Hot herbal pouches have travelled a long way since their origins in Ayurveda more than 5,000 years ago. Today, besides being a staple in luxe spa’s worldwide, they are also called upon by physicians, physiotherapists, dermatologists & even psychiatrists for everything from stress to muscular pains & flu. That’s because sensory experience of having these gorgeous, steaming parcels of aromatic herbs & spices pressing against your skin not only heals body but also induces immense calm. Heat & herbs are absorbed by body to reduce aches & pains, increase lymphatic drainage & condition skin. Besides this, they also harmonize body, loosen energy blockages & recoup deficiencies.
A hot herbal pouch is made by wrapping specific herbs, spices & flowers in natural cloth like a “dumpling” & then heating it to your preferred temperature (hot but bearable – don’t burn your skin!). Even though you can simply pop them into a microwave for 90 seconds, prepping them old fashioned way – w. steam – is more beneficial as it softens compresses, releases essential oils & intensifies aroma. Prep two pouches for a session, keeping one heating on steamer while using other. Then massage all over your body, paying special attention to problem areas.
3 tbsp. fresh ginger (grated)
5 tbsp. lime zest
10 eucalyptus leaves (crushed)
1-2 stalks lemongrass (crushed)
0.5 tsp. tamarind powder
0.5 tsp. camphor granules
0.5 tsp. rock salt
pure cotton or muslin square, cotton string
Method: Mix all ingredients together, wrap in cloth & roll up into a tight pouch; tie tightly w. string.