An Herbal Medicine Ball combined with Massage Therapy creates a Powerhouse of Benefits
Using Plant Medicine Topically
An Herbal Ball Medicine Ball is filled with medicinal herbs and plants, heated and used to massage the body.
The application of plants to the body has a rich history. Plants can help reduce pain, stress, and help a variety ailments.
One herbal ball can contain many types of healing plants – delivering a powerhouse of benefits.
You can easily make your own herbal ball by following the recipe below. Maybe you would rather purchase a pre-made herbal compress, there are some recommended ones below.
Herbal Compress Ball for Massage
An Herbal Compress is also know as a medicine ball, spa ball, compress or poultice. It is a mass of fabric containing dried or fresh herbs as well as other natural ingredients.
Apply your herbal compress to treat sore muscles, cramps, pain, and bruising.
Natural plant medicine has roots throughout human history for various purposes. Animal life, plant life, and human lives have co-evolved. Using herbal medicine gives us a natural defense mechanism.
Medicines derived from plants have played a pivotal role. Modern medicine mimics nature and the history of plants as medicine. Ayurvedic medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine continue to provide greater health for us. It is important in the health care of many cultures, both ancient and modern.
What is Traditional Thai Massage?
Traditional Thai Medicine is a system of practices and methods. It uses herbal medicine, massage and bodywork, and spiritual healing.
In the practice of Thai Massage the practitioner applies compression along the acupressure lines. As the client you are fully clothed.
You are passively put into yoga like positions and stretches as well as resting positions.
Massage therapy techniques can be provided in many forms. Techniques can include the use of certain tools and herbal applications as well as sound therapy.
If you would like to learn how to provide Traditional Thai Massage in Florida visit the Bodhi Sangha in Gainesville, FL. You can study with an incredible teacher, who has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and is also my teacher, Ariela Grodner.
Benefits of Massage
The benefits of massage therapy are being studied and have already been proven for many years.
Massage benefits proven by science are lower stress, reduces pain, enhances attentiveness, to name a few.
You can find out more about the benefits of massage therapy and all of the different types of massage that exists in this article.
Ingredients to use for an Herbal Medicine Ball
What ingredients can go inside of an herbal ball?
You can add a large variety of ingredients to your herbal compress.
Not only medicinal herbs but also things like clays, flowers, honey, resins, and grains.
Here is a list of common ingredients, but there are many options beyond this list.
Behold the Golden Ginger
Ginger is commonly used for immunity. Additionally it is known as a great anti-nausea medicine. Ginger contains Gingerol, a powerful medicine. Ginger also significant increases relaxation and warmth.
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The healing powers of Ginger
Another great way to use ginger is in a Golden Ginger Drink.
Starbucks is even offering their take on a ginger drink. You can easily create a delicious and healing drink for yourself. In order too make an iced drink like theirs, you will need ginger, pineapple, and coconut milk. Blend them together with some ice.
Chamomile is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs.
It is a member of Asteraceae family. It is represented by two common varieties – German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile.
The dried flowers of chamomile contain many terpenoids and flavonoids.
Chamomile preparations are especially helpful for many ailments such as hay fever, inflammation, muscle spasms, menstrual disorders, insomnia, wounds, gastrointestinal disorders, and so much more.
Add Cinnamon to your Herbal Medicine Ball
Cinnamon, the eternal tree of tropical medicine belongs to the Lauraceae family. Together with ginger and turmeric, it is another extremely important spice all over the world.
This useful plant primarily contains vital oils and other derivatives. It is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial. Additionally, cinnamon has also been reported to have activities against neurological disorders.
There are around 300 species of Eucalyptus that contain volatile essential oil in their leaves. The aromatic oil has astounding widespread uses.
Cinnamon is antimicrobial, antiseptic, antioxidant. It makes a great respiratory and gastrointestinal disorder treatment. In addition to a wound healer and insect repellent.
Ingredients for an Herbal Compress
Kaffir Lime rind and/or leaves
Add Kaffir Lim into your herbal compress. It is useful for headache, flu, fever, sore throat, bad breath and indigestion. Kaffir Lime properties are anti-inflammation, antimicrobial, and antioxidant.
Lavender is known as Lavandula angustifolia. It has a long history of use as an analgesic, antibacterial agent, anti-fungal agent, antidepressant, antispasmodic, and sedative. For this reason, lavender is commonly used to treat conditions ranging from acne to migraines.
The compounds found in Lemongrass are mainly terpenes, alcohols, ketones, aldehyde and esters. For this reason, lemongrass is helpful for treating headaches, abdominal pain and muscle pains.
Rosmarinus officinalis, also known by her first name – Rosemary. Indeed a favorite of many. One of it’s medicinal actions is as nervous system relaxant. Additionally, it is:
- Mild Analgesic
It relaxes smooth muscle spasm and the smooth muscles of capillaries and arteries, thus enhancing blood flow.
Sage, a Salvia species, has medicinal uses like relief of pain and protecting the body against oxidative stress.
It helps with free radical damages, inflammation, bacterial and virus infection, to name just a few.
More Great Additions to your Herbal Medicine Ball
Regarded as one of the most important, multipurpose tropical fruit tree species in the Indian subcontinent.
The juicy pulp becomes a nice sweet and sour mix, sometimes referred to as the “date of India”. Some common traditional uses include the treatment of abdominal pain, wound healing, fever, inflammation, and eye diseases.
Turmeric, the Golden Spice, Curcuma longa. More than 100 components can be isolated from turmeric.
Some of its medical actions are: Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-microbial, antibiotic, astringent, circulatory stimulant.
In Ayurvedic Medicine, turmeric is a well-documented treatment for various respiratory conditions like asthma and allergies.
Its common uses are for runny nose, cough, sinusitis, abdominal pain, to improve circulation.
Turmeric is certainly a common part of a healthy regime.
Herbal Ball Massage Therapy Techniques
How do I Massage with an Herbal Medicine Ball?
There are several different techniques to deliver the benefits of an herbal compress used in a massage.
Compression – You can press downward onto your skin gently or firmly, release and repeat.
Tapping – Lightly or firmly tap around the area you want to treat.
Roll– Gently roll the ball along an area of the body. Slowly work up a firm roll making sure not overly squeeze the medicine ball.
Placement – Place the herbal compress to the area you would like to treat. For example: Sit your herbal medicine ball on your forehead for a headache or on your chest for congestion.
Folding your Herbal Medicine Ball
About the Author: Gina Scianimanico is a practicing Licensed Massage Therapist in Florida with over 14 years experience. As a LMT, Yoga Teacher, Herbalist, and Educator, she holds space for each individuals unique needs. Using a creative variety of techniques, she offers workshops, classes, massage, and yoga services.
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