Ingredients: black walnut leaf, chaparral leaf, comfrey leaf and root, gravel root, lobelia herb, marshmallow root, mullein leaf, white oak bark, and wormwood herb
Apply a hot herbal compress to warm and soothe the initial stage of an injury. The hot compress is relaxing and stimulates circulation so your body can begin the self-healing process.
Gently simmer herbs in water (approximately one cup of herbs per pint of water). A hand, elbow, or foot may be soaked directly in hot tea, reheating as required to maintain maximum tolerable temperature. For knees, shoulders, hips, etc., soak a towel or cloth in tea and apply to affected area as hot as can be tolerated without discomfort. Cover with plastic, saran wrap or press & seal. Place a heating pad or hot water bottle on top. Cover with a dry cotton (flannel) cloth or towel. Generally application should be for at least 30 minutes. After treatment (wring out towel and) refrigerate tea. Repeat 2 or 3 times a day as needed. Tea can be preserved with grapefruit seed extract and reused for up to a month in this manner.
A hot compress (or soak) may be alternated with a shorter application of a cold compress (or ice water soak). Heat serves to relax the body and open the pores. Cold stimulates the body and causes contraction. Alternation between hot and cold will revitalize the area.