Ear infections are common during the cold and flu season and are one of the worst things to deal with. While the best course of action when dealing with ear infections is to go to a doctor, you can apply a quick DIY natural remedy to ease the pain and discomfort from the infection. Called a Salt Sock, the method is effective and harmless and is being used by thousands worldwide.
HOW TO MAKE A SALT SOCK
A Salt Sock is basically just a white cotton sock filled with Sea Salt that you heat up and place on the affected ear for relief.
You will need a clean – ALL WHITE sock. Do not use colored socks, or socks with a colored toe section or colored line in the toe area. There is substance in the colored threads/material that is flammable and can melt when you heat the sock.
Next you will need about 1 – 1.5 cups of Coarse Sea Salt (do not use regular table salt.)
Carefully pour the salt into the sock and tie a knot in the end. It should be about the size of your hand.
Place the sock in the pan and heat it. Be careful not to overheat, you don’t want to cause fire or burn yourself. Usually, you won’t need more that 5-6 minutes of heating. The Salt Sock should be hot to touch, but mild enough not to cause pain or burns when placed on your face.
Cover your ear and the area behind your jaw bone with the sock and relax for a while. You will be amazed by the relief. You can reuse the salt sock for a long time, though it will discolor after a while. Replace with a new one when it gets too old, dirty or worn.
Use this for fast pain relief but remember that the primary course of action is to visit a doctor.
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