Top 10 Herbs used in a Herbal Compress

  1. CAMPHOR
  2. EUCALYPTUS
  3. GINGER ROOT
  4. JASMINE
  5. KAFFIR LIME
  6. LEMONGRASS
  7. PEPPERMINT
  8. PRAI
  9. TAMARIND
  10. TURMERIC
Herb Properties Taste Application
Camphor

Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic antitussive, bronchodialator, cardiac, diaphoretic, expectorant, pectoral, sedative, stimulant Hot, aromatic Thai saunas, decongestant inhaled to treat colds, congestion, sore throat, cough bronchitis, and sinusitis, blocked menstruation, eye infections, fevers, typhoid, and lung infections. Stimulates brain, heart and circulation. Calms stress, anxiety and insomnia
Eucalyptus

Antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitussive, expectorant, diaphoretic, pectoral, antibacterial, anti fungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti migraine, and also an insect repellent. Hot, aromatic Treats bronchistis, colds, congestion, sinus, lung, cough, asthma, sore throat and respiratory aliments aches & pains, blisters, burns, catarrh, chicken pox, circulation, cuts, cystitis, diarrhea, diphtheria, emphysema, fever, headaches, herpes, influenza, insect repellent, lice, measles, migraines, nephritis, neuralgia, rheumatoid conditions, sinusitis, skin, ulcers, sprains, throat infections, wounds.
Ginger Root

Analgesic, anti emetic, anit-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antitusssive, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic, tonic hot General tonic for health and longevity. Stimulant for digestive tract. Combats flatulence, indigestion, gastritis, peptic ulcer, diarrhea, sluggish digestion, nausea, vomiting.
Jasmine

Alterative, antiseptic, astringent, cardiac, emmenogogue, nervine, sedative Aromatic Saunas and steams, used for calming nervousness, stress, anxiety, and panic attacks. Tea and inhalation help with infection of eyes, heart disease, fever and chronic thirst
Kaffir Lime

Antioxidant, antitussive, astringent, blood tonic, carminative, emmenagogue, expectorant, stomachic Sour, bitter Main ingredient in compress, and saunas. Treats colds, congestion, and cough. Digestive stimulant. Blood purifier, cancer preventing properties, treats high blood pressure, regulates menstruation
Lemongrass

Anti emetic, anti-inflammatory, antitussive, carminative, expectorant Sour Heated is stimulant for digestion, constipation, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and back pain
Peppermint

Analgesic, antiemetic, antispasmodic, antitussive, aphrodisiac, appetiser, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, expectorant, nervine, refrigerant, sedative, stomachic, tonic Hot, aromatic Calming effect on nervous system. Vapor treats nervousness, insomnia, stress related or migraine headaches
Prai

antiseptic hot Skin beautifier, nourishes skin, smooths stretch marks during pregnancy. Home uses include aches and pains, inflammations, joint problems, muscle spasms, sprains and strains, torn muscles and ligaments, asthma, catarrh, chronic colds, colic, constipation, diarrhea, fevers, flatulence, heartburn, immune problems, influenza, nausea, respiratory problems, wounds, improves circulation, tones the stomach, improves appetite, increases mental alertness and improves memory
Tamarind

Antiseptic, anti-stringent, blood tonic, carminative, digestive, expectorant, female tonic, laxative, nutritive tonic, purgative, refrigerant, stimulant Sour Lowers blood pressure, diarrhea and fever, skin ulcers and sores
Turmeric

Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant Inflammation and antioxidant damage, including cataracts, arthritis, cancer, and heart disease. It is also used to treatment of scabies and digestive disorders, promote wound healing, and strengthen the immune system, treat infections, gallbladder problems, dysentery, arthritis, liver disorders. indigestion, and heart disease.

There are many other Thai herbs that can be used such as: basil, cayenne, cinnamon, cumin, lemon, mandarin orange, garlic, nutmeg, and lavender.

Compiled work from C. Pierce Salguero, “A Thai Herbal”.

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