There are many situations where a warm heating pad can come in handy. This is muscle pain after training, the occurrence of cramps in the legs, pain in the ligaments and tendons. And just the desire to enjoy the warmth in the cold season is a serious reason to get a heating pad.
But if for some reason you don’t have it, it’s easy to do it yourself. The easiest and most affordable ways to “get” heat safely at home are on Healthyinfo.
Method 1: Hot water bottle
The most popular way. It is used by summer residents, trying to keep warm in unheated houses, and students who are chilled in a cold hostel. All you need to get warm is to heat the water in the kettle to the right temperature, pour it into plastic bottles, close the lid tightly and wrap each bottle with a towel.
If desired, such heating pads can be taken with you to bed — they retain heat for several hours.
Method 2: Warm towel
If the first method is suitable only for adults, because pouring hot water into a bottle, you can get burned, then even a schoolboy can handle it. And what, exactly, in the absence of his parents at home, will he want a little warmth and comfort?
To prepare a heating pad, you need to take two towels and one ziplock bag. Soak one towel in warm water and wring it out. Place the towel in the bag and, without zipping it, place it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Remove the hot towel in the bag from the microwave, fasten the zipper on the bag and wrap it with a dry towel. That’s all, you can use the “heater” for its intended purpose.
Method 3: “Second life” socks and golfs
If you have a whole collection of “loners” of socks and golfs at home, it’s time to give them a “second life”.
Fill clean products with raw rice or buckwheat. From above, tie the product with threads or an elastic band. Place the cereal-filled items in the microwave for 2 minutes. After that, you can use the heating pad for your own purposes.
If you do not have a microwave oven, you can roast the grits in a dry frying pan, then transfer it to socks and stockings.
Did you know?
In ancient times, almost all improvised means were used as a heating pad — leather bags, copper and clay vessels with hot water and salt, sand and ash, as well as heated stones, bricks and irons. Sometimes hot cakes made from flaxseed and flour were used as heating pads.
Method 4: Fragrant bag of salt
To get not only a practical, but also a very convenient and fragrant heating pad with your own hands, you can sew a bag of arbitrary size from a dense natural fabric, fill it with sea salt from a pharmacy, which you first sprinkle with a few drops of lavender essential oil or any other.
To use such a heating pad, you need to hold it for 2–3 minutes in the microwave or pre-heat the salt in a dry frying pan. To avoid burning yourself during use, wait until the temperature of the heating pad is warm, but not scalding.
Method 5: Warm bean bag
Beans, such as beans, peas, and lentils, hold heat well. They are also often used to create home heating pads. But you need to be careful when working with them: the beans in the microwave need to be heated at intervals of 30 seconds.
After heating, place the beans in a bag or small pillowcase and use as directed. If the heating bag is sewn in advance, heat the beans directly in it.
Method 6: Bag of barley and herbs
And this way to warm up is suitable for lovers of fragrant procedures. Such a heating pad will help out in the cold and fill the room with the aromas of summer.
To prepare it, sew a bag of the selected size, then fill it with barley or other grain. To make the heating pad fragrant, you can put dry herbs inside it — chamomile, sage, linden. Microwave the bag before use until the grain is warm and the dry herbs release their flavor.
On a note!
Heating pads have been used in medicine since Hippocrates. They cause relaxation of the smooth muscles of the body, have an anti-inflammatory effect, have analgesic and absorbable properties. But you can use a heating pad only with the permission of a doctor, as there are contraindications to its use. Among the most common are skin lesions, bruises, inflammation in the abdominal cavity.
Method 7: Massage Stones
And this way to warm up and relax has been used for several centuries. It has been used since ancient times. Hot stone massage is a popular beauty treatment today.
For massage, special stones are heated in a pot of hot water, then cooled to an acceptable temperature and cooled. Most often these are stones of igneous, metamorphic or sedimentary rocks. They are smooth and pleasant to the touch, keep warm well. You can buy them in specialized stores and pharmacies.
Hot stones are ideal for relaxing the back, legs and buttocks. It is enough just to lay them along the spine. And for those who want to get more benefits, you can learn hot stone massage.
Method 8: Paraffin Treatments
If only the extremities suffer from the cold, you can combine business with pleasure — carry out paraffin therapy and warm up.
For this procedure, you will need cosmetic paraffin. It is sold in pharmacies and cosmetics stores. Melt the paraffin in a water bath according to the instructions, then apply in several layers on the skin of the hands or feet. When there are 5–6 layers of paraffin on the skin, wrap the limbs with plastic wrap, then insulate with gloves or socks. Paraffin will provide heat for 30–40 minutes.
Method 9: Hot Compresses
If a heating pad is needed for medicinal purposes, and the area of impact is small, you can resort to hot compresses. A 2013 study shows that hot compresses can help people improve flexibility, range of motion, and sore muscles and joints.
To prepare a compress, it is enough to soak a folded towel in tolerably hot water, wring it out and attach it to the sore spot. But keep in mind that heating pads are never placed on damaged skin.
Did you know?
Once upon a time, a separate type of heating pads was used — for the bed. They were a container made of metal or ceramics, which was moved around the bed, thus heating it evenly. Today, electric sheets and electric blankets have taken on this role.
Method 10: Hugs with a pet
Favorite pets can also play the role of a personal heating pad. Cats and dogs will not only warm you in bad weather, but also calm and relax, and also give a lot of positive emotions. And communication with them, as studies have shown, prolongs life.