Compresses can be either warm or cold. Place about 5 to 10 drops of lavender oil in a quart of water. Wet a cloth by floating the cloth on the water and wring it out. The oils float on the water, so doing it this way you absorb more of the essential oil on the cloth. Place this on affected area.

Cover a cold compress with a plastic bag or a piece of plastic.

Warm ones should be covered with a towel, then a plastic bag. You can then put a heating pad on low over this if desired.

Leave them on for at least 15 minutes or until they reach body temperature.

Apply cold to a injury for the first 24 to 48 hours. So if you have a sprain, bruise or swelling use cold. A few other things cold is good for are headaches, sunburns, insect bites, and varicose veins.

Warm can be used for things like cramps, boils, abcesses, joint pain, menstrual pain, back pain, toothaches, earaches, sinus infections, or rheumatic pain. Urinary problems or cystitis can be helped with warm compresses. This is just a few ideas of things you can use it on.

Listen to your body, go with whatever feels right to you.

If you have abdominal pain you need to be careful in case it's your appendix. The appendix is on the right side of the abdominal area and usually has rebound pain. Rebound pain is when you press down gently on the area and the pain increases as you release the pressure. You should never put heat on your appendix if that is the cause of your pain. Seek medical help.

Return from compresses to lavender essential oil.