Have you ever heard of a salt sock? I hadn’t either until this past week my Aunt Linda shared an article and recipe to help relieve my throbbing earache. So many of you wrote in asking what a salt sock was; so, in response, I thought it would be helpful to do a video on making one. This post will describe how to use it and then I will share my personal results.
If you would like to watch the video instead of reading how to…click the link to do so. Otherwise, let’s get started learning about this homeopathic earache relief thing called the Salt Sock.
FIRST, I promised I would research the information available about this concoction, the salt sock. Here is what I found. After searching medical websites like PubMed.gov and striking out I tried our dear best friend, Google. What I found was an article about a news report aired on the CBS network and the TV show, The Early Show. Author Dr. Lillian Beard put together a book of home remedies in her new book, “Salt in Your Sock and Other Tried-And-True Home Remedies.”
She states in her book that “When she examined whether or not each remedy really worked, oftentimes she would find a basis in science that gave credence to grandma’s advice”.
Her findings for the health benefits of salt for earaches are as follows. “Put a cup of salt in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. Use coarse salt and dump it into a thick sock. The sock is to prevent burns. Apply the sock to the painful ear and it draws fluid out of the ear. This relieves the discomfort of an earache until you can get to a doctor”.
I’m not a doctor with a degree; however, I’ve educated myself for more than twenty years by attending lectures from a health practitioner who is and does, in nutrition…not pharmaceuticals. I must disagree with two steps in her process. First of all, when any “food” or “live” plant is microwaved* the nutrients are killed, leaving it useless to our bodies. So, never microwave the sea salt, EVER. Secondly, she doesn’t specify SEA SALT. Refined salt has no living value…it has been processed out. Only use coarse (chunky) sea salt for this remedy. Other than those two differences I agree with the author.
Most of the other articles I found were written by bloggers like myself. It leads me to believe it is a home remedy; but, one I was willing to try. So, now for the instructions to make one for your home health cabinet for those nasty earaches that pop up every now and then.
Instructions for making a Salt Sock
A Salt Sock is made up from a basic white cotton sock filled with coarse sea salt. Once heated up and place on the affected ear you will experience relief. There is science behind the healing properties of the minerals in the sea salt. Also documented is how the salt retains heat creating a shift in the pressure within the ear.
You will need ONE clean, ALL WHITE sock. DO NOT use colored socks; this includes socks with a colored toe or colored line in the toe area. Something in the colored threads and material is flammable and will melt when you heat the sock.
ONE to ONE and A HALF CUPS of Coarse Sea Salt. It has to be coarse and it has to be sea salt.
Pour the salt into the sock. Tie a knot in the end. The filled sock should be about the size of your hand. Heat the filled, knotted sock of sea salt in a clean skillet, over medium-low heat for about 4-6 minutes. About every minute pick it up, shake it around and flip it to the other side to heat evenly. Heat until it is very warm, but not burning to the touch. Cover your ear and the area behind your jawbone with the sock. I laid on my side on the couch and allowed the pressure of the sock to rest on my ear and jaw. Relax for a while. You may apply this technique as often as needed for pain and pressure. If you are like me, you will be amazed by the relief.
* Found on thewhoot.com.au
As promised my results – after filming the Facebook Live video today, I finished heating the Salt Sock. I removed it from the skillet after it was very warm, but not hot. Laying on my side on the couch, I laid the salt sock on my ear letting the bottom part cover my jaw and upper neck. I almost dozed as the pain relief came within minutes. I relaxed for about ten minutes, then switched to the other side, repeating the procedure.
I must say I was skeptical; however, the inner ear pangs stopped. As of 9:30 P.M. tonight the pain has not returned and the fluid seems to have lessened as I can once again hear out of that ear. As any smart woman over 50 would do, if an earache is severe I would go to the doctor immediately. For minor earaches brought on my draining sinuses like mine, this is a fantastic, pain relief home remedy that I would recommend. (I am not a medical doctor and am not prescribing nor diagnosing medical conditions).
I hope you enjoyed learning something new, a new home remedy for earache pain and relief. If you found value in this, please share with other women over 50 who may pass this on to their daughters with young children, i.e. our grandchildren, too.
Carla Gardiner is a mom of 2, the fiery grandma of 7 and has been married to her husband for 38 years. She is focused, and driven; a business owner who made a big move in her late 50’s which rocked her world. Transitioning from her native hometown to her new home 3 states away took guts, work, and dedication to get the job done. Now, she is focused on helping other women over 50 handle life’s changes while making the transition to their retirement lifestyle; one they’ve been dreaming of instead of the nightmare it could become.
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