This simple guide to create your own healing epsom salt tool is a great way to fight colds, and in particular, ear infections.
At this time of year, due to the colder weather, people are at more risk of catching colds and infections, particularly young children and the elderly. An ear infection can be a particularly nasty side effect of the common cold, and can be very painful and discomforting.
Ear infections happen when we have a cold due to fluid getting trapped in the middle ear, and the symptoms include pain in the neck and head, earache, and thick, yellow fluid coming from the ears.
Thankfully, this easy home remedy is at hand to provide a soothing treatment for an ear infection, and it is particularly useful for children, who can often feel pain worse than adults and become very distressed.
You only need two things to make it, a white sock, and some epsom salt.
Doctors have explained how it works, stating that epsom salt has been used for many years to relieve aches and pains, and ear infections are no exception.
You will need about 1 to 1 and a half cups of Epsom salt, or just enough to fill the foot part of the sock.
- Open the sock, and carefully pour the Epsom salt inside. Using a wide-mouthed funnel is recommended because this will prevent any messes from occurring. Also, ensure that the salt is rather course so that no granules slip through the sock’s fabric.
- Once the foot of the sock is filed, tie a tight knot to the neck of the sock to prevent any salt from spilling out.
- Afterwards, heat the salt-filled sock on a skillet. Use medium-low heat and keep flipping the sock back and forth until the salts are warm, but not hot. It’s important to use a white sock for this because the dye on colored socks can burn easily.
Once the sock is warm enough (but not too hot) if can be used by whoever is suffering from the ear infection, it can be gently pressed against the outside of the affected ear, or can be placed down on a soft surface such as a bed or sofa, and lay down with your ear placed against the warm sock.