I still remember – as if it were yesterday; my mother applied a compress (wrap) when I had a fever or put an onion wrap on my ear and tied it up with a scarf when I had an earache. What are wraps and compresses? Either a single cloth or multiple cloths, moistened with liquid or wet pastes, applied to or around part of the body. These are nice memories – whether I’m remembering my mom’s tender love and care, or the effect of the compresses, it’s difficult to say.
One thing is for sure – compresses are gentle and effective methods to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. They can be applied warm or cold and produce different effects.
Here, we present our two favorite compresses for summer, to help with sunburn, mosquito bites and summer flu, among other things.
Lemon compresses have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and cooling effects on sore throats. They are best used cold. Cold neck wraps draw excess heat from the inflamed throat and are suitable for hot, burning sore throats.
With their astringent effect, lemons ease the swelling of the inflamed tissue. They also have an anti-inflammatory effect and smell pleasantly refreshing.
The cloth must be laid out so there is only one layer of fabric between the lemon slices and the skin. Apply around the neck and throat and wrap a woolen scarf around it.
- Summer flu (sore throat)
- Mosquito bites (1 lemon slice on the mosquito bite and wrap a layer of cloth around)
Place cloth and scarf on a table, place lemon slices on the cloth, fold together, pat on the cloth to get a bit of juice out, wrap the cloth with the scarf around your neck.
Yogurt / quark compress
We recommend using Greek yogurt or quark, whichever you can find. Yogurt compresses contain lactic acid bacteria, which have antibacterial and decongestant properties. The damp cold also has a decongestant and pain-relieving effect. As soon as yogurt dries, blood circulation is stimulated.
Yogurt compresses have been a popular home remedy for centuries.
A cool yogurt compress can be applied to painful, overheated, red and swollen areas of the body, for example:
- Joint pain and inflammation
- Acute tendinitis
- Tennis elbow
- Varicose veins
- Sore throat and hoarseness
Place cloth on a table, spread yogurt / quark on the middle part of the cloth, fold and put on skin, wrap another cloth around and fix with a sticky tape.