The Humble Salt Pack: Natural Pain Relief

Here’s a traditional remedy that can be used in many ways.

Salt packs are a simple and effective way to relieve pain from different body parts. They have a nearly legendary status in traditional healing.

It has remarkable effectiveness in relieving persistent vomiting or diarrhea.

After heating the salt 4-5 times, you can return it to your kitchen, which will no longer retain heat.


Wrap the salt packet in a towel. Have the child lie down on his back, with one ear pointing towards the salt pack. Continue to use it until you feel comfortable.


Salt pack on the affected side of your face.

Muscle pain

Salt pack on the affected muscle.

Joint Pain

The salt pack can be applied to the affected joints, but I prefer a ginger Sitz bath for relief.

Menstrual Cramps

The salt pack should be applied to the uterine region (below and above the pelvic bones, approximately the size of plum for non-pregnant ladies).

Don’t let your menstrual cramps get worse. It’s not bad luck but it can indicate a hormonal or physiological imbalance.


A salt pack should be applied to the lower abdomen (below your navel) to ensure that you cover the entire area from hip to hip.


Only apply the salt pack to the stomach (on the left side of the child’s abdomen, just above the navel).

How to Seek Medical Advice

A salt pack may be useful in relieving cramping and spasming caused by gastro or food poisoning. Still, dehydration, especially in children under five, can lead to serious consequences such as persistent vomiting and diarrhea.

You should immediately seek medical attention if vomiting is caused by a fall, head injury or severe headache.


  • 1 to 2 cups coarse sea salt, depending on the size of the affected.
  • A muslin bag, a clean cotton sock, or a small pillowcase are ideal for larger areas.


  • In a saucepan, heat the salt for about 4-5 minutes or until it is very hot.
  • Put the salt in a muslin bag or sock. Salt can become extremely hot, so be careful not to touch it. The bag or sock should be tightly closed to prevent the salt from escaping.
  • Wrap the bag/sock in a towel or large face wash.
  • Before you apply to your child, check the temperature. If it is too hot, you might need to wrap it in a thicker towel.


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