How to Make a Salt Pack. An application of heat can help stiff muscles and joints feel better, or can ease menstrual cramps and stomach aches. Though you can use heating pads, salt is an excellent retainer of heat and its weight can help soothe you further.
Heat the salt over medium heat in a pot until it's very hot. Stir with a wooden spoon as you heat so all of the salt is equally heated. It should be fully heated within ten minutes.
Pour salt into a cotton pillowcase. Wrap the pillowcase around it so the salt will not spill. You may want to put the first pillowcase inside a second one to make sure the salt stays inside.
Immediately apply the salt pack to any area of your body that is stiff, to stomach for menstrual cramps or to any painful joints. Relax and let the weight and heat of the salt pack soothe you.
Reheat the salt when it looses its heat. You can use it four to five times, after which it stops retaining heat.
To create aromatherapy benefits with a salt pack, add a few drops of essential oil of your choice into the salt as it is heating or when you add it to the pillowcase. Eucalyptus or ginger oils will help stiff muscles relax. When the salt can no longer hold heat, add it to bathwater to soften the water or use it as a body scrub.