These homemade gel ice packs are very inexpensive and easy to make, for under $2, and they a great form of cold application for sore muscles or injuries.
What is a cold application?
Is the application of a cold agent, cooler than skin, either in a moist or dry form, on the surface of the skin. Applying cold to a muscle or injury helps:
- To reduce pain and body temperatures.
- to anesthetize the area.
- To control hemorrhages.
- To control the growth of bacteria.
- To prevent gangrene.
- To prevent edema,and
- To control inflammation.
What you need:
- Plastic freezer bags, zipper sandwich bags, or zipper craft bags.
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup rubbing alcohol
- Food coloring (optional)
- In a container, mix the water with rubbing alcohol.
- Put some food coloring to make them cool (optional).
- Fill the bags with the solution.
- Squeeze the bag to let as much air out of the bag before closing tight.
- Place the bags in the freezer for an hour, or until it takes a gel consistency (the alcohol prevents the water to freeze).
Use the ice pack over the affected area of the skin, preferably wrapped in a piece of cloth or towel, to avoid burning the skin. Apply cold therapy for a maximum of 20 minutes at a time. The best way to apply both heat and cold therapy, is to alternate 15-20 minutes each one, for an hour or two.