Having a hot compress at home is very handy. This can be used for soothing body aches and muscle strains due to strenuous activities. These are especially useful for people who are athletic because of the muscle strains that they experience from playing sports. A hot compress can be purchased from the store but purchasing a hot compress can put a dent on your wallet.
You do not need to purchase a hot compress from the store. All you need is to be resourceful. You can make your own hot compress by using some of the items that you may already have at home.
Here are the simple steps on how you can make your own hot compress:
- Gather all the materials needed. First, gather all the materials that you are going to use for this activity. These are three pieces of washcloth, a sewing machine and hot water. You can use any type of washcloth as long as it can hold heat. If you want put additional medicinal herbal oils, you can do so too.
- Cut and sew the washcloths. First, cut the three washcloths in half. Position all the six pieces of the washcloth together and use the sewing machine to sew them together. If you do not have a sewing machine, you can also do this by hand but be sure to use a sturdy needle as it may be hard for you to sew through the material of the washcloth.
- Heat water. Heat some water that you are going to use for the hot compress. Make sure to turn off the water heater just before it boils so that it won’t be scalding hot when you use it for the washcloth.
- Using the hot compress. Get the washcloth that you sew together and submerge it on the hot water. Let it stand for a few seconds. Get the washcloth and wring out the excess water. Fold the hot compress into a smaller piece. The more you fold the washcloth, the better it will keep in the heat and the longer you can use it. Apply it on the area where you have muscle pains or aches.
- For herbal oils. If you want to use herbal oils to help decrease the ache, you can also do this. You can either massage the aching area with oil first and apply the hot compress or you can also put a few drops of the herbal oil into the hot water before you submerge the washcloth in it.
These are the simple steps on how you can make your own hot compress at home. This is a great alternative that you can use instead of buying a hot compress from the store. If you are going to use the hot compress that you made over an open wound, be sure to discard the hot compress after use. Bodily fluids, such as blood that get absorbed by the washcloth can breed bacteria so it is best not to reuse the hot compress if used for open wounds.