The Humble Salt Pack: A Natural Remedy For Pain Relief

Now here’s for a traditional remedy that is truly as versatile as it is economical.

The humble salt  pack has an almost legendary place in traditional healing as an easy and effective way to relieve pain in various parts of the body.

It is remarkable in its effectiveness in relieving persistent vomiting and diarrhoea as it brings gentle heat to the abdominal area, reducing intestinal and stomach cramping.

You can reheat the salt 4-5 times after which you can take it back to its kitchen home as it won’t retain heat anymore.


Wrap the salt pack in a thin towel and have the child lie on his side with the affected ear resting on the salt pack. Keep it on until comfort is achieved.


Apply salt pack to the affected side of the face.

Muscle pain

Apply the salt pack to the affected muscle.

Joint Pain

Apply the salt pack to the affected joint, though I find a more effective relief for joint ache is achieved with a ginger sitz bath.

Menstrual Cramps

Apply the salt pack to the uterine area (below the navel, directly above the pelvic bone and about the size of a plum in non-pregnant women).

If you suffer from ongoing severe menstrual cramps, please don’t suffer in silence! Debilitating menstrual pain isn’t bad luck but a sign of hormonal or physiological imbalance and can be improved with dietary and herbal remedies.


Apply the salt pack to the lower abdominal area (below the navel), ensuring you’re covering the whole area from hip to hip.


Apply the salt pack to the stomach area only (on left hand side of child’s abdomen, above the navel).

When To Seek Medical Advice

While a salt pack can be helpful in reducing cramping and spasming associated with gastro or food poisoning in an otherwise healthy child, dehydration can be a serious consequence of persistent vomiting and diarrhoea, particularly in young children and babies and should be treated quickly.

If the vomiting is associated with a fall, head injury, severe headache, rash or severe abdominal pain you should seek immediate medical attention.


  • 1-2 cups coarse sea salt (depending on how big the affected are is)
  • Muslin bag or clean cotton sock or a small pillow bag for larger areas


  • Heat the salt in a saucepan for 4-5 minutes or until very hot.
  • Pour the salt into the muslin bag or sock, being careful not to touch it as salt becomes incredibly hot. Make sure that the bag or sock is well closed so that the hot salt can’t escape.
  • Wrap the bag or sock into a thin towel or large face wash.
  • Check the temperature before applying to your child as it may still be too hot and you may need to wrap it into a thicker towel.