DIY Aromatherapy: Hot Compress for Neck and Shoulder Pain Relief

It’s near the weekend, and I’ve got the perfect remedy to start a mini-break of rest, relaxation and relief. Earlier this week, I shared the perfect aromatherapy recipe to soothe your eyes, and to close the past five days of hard work, give you the solution to Natural Neck and Shoulder Relief. Go on, take the moment to rejuvenate yourself.

For 2 compresses

  • 2 tbsp. lavender, dried (for muscle aches)
  • 1 handful dried peppermint leaves – take 2 handfuls for fresh leaves (for muscle aches)
  • 1 handful dried sage leaves – take 2 handfuls for fresh leaves (soothing)
  • Medium-hot water


  1. In a bowl, mix all herbs together; whether dried or fresh (rip up fresh leaves).
  2. Cut a piece of fabric from an old or torn pair of tights or a rectangular piece of linen (preferable both foot pieces if you use tights, so that one end of the compress is already sealed up) and fill it with half of the herbs from the pot.
  3. Secure the sachet with a piece of string.
  4. Fill the other sachet with the rest of the herbs.
  5. Use the bowl to soak the compresses in medium-hot water (the temperature should be soothing, not burning your skin).
  6. Remove clothes from neck and shoulder area and place a large towel around your upper body to catch excess water leaking from the compresses.
  7. Wring out the compresses after having been soaked for approximately 3 minutes, before applying the compresses on your skin.
  8. To re-heat the compresses, put them back in the hot water and repeat the procedure until feeling pain relief.
  9. Ask a relative, partner or good friend to help you, in case you can’t reach certain areas of your body.
  10. Dispose of the used herbs, but wash and keep the used fabric for your next treatment.



See also: DIY Aromatherapy: Hot Compress for Tired Eyes

Author: Danica Utermohlen
Picture credits: Danica Utermohlen

Disclaimer: This recipe has been edited. It was first published on 14/08/2015 for GloTIME,