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Wraps for the neck, stomach, pulse or calf

Wraps for the neck, stomach, pulse or calf

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Wraps are back in fashion. They are among the old household remedies that Pastor Kneipp has successfully used in connection with his hydrotherapy. Everyone knows calf wraps that are used for high fevers. However, there are a large number of wrap recipes that, in addition to conventional medicine or other naturopathic treatment methods, can accelerate the healing of numerous symptoms. Various active substances are used together with the wipes. These include water, wild herbs, essential oils, curd cheese, Schüßler salts, healing earth and much more. In the meantime, medical studies are being carried out in Berlin, in which, for example, the effectiveness of wraps against arthrosis is examined. The wraps relieve pain and other symptoms.

How wraps work

These old home remedies strengthen the immune system, reduce inflammation and thus pain. Depending on the application, they are cooling or warming, promote blood circulation, serve to purify, relieve cramps and show many other positive effects depending on the active ingredients used. However, wraps are not magic. In the case of more serious illnesses and / or if there is no improvement, a visit to the doctor or alternative practitioner is essential.

Treatment with wraps is a so-called stimulation therapy. Depending on the temperature and size of the wraps, this means a weak or even strong stimulus for the body, to which the latter then reacts. An example of this is the well-known calf wrap, in which heat is extracted from the body with a cool wrap. The principle “less is more!” Applies here - as is so often the case. This means that the stimuli should be gentle so that the body is neither cooled nor overheated. The younger the patient, the less stimulus and duration of treatment should be. The application times mentioned here usually refer to adolescents and adults.

What is important in the application

This home remedy requires some preparation. Please note the following: A wrap is not carried out between the door and the hinge, but requires a calm atmosphere. In order to be able to really relax during this time, it is advisable to go to the toilet beforehand. Immediately after eating, but also with a growling, empty stomach, a wrap application is not recommended. Cold wraps should never be used on cold skin. Cold feet are warmed up beforehand - preferably with a foot bath. Allergies should be taken into account if the wrap contains additives such as herbs or essential oils. Coffee, black tea, alcohol and nicotine should be avoided before treatment.

Warm, hot or cold?

Adults and adolescents are asked what temperature they feel. If someone rejects cold or realizes that it is not good for you, never use a cold wrap. Warm wraps are always used for babies and toddlers, as cold or hot would create too strong an appeal.

Warm wraps

Warm wraps are used when cold is not indicated, but hot is also unsuitable. For example, a warm wrap is the treatment of choice for sinus, kidney or bladder infections and for neuralgia.

Hot wraps

Hot wraps warm up strongly, they are only suitable for adolescents and adults and should not be used in infants. They help particularly well with tension in the area of ​​the back and abscesses or boils.

Cold wraps

Cold wraps take heat away from the body. Therefore, they are often used in connection with fever, joint inflammation, swelling and pain.

"Ingredients" for wraps

The following is required for a wrap: an inner cloth made of cotton or linen, an intermediate cloth, also made of cotton or linen, an outer cloth, possibly made of wool. Baby diapers can easily be used for the inner and intermediate cloth. An old scarf or a pillow case, which is fixed with the belt of a bathrobe, is also suitable as an outside towel. If this is too complicated for you, get a ready-made changing set.

The size of the inner wipe depends on the area to be treated. The inner cloth is always the cloth that is soaked in the appropriate liquid or on which the additives to be used are applied. This is covered with an intermediate cloth. The outer layer forms the outer cloth, which is often made of wool or silk. Some applications require a little raw wool or cotton wool.

Wrap for the neck

The general rule is that the front and side of the neck are covered with the inner cloth, but the spine should always remain free. A cool or cold neck wrap helps with a sore throat, especially if those affected long for cold drinks. Either cool or cold water or additives such as lemon juice, lemon slices or curd are used for this.

Lemon wrap for the neck - lemon juice or lemon slices

The juice of a lemon is added to the water and the inner cloth is soaked. As an alternative, lemon slices can be used. To do this, cut a lemon into thin slices. So many lemon slices are placed in the middle of a cotton cloth that the spine remains free when put on. The free ends of the cloth are folded over and tapped on it with your fist so that the lemon juice can escape. Then the wrap is placed around the neck. The intermediate and outer cloth come over it. As soon as there is an itch, the wrap is removed immediately, otherwise after about half an hour.

Quark wrap for the neck

Quark wrap is a relatively well-known home remedy. The curd wrap for the neck helps with sore throat and throat pain, even if it is quite strong. Quark wraps work against inflammation and swelling. However, curd smells quite unpleasant, especially when it has warmed up. That's why children often reject this wrap. However, the curd variety is a particularly effective type of wrap.

For this purpose, low-fat curd is applied to the middle of the inner cloth. The two free sides are folded over and the wrap is placed briefly on the heater so that it is tempered. The thin side of the inner cloth comes on the neck, over there is the intermediate cloth, then the wool scarf. Caution: here too the spine must be "free of curd". The wrap can be worn until the curd is warm. Care should be taken when removing the wrap. The curd that has become dry crumbles very strongly.

Potato wrap for the neck

The potato wrap helps with mild swallowing difficulties. If the complaints are more severe, the choice is better on the lemon or curd variant. The potatoes are boiled in trays for the wrap, wrapped in kitchen paper and then crushed using a potato masher or a similar kitchen tool. The whole thing then comes in the middle of the inner wipe, the two free ends come over it and the thin side of the wrap is placed on the skin. Caution, the wrap is hot and may need to cool down a bit before use. An intermediate cloth is not urgently needed here. However, the inside cloth can be covered with raw wool or cotton wool and the wool scarf comes over it - the potato wrap is done. This keeps the heat for a very long time and stays on the neck as long as it is perceived as pleasant.

Honey wrap for the neck

Honey has a strong anti-inflammatory effect that can be used well for a wrap. For the honey wrap, the inner cloth is thickly coated with honey (about half a centimeter thick) and the two free ends are folded over it. The thin side of the cloth should then cover the front and side areas of the neck. The intermediate cloth and the outer cloth come over it. This wrap can be worn for an hour or two.

Wraps for the ears

Otitis media should always be treated by a doctor. However, an ear wrap can aid treatment and reduce inflammation.

Chamomile wrap for the ears

Chamomile is a home remedy that is becoming increasingly popular today. Above all, it has an anti-inflammatory effect. For the wrap, about a handful of dried flowers are placed in a sachet. This is warmed between two hot water bottles, then placed on the diseased ear and fixed there with a hat or a headband. In order to intensify the effect, the affected person lies with the sick ear on a hot water bottle or a warmed up spelled pouch. The wrap can be repeated several times a day and is removed after about an hour. The sick ear is then kept a little warm. Drafts must be avoided.

Onion wrap for the ears

Onions are anti-inflammatory and therefore pain relieving. Although this wrap does not smell very good, it should definitely be tried with an ear infection. Children initially reject it when they feel its effect, but they even ask about it if they experience any complaints. This is a good home remedy, especially for severe earache, to create relief. For the onion wrap, a medium-sized onion is chopped, placed in a thin cloth or finger cot, warmed up between two hot water bottles and then placed on the ear or behind the ear (on the bones). Put some raw wool or cotton wool over it and fix it with a hat or headband. Here too, the effect can be supported by lying on a heat source. After an hour, the onion wrap is removed and the ear is still protected with a hat or headband.

Hot onion wrap

Even more effective than the simple onion wrap is an ear wrap for which the onions are gently heated in vegetable oil or ghee. The heat dissolves and distributes the volatile sulfur compounds of the onion even better. The heat dissolves substances that act like an antibiotic. To do this, cut a large onion into small pieces, add it to the weakly heated fat and fry until glassy with repeated turning - the onions should not turn brown. Place the fried onion in a terry towel or a folded kitchen towel. Depending on how warm it can be on the ear, a small towel is placed around this washcloth. Then lie flat, with the aching ear on the side of the rag. The helping active ingredients rise upwards into the ear canal due to the moist heat. The wrap should remain on the ear until it cools down noticeably. Repeat several times a day if necessary. This is one of the most proven home remedies for otitis media.

Breast wraps

Breast wraps help with coughing, stuck mucus and coughing attacks. In the case of small children, the breast wraps are only placed on the front of the upper body; in the case of larger children and adults, they can be placed almost all around, with the spine being left out. The effect of the breast wrap is supported by keeping the rib area warm on the left and right with hot water bottles.

Quark wrap for the chest

Application see curd wrap for the neck.

Hot lemon wrap for the breast

The lemon wrap is a good home remedy for stuck cough. A prerequisite for this is an intact, insensitive skin, since the lemon juice can possibly lead to skin irritation. If this happens, the wrap must be removed immediately and the skin treated with a nourishing ointment, for example marigold ointment.

For the wrap, a large lemon is squeezed out and mixed with hot water. This is used to impregnate the inner cloth that is placed around the chest with the spine cut out. The lemon wrap can stay there for half an hour. Then the skin should be treated with a suitable nourishing cream or ointment.

Wrap with lavender breast oil

Lavender has a relaxing, calming, but also antispasmodic effect. The breast wrap with lavender oil thus helps with restlessness, difficulty falling asleep and also with irritable cough and mucus. To do this, a cotton cloth is dipped in ten percent lavender oil, then wrapped in aluminum foil and heated between two hot water bottles for about ten minutes. The breast is covered with the cloth, a little raw wool or cotton and then a wool scarf. The wrap can stay on as long as it is comfortable.

Breast wrap with thyme tea

Thyme is a very good herb that works well for coughs. This tea is on everyone's lips as tea. For the breast wrap, a tea is boiled from half a liter of water and two teaspoons of thyme herb, in which the inner cloth is then dipped. The wrung-out cloth then covers the skin, with an intermediate cloth and a wool scarf and finally a hot water bottle on each flank. The duration of the application is approximately one hour.

Wrap for the belly

A simple home remedy for wrap for the belly with chamomile

A tea is prepared from a handful of dried chamomile flowers and half a liter of water. The inner cloth is soaked and then placed on the stomach. The intermediate cloth and wool cloth come over it. If you like, put a hot water bottle on it. As long as the wrap is warm, it can remain on the stomach.

Wrap for the belly with caraway oil

This variant is particularly appropriate for flatulence. The inner cloth is soaked with ten percent caraway oil, wrapped in aluminum foil and warmed between two hot water bottles and then placed on the stomach. This wrap already helps babies if they suffer from annoying flatulence and / or cannot tolerate the change in food. The inner cloth is best covered with a little raw wool or cotton wool and then fixed with the wool scarf. This wrap can also stay overnight.

Pulse wrap - hands and feet

Pulse packs are an alternative to the known calf packs. They are used as an alternative for fever. For this, water (temperature four to five degrees below body temperature) is mixed with some freshly squeezed lemon juice. This is used to soak small cloths and then place them around the arteries of the hands and feet. Intermediate towels come over it and the whole thing is best fixed with wool gauntlets. This home remedy is renewed every ten minutes and the application repeated three times. After that, a break of at least one hour is necessary.

Liver wrap for fasting detoxification

According to Hildegard von Bingen, a liver wrap has a relaxing and relieving effect on the whole body. Yarrow is mainly needed for this, deer tongue herb, milk thistle herb and sage are a suitable addition. Pour 400 milliliters of boiling water over a good handful of the dried herbs and let it steep for 20 minutes. Soak a thick gauze cloth (or alternatively baby diapers or a small terry towel) with the finished tea, the herbs can be wrapped directly in the cloth. Now put this liver wrap on your back, another towel over it. With a hot water bottle, the wrap should now also be warmed from the outside while relaxing on its side. The hot water bottle can also be easily attached to the body with the help of an old scarf until the wrap is removed after about 40 minutes. At best, it is wrapped after eating and before going to bed. Warning, this wrap should not be used for stomach or intestinal ulcers.

Herb wraps for the knee

As already mentioned above, the wraps come back into fashion and are even integrated into therapy today by doctors. In acute knee problems, knee swellings or arthrosis, herb wraps are extremely beneficial. For such a wrap, the leaves of the savoy cabbage or white cabbage are rolled with a rolling pin (or a rolling pin) on a baby diaper so that the juices can escape. The effect of this wrap is quick since it is applied directly to the painful knee joint. This wrap should be used several times over a long period of time. It remains on the affected knee for at least two hours per application. Such a herb wrapping treatment can even help against joint wear - researchers in Essen found in a study.

Ayurvedic wraps

Wraps are also a well-known home remedy in Indian naturopathy. They are put on for different reasons - for pain, for relaxation, for inflammation or to discharge toxic substances. In the case of cough, a wrap with ghee, which is placed around the chest, is recommended. Attention: This wrap should not be used for acute infections with fever or mucus formation and with a full stomach.

Ayurvedic kidney wrap

The kidneys filter toxins from the body's circulatory systems, they should always be kept warm. A properly applied kidney wrap provides excellent support for the body in excreting harmful substances.

The kidney wrap is prepared with ginger and field horsetail. Mix from three tablespoons of grated ginger, a tablespoon of horsetail and a small cup of hot water, then let stand for at least eight hours. The next day, reheat this liquid if it is too viscous, dilute with more water. Then filter with the gauze diaper (or alternatively a cotton cloth). Spread the mass on the cloth and soak the wrap with the filtered liquid, then squeeze out.

This wrap can now be placed on the kidneys, with the ginger mass inside, over the back. The effect of the wrap can be improved with a hot water bottle. The wrap should be removed at the latest when the hot water bottle has cooled down. Then dry the kidneys well and give the body some rest.

Different wraps

Special variants of the wraps can be used against various other complaints, the active ingredients playing a significant role.

Wrap with healing earth

A wrap with healing clay helps with sprains, joint problems, an abscess and much more. Warm or cool water, depending on the complaints and feelings, is mixed with healing earth to a porridge and then spread on the middle of a cotton cloth. The other two ends are wrapped and the thin side of the wrap is brought to the diseased area. A healer wrap can stay there as long as it is comfortable.

Quark wrap for joint complaints

Joint complaints - especially if they are acute and inflammatory - respond quite well to an application with curd cheese. For this, the curd is not applied directly to the skin, but placed on a cloth as with the healing earth winding. The curd wrap may stay there for as long as this is good for you.

Mustard flour wrap for the joints

For chronic complaints, the mustard flour wrap is a good home remedy. To do this, black mustard flour is mixed with warm or even hot water to a porridge and then placed on a cloth. This is hammered in from both sides and attached to the painful joint with the help of a gauze bandage. The wrap is removed immediately when the whole thing starts to burn, otherwise after five to ten minutes.

A beeswax wrap

A beeswax pad is very special and suitable for the smallest children. The finished beeswax pads can be purchased in the pharmacy. They are covered with paper and then warmed between two hot water bottles. Then they can be placed directly on the skin. They help with cough, joint and back problems and relieve abdominal pain and flatulence. (sw, dp)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.

Susanne Waschke, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch


  • Ute Baumgärtner, Brigitte Merk, Annegret Sonn: "Wraps and pads (nursing practice)", Thieme, 2014
  • Ursula Uhlemayr, Dietmar Wolz: "Wraps and pads: advice, selection and application", Deutscher Apotheker Verlag, 2015
  • Irmgard Wenzel: "Wrapping Therapy - Wrapping and Pads", alternative practitioner professional association

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