Do I Make My Own Herbal Compresses?

Herbal compresses are simple to make, but some ingredients of Thai herbal compresses are difficult to find outside Thailand.

Clients often ask whether I make my own Herbal Compresses at my clinic and school. No, I don’t.

The easiest way to justify my decision is that there are better places to find the ingredients I need for a traditional Thai recipe than Saskatoon. And one component is challenging to find; plai. Plai is kind of like ginger but different. And you can substitute galangal, but galangal is equally hard to find.

One option I have is to substitute other ingredients in the Thai recipe or make a Saskatchewan Herbal Compress with things native to our province. But I offer Thai Herbal Compress massages, and I need to respect tradition and use Herbal Compresses made with the right spices.

Fortunately, I have had great success finding suppliers in Chiang Mai, so every six months, I send out an order for 500 Herbal Compresses. The suppliers use dried herbs and vacuum-pack each compress, so I am happy with the product.

I enjoyed Thai massages with fresh herbs and spices in Thailand, but as long as the ingredients remain hard to locate, I will settle with imported compresses at my clinic.

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