poultice is called semi-moist, for its use, prepared potatoes (or oats) are wrapped in cotton cloth, allowed to cool to a temperature that can be tolerated and applied directly to the body, covered with compress paper, and wrapped on top with a woolen scarf or plaid. Also come from wet poulticesfor which flax seeds, bran or medicinal plants like chamomile, calendula, etc. are used steamed in water.

How to make a compress, lotion, poultice

Each subsequent layer should be 2 cm wider than the previous one to avoid premature evaporation of moisture. A compress prepared in this way is carefully applied to a part of the body so that the moist layer closely adjoins the skin, and the rest excessively cover it. Then the compress is carefully bandaged. You can tie a bandage on top with a warm woolen scarf or scarf.

The duration of the compress should be an average of 6-8 hours, but not more than 12 hours. Compresses are changed in the morning and evening. To avoid skin irritation, the place of application of the compress when changing it is thoroughly wiped with warm water, dried with a warm soft towel and take a break for 2 hours. To apply a new compress, you need to take clean material.

For compresses, warm water, a weak solution of vinegar (1 teaspoon per 0.5 l of water), vodka, cologne or alcohol diluted with water can be used.
If a rash appears, the skin should be sprinkled with talcum powder, powder. If, after applying the compress, the patient feels chills, the compress is not applied correctly - it must be urgently removed and reapplied. If the oilcloth or cotton wool does not completely cover the gauze or the compress is poorly bandaged, the outside air penetrates between them and the skin, and the water, evaporating intensely, does not cause warming, but cooling the skin. That is why the compress must be applied very carefully, observing the above rules.

The correctness of applying a warming compress is checked by slipping a finger under the bandage and determining the humidity of the inner layer. If after 2 hours the inner layer is wet, the compress is applied correctly.

If a warming compress is applied to a sore surface, patients should lie in bed. Vodka and especially alcohol compresses evaporate and dry faster, so they often have to be changed. Such compresses can not be used for a long time, since they strongly irritate the skin.
Cold compresses (lotions) are applied for injuries, bruises, bleeding. They cause local cooling and narrowing of blood vessels, reduce blood supply and pain. For a cold compress, take a piece of gauze or a cloth folded in several layers, moisten with cold water, squeeze it and put it on the right place for 2-3 minutes, until the compress warms up - then it is replaced with a new one.

Poultices are used in local inflammatory processes for their speedy resolution. To do this, use flaxseed, bran or sand. The sand is well heated (bran and seed are boiled), placed in linen bags, then applied to the skin and covered with oilcloth, woolen shawl or blanket. To slow down the cooling of the poultice, put a heating pad on top.

Best ingredients for herbal poultices

Black tea

Relieve eye fatigue with tea bags.
Get rid of itchy insect bites.
Black tea has strong astringent properties due to the high content of natural tannins.


Folk remedy for burns, scalding, blisters and bruises.
Refreshes, cleans and disinfects. It is applied to the chest and neck to get rid of cough and sore throat.


Natural properties of the insecticide.
Use dried shredded leaves for poultices
From neem, you can prepare a healing, emollient for those suffering from eczema.


A plant with thick leaves and lovely blue flowers.
Use leaves to relieve eczema.
Wrap a borage poultice around an inflamed joint to relieve rheumatic or arthritic pain.


The roots of the plant are rich in sticky matter, polysaccharides and tannins, which have a therapeutic effect on sores and skin inflammations.
It will extend the splinter and relieve the inflammation associated with it.


In ancient China, it was used for eye infections.
A softening poultice of orchid flowers will relieve pain and pain in the eyes.
Chrysanthemum also has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and refreshing effects.

Making poultices from herbs

Making a poultice is not at all difficult! Just follow the steps on this page step by step: it will help you quickly create an effective remedy against a wide variety of diseases at home.

Making the poultice step by step

1. Finely chop the fresh herbs or process them in a food processor so that they turn into a homogeneous mass. If you use plants in powder or dried form, add a little water to make a wet paste. Prepare as much mixture as necessary to cover the desired area.

2. Place the plants in a container with a small amount of water or apple cider vinegar, and put the container in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes, or until the mixture becomes warm, almost hot.

3. Wear protective rubber gloves, drain excess water, and lay the mixture between two pieces of gauze or other thin cloth.

4. Until the mixture has cooled, put the poultice in place. To prevent the poultice from sticking to the skin, pre-lubricate the desired area with a small amount of olive oil. To keep the poultice in place, do a dressing.

5. To keep the poultice warm, attach a hot towel or bottle of water to it. Every 1–2 hours, change the compreo to fresh and hot.

A simple herbal poultice - an excellent warming and emollient - you can cook in your own kitchen in 5-10 minutes.


Herbal poultices are designed for a high cooking temperature, therefore, to prevent burns and skin damage, carefully read steps 3 and 4 before starting work.

A vinegar and sage poultice

You can prepare this simple poultice if you need to quickly relieve pain from bruises, in tired muscles or sprained ligaments. Both sage and vinegar are natural astringents and relieve inflammation. In addition, sage accelerates the regenerative process in tissues.

1. Place fresh sage leaves between two sheets of greaseproof paper or kitchen towels. Walk on them with a rolling pin, making sure that the leaves do not tear.

2. Put the leaves in a pan and pour vinegar. Heat (but do not bring to a boil!) For 3-5 minutes, to an average warm temperature.

3. Quickly, so that the leaves do not have time to cool, lay the mixture from the pan on a piece of gauze and cover with another on top.

4. Apply lotion to a sore spot, change every hour or two until the tumor subsides.

To make a poultice of sage, mash the leaves of the plant between two sheets of greaseproof paper.

Vinegar and sage

Even in ancient times, herbalists knew about the healing properties of vinegar and sage, especially when combined.

The famous seventeenth-century pharmacist Nicholas Culpeper advised adding sage juice to vinegar and taking it as a tonic to prevent infectious diseases.

Boiled sage was used as a warming agent for colds and joints and to relieve muscle cramps.