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Neck wrap for sore throats

by Josephine Andrews
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A neck wrap is a tried and tested home remedy. It is mainly used for sore throats and sore throats. The wrap can unfold its beneficial healing powers both warm and cold. Read this article to find out which compress works best for a sore throat and how to use it correctly!

What is a neck wrap?

A sore throat wrap is a classic home remedy for symptoms such as sore throat and hoarseness . A distinction is made between cold and warm as well as moist and dry wraps. The principle of application is the same for every neck wrap: A cloth (warm or cold, moist or dry) is placed around the neck and covered with at least one other cloth and fixed.

How does the neck wrap work?

A warm neck wrap supplies heat to the body, promotes blood circulation and has an antispasmodic effect. As a result, the neck wrap relieves the pain of a throat or tonsillitis . A cold neck wrap, on the other hand, withdraws heat from the body and slows down inflammatory processes. It relieves pain, allows the vessels to contract and has a decongestant effect.

If you also wet the neck wrap (moist-warm or moist-cold neck wrap), this intensifies the effect because the moisture keeps the heat or cold longer.

Sometimes a neck wrap is just aimed at that physical effect. But there are also neck wraps with additives (herbal tea, lemon, quark, essential oils, etc.) that increase or extend the effect.

What ingredients do you need for a neck wrap?

For a moist neck wrap you will need:

  • Inner cloth (preferably made of cotton or linen; size: large cloth handkerchief or kitchen towel): Warm or cold water is poured over the inner cloth and then wrung out.
  • Intermediate cloth : The intermediate cloth should be larger than the inner cloth. A cotton, linen or terry towel is most suitable.
  • Outer Cloth: Fixes the wrap. A wool scarf, terry towel or thick molton cloth is suitable for this.
  • bowl
  • Water or herbal infusion (e.g. chamomile or sage tea)
  • If necessary, additional fastening material (plaster, bandage or similar)

Of course, you don’t need water or a bowl for a dry neck wrap. However, if you want to make the neck wrap with additives such as quark or essential oils, you should also have these ready, for example:

  • lemon
  • Quark
  • essential oils (e.g. sage, eucalyptus)
  • If necessary, knife, fork, spoon or spatula (for spreading quark or other additives)

With all wraps, it is important that the fabric panels can be applied closely to the body. The towels should not be too big, but also not too small for the corresponding part of the body.

How do you use the neck wrap correctly?

For a moist and warm neck wrap, fold the inner cloth at least once in the middle and roll it up from both long sides towards the middle. Place the inner cloth in a bowl with the two ends sticking out. Pour about 500 to 750 milliliters of hot water (or herbal tea) over it. Then wring out the cloth several times, but be careful: risk of burns! If the water is still too hot, let the wrap soak longer. As a result, the heat is distributed and can be emitted for a long time and evenly.

Place the wrung-out cloth against your neck from the front without any creases. Leave your spine free—otherwise the damp wrap can cause tension in the neck. Now lay the intermediate cloth tightly around the inner cloth. Use the thicker outer cloth to tie the warm wrap around your neck.

Leave the moist, warm neck wrap on for 20 to 30 minutes or as long as you find it comfortable. Then remove the wrap and dry your damp neck with a towel if necessary. The patient should then rest for 30 minutes.

Never cover a damp wrap (whether it’s warm or cold) with foil or any other impermeable material – heat build-up can occur.

Another variation is the warm lemon wrap : the juice and zest of a lemon in hot water can enhance the effect of the neck wrap. Lemon has anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties, among other things. Put the juice and the grated zest of an organic lemon in the hot water, then place the inner cloth in it and let it soak.

warm neck wrap with essential oils can often provide quick relief for a sore throat. For example, you can add 3 drops of cajeput, 1 drop of spike lavender and 4 drops of rosewood to half a liter of hot water and soak the inner towel in it. The further procedure is the same as with the normal moist and warm neck wrap.

You can also use essential oils along with a fixed oil as a carrier oil for an oil neck wrap . Here’s a recipe recommended for tonsillitis: Add three drops of eucalyptus oil to a teaspoon of fatty oil (eg almond oil). Ideally, you should have warmed up the carrier oil in a water bath beforehand. Then put the oil mixture on the inner cloth. Place this on the painful area of ​​the neck, cover it with an intermediate cloth and fasten the whole thing with a woolen scarf. Leave it on for 30 minutes or even better: put it on before bed and leave it on your neck overnight.

For children, the use of essential oils should be discussed with a doctor or aromatherapist beforehand – some oils irritate the mucous membranes and cause shortness of breath. In addition, you should generally test the compatibility of essential oils before using them: Rub a drop of the oil in the crook of your arm. If there is no skin irritation (such as redness, itching ) within the next few hours , you can use it.

warm potato pad around the neck can also help with a sore throat. Boil 500 grams of unpeeled potatoes until soft, then drain and let the steam evaporate. Place on the unfolded inner towel and mash with a fork or cutting board. Now wrap the potatoes in the inner cloth and seal them with adhesive strips to form a packet. Put this on the aching neck, cover it with a dry intermediate cloth and fix it with an outer cloth. Leave on for at least 30 minutes or as long as the pad is felt to be comfortable. A potato wrap on the neck can be applied once a day.

For a damp and cold neck wrap (also known as a Prießnitz neck wrap), proceed in the same way as for a damp and warm wrap – except that you moisten (immerse or pour over) the inner cloth with 10 to 18 degrees cold water . In the case of an acute sore throat, leave the neck wrap on for 30 minutes, or for several hours in the case of other sore throats. Then remove the wrap and protect your neck from the cold with a woolen scarf.

Another variation of the wrap is a cold quark wrap around the neck . To do this, spread 250 to 500 grams of low-fat quark (room temperature) on a gauze compress and put it around your neck. Cover the quark pad with a dry cloth and fix the wrap with a larger outer cloth. In the case of acute inflammatory processes, leave on for a maximum of 20 minutes, otherwise until the quark is dry. After that rest. Use once or twice a day. You can read more about this in the article Curd topping .

What complaints does a neck wrap help with?

A warm neck wrap is said to help against the following symptoms:

  • Sore Throat
  • hoarseness
  • bronchitis
  • tonsillitis
  • laryngitis

With the addition of lemon, the warm neck wrap is particularly effective against bronchitis and congested airways, for example when you have a cold .

If the patient is uncomfortable with the heat, a cold neck wrap can also relieve sore throat (eg in the case of a sore throat or tonsillitis) and hoarseness.

When is a neck wrap not recommended?

A warm neck wrap should never be used in acute inflammatory conditions. In the case of cardiovascular diseases, any heat treatment should be discussed with a doctor in advance. Before applying a hot wrap, you should always test the temperature on your forearm first. The same applies especially if the neck wrap is intended for a child or someone who is not good at sensing temperature stimuli (eg diabetics) – burns can then easily occur.

A cold neck wrap should never be applied if the patient is cold, has cold limbs or chills . Before applying the wrap, the temperature on the forearm should be checked. As with hot compresses, this is particularly advisable if the patient is a child or a person with impaired temperature perception.

In addition, if the patient finds the (warm or cold) neck wrap uncomfortable, then take it off immediately!

Home remedies have their limits. If the symptoms persist over a longer period of time, do not improve or even get worse despite treatment, you should always consult a doctor.

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