Compress Basics

Compresses are used for many and varied treatments over the chest, abdomen, kidneys, liver, limbs and throat. The following details the basic know how of applying a hot compress. Please take care and only use compresses when they have been prescribed. These notes accompany instructions provided in consultation or at a workshop; they do not […]

Life /Wellbeing Sense

The life sense helps to keep us safe, well and in harmony. Through the sense of life, we perceive inwardly our vitality and life forces. For example it tells us when we need to go to the toilet, when something’s hot and when we need to drink. It  also tells us about our health and […]

Movement Sense

The movement sense makes us aware of how our inner movement can change when we move a particular body part, and how we can abstain from movement despite feeling an inner movement or desire to move.

Balance Sense

The sense of balance is the experience of being in harmony. The balance sense perceives our relation to the external spatial world. Based on our perception, we adjust our balance. When someone moves closer to us we inwardly and externally adjust ourselves to maintain a state of harmony. By experiencing equilibrium in our physical body, we have an […]

Sight Sense

The sight sense is connected to the movement sense; it helps to distinguish between what is being seen and where it is in space. A small child has an inner experience of everything they see. The impression is left within them. The distinction that happens at maturity is the ability to differentiate between the images […]

Word Sense

The sense of word is to perceive the being of language as a vehicle formed by the thoughts of another human being. We perceive and make connections to words, differentiated from other sounds. The way we perceive words has a particular relationship to the development and sensitivity of the sight sense and the movement sense. […]

Beeswax Chest Compress

A cloth that is layered with melted beeswax is warmed and applied to the chest to create a soothing, calming effect, especially on the breathing. It is a safe, easy, enjoyable and effective compress that I recommend for daily use for asthmatics and those with bronchial tightness.

Yarrow Liver Compress

A yarrow liver compress is the application of yarrow tea (leaf and young stalk) in a hot, dry cloth, compressed over the liver with a narrow blanket. It is indicated to support liver function especially post antibiotic use, during aggressive medical treatments that are known to strain the liver, some cases of abdominal bloating as […]

Earache

Onion Ear Compress Earaches that are caused by a swollen eardrum and fluid are often helped by an onion ear compress. Make a little parcel of diced onion (about 1/4 – 1/2 a large onion). The material used for the compress ‘bag’ could be a thin tubular bandage tying the ends once the onion is […]

Ginger Kidney Compress

This compress must be used with precaution and only if prescribed. The ginger can burn the skin of fair haired persons and in some people can be very disturbing on an physiological level. It is included on this website only for those who have been prescribed its use, in which case it can be highly […]

Managing Fever

Page 1 of this post links to a website by Dr David Martin who provides videos and clear facts and links to scientific research explaining that fever is an action of the body to overcome what is causing or could case illness, rather than fever itself being the illness. Ways to manage fever are discussed […]

Arnica for Bruises

Arnica lotions 10% (tinctures /essence) can be applied over bruises and impacted body parts as a compress to help recover from the trauma. It can be used for bruised or strained joints and post operative swelling. Do not use arnica over open wounds. If the injury is new and the site is hot and swollen […]

Chamomile Abdominal Compress

A chamomile compress helps the nervous system quieten, and improves digestion. It is highly valuable for insomnia, pain related to menstruation, for people with poor digestion due to nervousness, or after a busy day studying. It affects the Sense of Movement and Sight by harmonising the relationship between environmental stimulus and the sensory processing that […]