While a hot bath can wash away stress. A long hot soak in the bath can help anxiety and worries float away. A study conducted in Japan confirmed the stress-relief effects of hot bath soaks. The deep muscle relaxation associated with a hot bath helps to reduce cramps, tension headaches and improves muscle elasticity. The process is similar to a massage.
Apply cold to your back using ice cubes, iced towels or take a cool bath. Heat can also be used to ease muscle tension by applying a hot water bottle or taking a hot bath soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
Inhale steam to ease your congestion and drippy nose. Hold your head over a pot of boiling water and breathe through your nose. Be careful. If the steam burns your nose, breathe in more slowly. A hot shower or bath is also an effective cold/chest congestion treatment.
To relieve an attack of pain caused by gas, cover the abdomen with a hot water bottle. You can also apply to the abdomen a towel soaked in a mixture of brandy with hot water and a pinch of salt.
Hot and cold water therapy can also be used to treat foot pain. While the hot treatment will promote blood flow, cold treatment will reduce the inflammation. When suffering from foot pain, apply a heat pad and an ice pack alternately for ten minutes to reduce foot pain. Another option is fill one bucket with cold water and another one with bearable hot water. Now sit in a comfortable chair, and dip your feet in hot water for two minutes and then do the same with cold water for ten minutes. Repeat the whole process two to three times again.
Muscle Tension/Sore Muscles
A long hot bath is very soothing to tense/sore muscles it helps to get deep into your muscles, offering real relaxation and inducing a relaxed state.
Drink a cup of hot water, drink it while it is still warm. Drinking hot water will also kill the virus causing any infection.
For fast and effective sore throat relief gargle warm saltwater use the warmest you can easily tolerate. Salt acts as a mild antiseptic. Gargle and spit out. Repeat every hour.
Vaginal Yeast Infection
Prepare a shallow slightly hot bath, add a cup of salt to the water and soak for 15 minutes. Sit in the bath with your knees apart while the hot water destroys the yeast breeding ground. Hot water and sunlight destroys yeast organisms on your clothes.