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When to wear hot and cold compresses

Did you know that compresses , like poultices and ointments , allow to treat certain ailments and problems both internal and of the skin,...

Did you know that compresses , like poultices and ointments , allow to treat certain ailments and problems both internal and of the skin, in a totally effective way and in a completely natural way ?.

Simply stated, we can say that within the well-known as grandmother’s apothecary (or, in short, within the different home remedies that our grandmothers have bequeathed to us and passed down from generation to generation), compresses are remedies – usually of cloth – which are soaked with substances rich in certain active substances.

When to wear hot and cold compresses

Depending on the problem, disorder or illness you wish to treat in this way it is possible to use cold compresses or hot compresses . Hence it is fundamental and important to discover what are their main differencesand especially, when it is advisable to use one option or another.

What are cold compresses and when to use them?

Cold compresses are those that soak in some cold or warm substance with the aim of lowering the temperature or the sensation of heat in certain areas of the body. That is, they are useful home remedies to help get the heat out of the body, or even to cool it.

They are known as cold compresses are especially interesting when relieve fever , relieve sunburn and reduce the redness associated with these types of conditions and problems. An example are  cold cloths with vinegar , ideal for lowering the fever.

To do this it is necessary to detect those areas of the body that are hot depending on the discomfort that has occurredand use – therefore – the cold compress in order to help out the heat.

Surely you will remember how when you were a child your grandmother or your mother would put cold cloths soaked in apple cider vinegar in order to lower the fever. Indeed, that is one of the purposes for which this type of remedy is used.

For example, if you want to cool the body or that hot area of ​​the body quickly, you can soak the napkin in cold water and some other substance such as alcohol. While if you try to treat and relieve minor burns, you can soak in cold water and in aloe vera.

And the hot compresses? When to use them?

The compresses (in their different variants, whether cold, warm or hot) became years ago in natural and home remedies particularly used by our grandmothers and mothers in the natural treatment of different ailments and health problems, in the same way as cataplasms and ointments were also used in the past .

When to wear hot and cold compresses

However, these remedies are clearly different from the other remedies mentioned above: while ointments or poultices are used by applying to them pastes made from herbs and medicinal plants, the compresses are soaked only in a certain active substance can be from alcohol to an essential oil, passing through plant juices).

Hot compresses, unlike cold compresses, are those that soak in a substance that has previously been heated, with the aim of helping to relax and decrease the pain. They may also have been pre-heatedand then soaked in the liquid solution (which should not necessarily be hot, but not cold).

The so-called hot compresses are especially interesting and useful when it comes to relaxing the body , helping the body to expel toxins through the skin and in the treatment of chronic ailments (such as lumbago pain or pain backwards).

They are also interesting in reducing premenstrual syndrome pain , reducing colic inflammation, and alleviating problems in the urinary and biliary tract .

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