Cold Compresses benefit headaches, swollen and inflamed injuries and conditions; fever, itching and burns. Use cold compresses to reduce facial pores and oily skin after cleansing, leaving the skin radiant and smooth.
To make a cold compress, draw 3 cups of cold water. Add 4 ice cubes to drop the temperature quickly. For best results, use a glass or stainless steel container. Choose the essential oils for the condition and add 6 drops to the cold water. Stir gently. Submerge a clean hand towel or cloth. Squeeze excess water from the cloth and apply the compress to the affected area. Remove the compress when it reaches room temperature. Repeat the process up to 1 hour.
Headaches and Eye Strain
2 drops Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis)
2 drops Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
1 drop Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)
1 drop Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
Follow the directions in Step One. Hold the compress onto the middle of the forehead to alleviate pain. Avoid eye contact.
2 drops Lemon Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora)
2 drops Sage (Salvia officinalis)
1 drop Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
1 drop Ginger (Zingiber offinale)
Follow the directions in Step One. Follow with a warm compress using the same essential oils to drain the sinuses more.
2 drops Lavender (Lavendula species)
1 drop Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
2 drops Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)
Follow Step One. Apply compress to the back of the neck, the forehead and the temples.
Sprains and Swelling, Bruising
1 drop Yarrow (Achillea millifolium)
2 drops Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
1 drop Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
2 drops Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinale)
Follow Step One. Continue cold compresses for 1 hour or longer to reduce pain and swelling.
Large Pores, Acne
2 drops Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citrates)
1 drop Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
1 drop Juniper (Juniperus communis)
2 drops Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii)
Compress after cleansing to balance oily skin and shrink pores. Follow the directions in Step One.