Recently we have launched our new Thai range and we have great interest in our Thai Herbal Compress. So we decided to let you have an insight into what exactly goes into the compresses.
There are countless types of herbal compresses out in the market to buy but we have tried to keep it as traditional as possible.
In Thailand they are very passionate about what they use in their compresses but also what they put in their food. That is why throughout this article we will discuss how the herbs and oils can be used in both compress and cuisine.
Zingiber Cussumunar Roxb.
Zingiber is more commonly known in Thailand as ‘Plai’. It is an essential oil that is extracted from the root, or Rhizome, of the Zingiber plant. Zingiber is native to Thailand and is often relatively easy to get a hold of. The oil is produced by steam distillation of the root. This could be one of the reasons for its common use in food and herbal medicine. Doctors in Thailand tend to use this on sports injuries because of its anti-inflammatory and analgesic purposes. This makes it ideal for those who suffer from rheumatics or arthritis. By combining the oil in the compress with the heat of it once it’s been steamed, it will ease the swelling around inflamed joints and help regain mobility.
Turmeric, or Curcuma Longa, is native to India. It is a powder rather than oil, but like the Zingiber it is also extracted from the roots. But instead of being distilled the roots are steamed over many hours then dried out in a hot oven. Once fully dried out it is then ground up into an orange/yellow powder commonly used in Indian cuisine for curries.
Although it is more popular in food, it is used for herbal compress because of its antifungal and antibacterial purposes. If you have ever had a traditional compress massage and the compress turns yellow throughout the treatment, don’t be worried. This is just the Turmeric. As it has such a strong colouring it can also be used for dying clothes, linens etc.
Zedoary is known by many names; Zedoaria, White Turmeric & Curcuma Zedoria. These are the most commonly used names for it. Unfortunately its name is more common than its use around Europe & America. This is due to the fact it has been replaced by ginger as it is easier to get a hold of and cheaper. It is predominantly used in Indian & Indonesia for seasoning. This is also an essential oil that can be extracted from the roots of the plant. It is very unique and recognisable because of its smell & taste. It has a smell similar to Mango yet tastes like Ginger. Many people use Zedoary to ease anxiety, stress, fatigue, and pain and swelling because of its anti-inflammatory purposes. Once again perfect for those suffering from Arthritis.
Lemongrass, also known as Cymbopogon Citratus, is native to India & Tropical Asia. Lemongrass is very popular in Aromatherapy and is great when used during the cold/flu. In other health benefits, it is used to improve digestion, nausea and menstruation problems along with headaches, muscle cramps, spasms and rheumatisms. By combining lemongrass with a massage such as colon & deep organ massage, it will leave you feeling refreshed. Lemongrass is perfect to use in any form of massage but by adding it to the compress gives a little added ‘Zing!’ to it.
So there we have it. The 4 four main ingredients for our Thai Herbal Compresses. If you would like to book in for a Thai Herbal Compress massage, or any of our other Thai treatments please call 01506 238366 or book online via Facebook or Weesally.com