If you have ever suffered through an ear infection then you know how awful it can feel. They can wreak havoc on our health and wellness and often end up creating terrible, debilitating pain that for some people is chronic, lasting days at a time. Ear aches most commonly develop as a complication from a cold. The tissue in our sinuses swells up and blocks the middle part of our inner ears, which prevents fluid from draining. The fluids build up and the longer they sit in there, the greater a chance they have to become infected. That’s also when the pain, pressure, and for some a loss of hearing, sets in. Children in particular are prone to developing them and nothing is more heartbreaking than having to see your child suffer through the throbbing aches and pains.
Thankfully, ear aches can be treated and their pain alleviated with a simple self-healing trick. Instead of enduring them or having to visit the doctor, try “the magic salt sock” cure. All it requires is a clean, plain, all white pair of cotton socks and about 1½ cups of coarse sea salt. Pour the salt into the sock, tie it up, and close it off securely with a double knot. It’s vital that you use these exact two “ingredients” since no alternative versions of them will be nearly as effective. If you don’t use a plain cotton sock that is 100% white, and choose instead to use one that has even just a tiny colored line on it, you will likely end up melting or burning it. That’s because there is something in the coloring which makes them highly flammable, so be aware and use caution. The sea salt also matters because of the larger, coarse granules it typically comes in and its ability to retain heat well. Regular old table salt won’t work, it just seeps out of the sock, so don’t substitute it in place of the sea salt.
The next step is to warm up a skillet over medium-low heat before placing the salt filled sock in the pre-heated pan. Allow it to heat up for about 4-6 minutes and make sure to flip and shake it up at least once every minute so that the salt heats evenly all the way through. You’ll know the sock is done when it’s very warm to the touch, but not so hot that it might burn you. All that’s left to do is place the heated sock over your aching ear, making sure that it also rests on the area behind your jaw. Sit back and relax as the salt works its magic to alleviate the aches and pains, while simultaneously helping to draw out any toxins in the ear.
This is one of the best ways to naturally and effectively decrease any painful inflammation or discomfort in the inner ear. In addition to its natural healing properties, warm sea salt is also antiseptic and draws out moisture that may be in the ear. Furthermore, the magical salt sock can be reused many times safely and effectively, but it will eventually discolor and you should replace it when it becomes worn, dirty, or old. Putting a cup or two of sea salt in a sock, warming it up, and placing it over your ear may be just the thing your body needs to feel better. Many people have found soothing comfort and relief with this simple remedy and if you ever develop an ear ache or pains, give it a try and see if it works. Please share this information with friends and family, they may find it useful and beneficial as well!
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