Despite the huge choice of medicines produced by pharmaceutical companies, many of us prefer the traditional methods of treating diseases, especially those associated with the common cold. Their use in some cases gives an excellent effect without harming the body, in contrast to many medical preparations.
Feeling unwell, sore throat, or hearing a child sniffle, some adults rush to soar their feet with mustard for themselves or for their little one. This method is one of the most common among traditional methods of dealing with colds. However, not everyone is familiar with how to properly soak feet with mustard to get the maximum effect. It is also important to familiarize yourself with the contraindications, in the presence of which the use of this seemingly uncomplicated and safe "folk" method is prohibited.
Indications for children and adults
This physiotherapy procedure will help to cope with a cold at any age (including children). Most pediatricians recommend practicing this method from the age of five; earlier it is impossible.
Soaring feet with mustard is a useful and effective method if you have the following symptoms:
- any pain and discomfort in the throat (tingling, scratchy);
- dry cough;
- the appearance of common signs of a cold (temperature up to 37.5);
- runny nose and weakness.
It will also be useful to use spicy powder for baths for the prevention of acute respiratory infections and colds. For example, when a child's feet got wet, after long walks in the winter or hypothermia. If in time to make a bath with mustard, observing the basic rules and proportions, then you can prevent the development of the disease in the early stages.
The effect of the procedure is achieved due to the properties of mustard. It stimulates blood circulation, thereby ensuring deep warming of the legs and heat transfer upward through the bloodstream. In the presence of cough, these baths accelerate the discharge of sputum, which makes recovery faster.
Technology of use of mustard baths for colds
It is very important to follow a number of rules when using powder in the composition of foot baths. There are several recipes that describe how to soar your feet with mustard when you have a cold or cough. The sequence and peculiarities of the procedure for an adult person or a child do not depend on the purpose for which it is used - against coughing or to save the current nose.
In the classic version of the process is reduced to the following steps:
- hot water is poured into a small bowl (by volume, the tank should be selected so that feet fit freely in it);
- the approximate water temperature should be 38-40 degrees (to achieve it, boiling water can be poured into a basin and allowed to stand for about 7 minutes);
- 2-3 tablespoons of mustard powder are poured into water and stirred;
- they put their feet in a basin and hold them for about 30 minutes, periodically adding a small amount of hot water to the container;
- To fix the effect of the bath, you need to rub your feet with a pre-warmed towel and then put thick wool socks on them.
After you have finished soaring your feet in mustard when coughing, you should lie down in a warm bed and drink milk with honey.
With a progressive cold, accompanied by cough and runny nose, the procedure should be performed twice a day until the final recovery (in the absence of fever and other contraindications). In the initial stages (for example, when hypothermia or wet feet), such a bath can stop the development of the disease as one of the preventive measures.
How to steam feet with mustard baby?
For children, the duration of their stay in water should not exceed 15 minutes. The technology is the same as for adults. However, due to the peculiarities of the anatomy and psychology of the child, there are a number of rules that must be followed:
- the procedure should be carried out in the evening before bedtime;
- do not leave the baby alone, you must ensure that the child does not pull the legs out of the vessel;
- It is best to keep the water temperature no higher than 40 degrees (it is advisable to monitor it with a thermometer).
Another recommendation: so that the child is not naughty, you can run toy boats, ducks, etc. in the bath. This will make the treatment fun for the baby.
In children and adults, contraindications to the procedure are almost the same and include:
- high temperature (above 37.5);
- pregnancy and lactation period;
- high blood pressure, hypertension of the second and third degree;
- any malignant neoplasms on the skin and internal organs;
- the period of exacerbation of any diseases, including those associated with the cardiovascular and endocrine systems, the gastrointestinal tract;
- the presence of allergic reactions to mustard;
- child's tendency to diathesis.
Mustard trays are a great alternative to most antiviral and other medicines. This universal procedure can prevent the development of a cold or speed up the recovery of both adults and children. With proper use and no contraindications, such baths, among other things, will save money and prevent possible negative consequences of the use of pharmaceutical drugs.