How to make the Ancient Lao Herbal Compress?

Herbal Bun

Herbal Bun

Laotian herbal compress

In ancient Laos, local herbs and plants were fashioned into compresses made from indigo-coloured fabric. Indigo is the spiritual color of Eastern medicine and is believed to enhance the detoxification process. Today, the color is optional but the treatment remains identical: steaming compresses thoroughly pounded over the body to relieve pain and fatigue, especially after playing a sport or doing hard physical work.

Ingredients: 3/4 cup cooked rice, 1/3 cup fresh lemongrass (crushed), 1/3 cup fresh ginger (crushed), 1/3 cup fresh basil, 1/3 cup fresh pepper, 5 cinnamon sticks, pure cotton or muslin square, cotton string

Method: Mix all ingredients together, wrap in the cloth and roll up into a tight pouch; tie tightly with string.

Preparations:

Ingredients for herbal buns:

  • 3/4 cup cooked rice,
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemongrass (crushed),
  • 1/3 cup fresh ginger (crushed),
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil,
  • 1/3 cup fresh pepper,
  • 5 cinnamon sticks (or powder)
  • pure cotton or muslin square
  • cotton string

Ingredients for basic massage techniques:

Any massage oil of the following:

  • avocado oil
  • olive oil
  • coconut oil
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