christopher vasey naturopathe


  Natural compresses & poultices
Safe and simple folk medicine


  • Introduction:
    Rapid relief with easy home remedies
  • Why are compresses and poultices
    so effective?
  • The skin and its functions
  • Compresses and poultices
  • Natural healing with cloth wraps,
    medicinal plants, vegetables, and earth
  • The effects of compresses
    and poultices on the skin
  • The application of compresses
    and poultices
  • Examples and recommendations from head to toe (70 common conditions)


  a la decouverte de soi

96 pages
Healing Art Pres
ISBN 978-1-62055-737-2
US $ 14.99
available at InnerTraditions


Rapid Relief with Easy Home Remedies

When suffering from headache, toothache, indigestion, sinusitis, painful menstrual periods, joint inflammation, nerve pain, cough, and so on, the patient’s primary desire — even before that of being cured — is to find rapid relief from pain and suffering. What is the most effective non-pharmaceutical way for someone who is not a health care professional to do this? A simple method that can easily be done by anyone, often using materials you already have on hand, is to use compresses and poultices.

When applied to the ailing part of the body, a compress or poultice can make the patient feel better immediately. It can soothe pain, reduce swelling of inflamed tissues, relax the patient, and take an active role in the healing process. Applying one of these remedies is extremely easy, and the necessary ingredients and materials (scraps of cloth, onions, potatoes, and so forth) are readily available. Rapid relief can therefore be easily and quickly achieved in all circumstances, even if no professional health practitioner or prescription is available. Compresses and poultices are not only useful for first aid, they also provide valuable treatments for existing illnesses, whether chronic or acute. But we would be mistaken to believe that compresses and poultices can cure all disorders.

While it is true that in certain cases they represent the most appropriate treatment, in other instances they are at best a backup or complementary treatment. In these cases their use will not be sufficient to adequately treat the condition. If compresses and poultices were highly valued by our grandmothers and the traditional medical practices of many countries through the centuries, it is because they provide a healing method that is simple, quick, and effective. In addition—and this should not be underestimated in our modern times—they offer natural and nontoxic methods for healing.