What is the Thai Herbal Compress?

The Thai herbal compress is a collection of medicinal aromatic herbs traditionally grown in Thailand. It is simply a pouch filled with ground Thai herbs that is wrapped tightly in a natural unbleached cotton or muslin cloth. It is most often steamed to activate the herbs, then pressed or rolled on the body to alleviate many types of painful conditions. It has been used in Thailand for centuries, dating back as far at 2500 years when the Thai’s used it on war ridden soldiers returning from battle. It was commonly called a poultice and it was used to heal wounds and bruises and remove inflammation and infections.

When the compress is steamed, the oils from the herbs are activated and can easily be absorbed into the body when pressed into the skin. The intense aroma from the compress enlightens mood and eases breathing when inhaled through the nose. The heat from the compress melts away aches and pains and encourages general relaxation.


The compress can be comprised of many different herbs but traditional recipes usually are found to have Lemongrass, Kaffir Lime, Plai, Turmeric, Tamarind and Camphor. Each of these herbs can have anywhere from 5 – 20 different herbal properties. Once combined together in a compress, their collective benefits are powerful.

Ingredients: Plai, Turmeric, Lemongrass, Kaffir Lime (leaves & peel), Tamarind leaves, Sweet flag/Calamus (root & leaves), Somboil (leaves), Jeng leaves, Wannangkam (root), Taoenon, Galangal, Citronella and Camphor powder.


Due to overlap of herbal properties offered by each herb in the compress, many different ailments can be addressed with regular use of the compress.

The body ball can ease symptoms of colds, flu, asthma, congestion, cough, flatulence, fever, sinusitis, bronchitis, arthritis, sprain, strains, muscle pain, joint pain, inflammation, infections, skin irritations, digestive upset, organ dysfunction, symptoms of menstruation, insect bites, wounds, cuts, bruises, musculoskeletal injuries and dysfunction, negative energy and thought, sluggish circulation, reproductive system pain and dysfunction and skin conditions.

For more information on how you can use the Thai herbal compress at home, click here.

For information on how you can receive a massage with the Thai herbal compress, click here.

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