The Original MAGIC Salt Sock… The absolute best (natural) relief for ear infections and ear aches (Originally Posted on PatchogueChiropractic.com December 16, 2013 by Dr. Dana Clum – I am no longer servicing that website)
Here’s a Blast from the past. I originally posted this 4 years ago when Xander (my youngest) was only 4 years old! Now Xander is 8 (see attempt to recreate original photo – interrupted by our puppy who really wanted to EAT the salt sock ;)) and we still find occasion to use the Magic Salt Sock. Most recently my 17 year old used it for ear pain to relieve the pain from a ruptured ear drum (high jump into a river – too deep too fast.)
This time of year, at least once a week, I find myself recommending salt socks to patients (either for themselves or for their children.) AND everyone comes back to say, “DOC, I can’t believe how well that worked!” SO, since… ’tis the season of colds, flus and EAR ACHES… I thought it was about time to re-post this for all to enjoy!
In my opinion, the absolute best things for an ear infection are:
- Get adjusted – misalignments in the upper cervical area (the upper neck) have been related to chronic ear infections in children.
- Do NOT lower the fever – the body raises its temperature to kill the bacteria. If we lower that temperature we are interfering with the body’s natural defense mechanism and could prolong the infection.
- Use a SALT SOCK for relief while you give the body time to heal.
Follow the simple instructions below to make your own salt sock
HOW TO MAKE A SALT SOCK:
Basically, a Salt Sock is just a white cotton sock filled with Coarse Sea Salt that you heat up and place on the affected ear for relief. Scientifically I could speak about the hygroscopic nature of salt, the healing properties of the minerals in the sea salt, or how the salt retains the heat so well creating a shift in the pressure within the ear… but its so much more fun to just say its MAGIC!!! Who couldn’t use a little more magic in their life – especially when their baby is suffering with an ear ache.
You will need a clean – ALL WHITE sock. Do not… I repeat DO NOT use colored socks, or socks with a colored toe section or colored line in the toe area. There is something in the colored threads/material that is flammable and will melt when you heat the sock. Do not risk it!!!
Next you will need about 1 – 1.5 cups of Coarse Sea Salt. It should be coarse, otherwise it will seep out of the sock… and it has to be sea salt – regular table salt is not the same.
Carefully pour the salt into the sock 🙂
Tie a knot in the end.
It should be about the size of your hand.
Heat it in a clean skillet, over medium-low heat for about 4-6 minutes – pick it up and shake it around and flip it every minute or so, so it will heat evenly. Heat until it is very warm, but not burning to the touch. (*see below for tips if you are thinking of using a microwave to heat your sock.)
Cover your ear and the area behind your jaw bone with the sock and relax for a while. You will be amazed by the relief.
You can reuse the salt sock for a long time, though it will discolor after a while. Replace with a new one when it gets too old, dirty or worn.
If you or your child continues to suffer with chronic ear infections, contact us. We can help! Chiropractic care and proper nutrition can put an end to chronic ear infections and make mom and child SUPER HAPPY!!!!
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NOTE ABOUT MICROWAVES: be very careful if you are going to heat it in a microwave – the salt will heat much FASTER and UNEVENLY and will take a toll on the integrity of the sock. I do not use a microwave so I can’t give specific instructions, other than to say colored socks and repeated heating of the same sock in the microwave can lead to an increased chance of the salt melting or the sock catching fire. Use a microwave at your own risk and be careful and heat in 5 second increments, shaking up the salt as you go until it is the desired temperature.
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The use of a salt sock or information in this post or its “comments” section does not serve to diagnose or treat any medical condition, and in no circumstance should replace medical care and supervision. Most ear infections, in otherwise healthy children and adults, will clear up on their own without medical treatment. However, in an infant, child or adult with lowered immunity they can progress into a severe infection or contribute to other secondary opportunistic infections. A salt sock may alleviate the pain associated with ear infections naturally and will complement traditional medical treatment and natural remedies alike.