After suffering a lower back injury, you may have days when your muscles go into spasms, causing you intense pain. Along with your doctor's prescribed treatment, use the following herbal compress to relax and soothe your discomfort.
Supplies And Ingredients
Before you begin, gather the following supplies. You can find the ingredients in most grocery stores, pharmacies and department stores.
- Large, plastic tub
- Bath towel
- Four cups of hot tap water
- One additional cup of water
- Small saucepan with lid
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil
- Four chamomile tea bags
The lavender in the compress helps relieve the pain caused by your tight muscles. The aroma of the herb can also help relax you overall, decreasing the anxiety you may be feeling because of your discomfort. The chamomile soothes the inflammation and helps relax the muscles.
Once you have all of your ingredients and supplies, follow the instructions below to make and use your compress.
- Bring the cup of water to a boil in the saucepan, and remove from heat.
- Put the four chamomile tea bags in the hot water, and cover with a lid. Let them seep for about 15 minutes.
- In the meantime, pour the four cups of tap water in the plastic tub, and add the drops of lavender oil. Mix well.
- Remove the tea bags from the pan, carefully wringing out any excess liquid.
- Pour the tea in the tub, mixing as you do.
- Fold the bath towel lengthwise, then in half.
- Place the towel in the tub, submerging it until it has soaked most or all of the liquid.
- Wring out the excess, then place it on the area of your lower back that is having muscle spasms.
- Keep the towel on your back for about 10 minutes. If the cloth touching your back starts to become cool, remove it, and refold the towel so that the part inside is on the outside. It should still be warm.
- Once your time is up, remove the towel.
- Let your skin air dry for a few minutes before putting on clothes.
Use the above compress twice a day to temporarily relieve your back pain symptoms. However, if you notice an increase in the number of days you experience your spasms or an increase in the amount of pain you experience, you may want to contact your doctor or chiropractor from a place like All American Chiropratic Center to discuss additional treatment options available to you.