There are many advantages to using herbal packs to complement or replace harsh pain killers. The biggest of these would be that with cold and hot herbal compresses, you are not likely to experience any side effects. Even when used with other medications. Obviously you won’t be ingesting a herbal hot pack or cold herb pack so there is no risk of gastrointestinal reactions. There are some rare cases of allergic reactions from the scent of the herbs, but this is rare because the herbs are inside of the pack and, with proper use, the herbs do not come into contact with the skin.
Knowing when to use a hot herbal pack and when to use a cold herbal pack is not hard to determine. Heat increases circulation while cold reduces swelling. When dealing with an injury that has the opportunity for infection, you will want to keep the circulation in the area flowing. When dealing with an injury that is swollen do to cell damage and not due to infection, you would want to use a cold herbal compress to comfort the area and help to reduce the swelling.
Hot herbal therapy packs are also ideal for relieving discomforts caused by common illnesses. There is nothing more comforting than a warm herbal heat pack for soothing an earache, headache or backache. Herbal heat packs are also great for muscle strains, cramps and even just to help send your aching body off to a world of restful sleep. Herbal cold packs have equally awesome benefits and are the perfect comfort for toothaches, black eyes and swelling of any kind. When you need to cool and reduce a rising fever or counter a heat stroke, your herbal cold pack is a quick and easy grab. Wherever you would put ice, you can use a cold herbal pack instead and often with better results.
Most herbal packs have the added benefit of relaxation. The release of the herbal aromas helps to relieve stress and encourage the injured party to relax. Staying calm when injured or when recovering from injury is vital to whole body healing; mind, body and spirit. Herbal packs include a variety of herbs to aid with all levels of healing. There is yellow dock to help with circulation, yarrow to promote healing, chamomile for relaxation and much more.
Herbal Packs can be heated quickly in the microwave or placed in the freezer for an hour to be used as a cold pack. Hot and cold herbal packs are also easy to clean by wiping with a damp cloth and lying flat to dry. The benefits of herbals have been used throughout history by every culture. Add the power of herbals to your healing process with herbal hot packs and herbal cold packs for the full body and mind treatment to a quick recovery.