samedi 24 septembre 2016

Natural Relief For Earache And Infection: Heat Up A Sock With Himalayan Salt And Lavender!

Some of the very best fixes for mild illnesses, originated from tried-and-true remedies that have actually been passed down from generation to generation.
While conventional medication definitely has its place– and if the illness does not improve or worsens, you need to always get the advice of a physician– often times granny’s odd remedy is just exactly what the doctor didn’t order.

When it comes childhood earaches, nothing is more frustrating as both a parent and a child. They begin rapidly and they can be extremely painful.
Even if you race your child to the physician, there is often not much she or he can do, unless it is infected, in which case, they will take out the old standby– antibiotics.
Often times, however, the earache can really be treated at home safely and quickly without the requirement for all too often, overprescribed medications.

It’s Used Everywhere

According to author Dr. Lillian Beard, who wrote the book, “Salt in Your Sock and Other Tried-And-True Home Remedies,” applying a sock full of coarse sea salt to a painful ear can draw the fluid out of the ear, hence relieving the discomfort and pain until you can get to a medical professional.

In an interview with the CBC on July 2003, Beard informed reporters that she traveled all around the world gathering information for her book. She would ask her patients about the remedies and treatments they use at home. And what is fascinating is that numerous of the solutions were the same despite culture.

Dr. Dana Clum, a family chiropractor and natural health advocate in Patchogue, NY, also recommends the “salt in the sock” remedy to her patients.
She has a few other suggestions for parents, nevertheless, stating that the best things for an ear infection are regular adjustments, permitting a fever to kill the infection and using a salt rock to help the body recover. Here are her suggestions:

Get adjusted— misalignments in the upper cervical area (the upper neck) have been associated with chronic ear infections in children.
Do not lower the fever– the body raises its temperature to kill the bacteria. If we lower that temperature, we are disrupting the body’s natural defense reaction and could prolong the infection.
Use a ‘Salt Sock’ for relief while you provide the body time to recover.
How To Use The “Salt Sock”

A “Salt Sock” is exactly what it sounds like– a sock filled with salt. But according to the experts (generations of mothers), not any salt will do. You will need Coarse Sea Salt.
You may likewise want to use Himalayan salt if you have a big chunk (you can get this at a health food store). Himalayan salt has many other health benefits; however, it can become rather pricey for this purpose.

You will likewise need a clean, white cotton sock. Once again, not any sock will do, it has to be cotton as it is a natural product that does not have any of the synthetic chemicals you find in non-cotton products.
For the same reason, you should make sure you do not use a colored sock– no colors anywhere as colored thread can consist of flammable materials that when heated up, have the potential to combust.

What you need:

1– 1 ½ cups coarse sea salt
1 pinch of dried lavender
1 all white, cotton sock

Carefully put the salt and lavender into the sock and tie a knot (or double knot) at the end– The salt sock should be about the size of your hand.
Heat the sock in a clean skillet, over medium to low heat for about 4-6 minutes.
Pick up the sock and shake it; turn it every minute or so, so it will heat up evenly.
Heat till it is warm– but not burning to the touch.
Have your kid rest their ear straight onto the sock like a pillow. (This also works for adults.) Make sure the sock covers both the ear and the area behind the jaw.
Relax and let the warmth from the salt work to drain the fluid from the ear.
You can reuse the salt sock, although it will discolor after a while. Change with a new one when it gets too old, filthy or worn.
How Does The Salt Sock Work?

Salt has long been known as an antiseptic and diuretic. The warm salt helps pull the moisture from the ear and the antibacterial properties of the salt helps kill any bacteria.
The lavender is also relaxing and the scent of the warm flower will help ease your kid through the pain.
The salt will also maintain the heat for a long time as it drains the fluid, it will minimize the pressure in the ear and thus the pain.


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