Gel packs or cold therapy is helpful for reducing swelling. I remember when I have hurt myself and the Dr. said to apply a cold pack. Well now I have them handy all the time.
You can make your own cold packs that you can use in an emergency. They are very easy to make and they work really well. Just throw them in the freezer and when you need one they are ready.
When I hurt my wrist a few years ago the physical therapist told me to use an ice pack. Well I didn't have any so I just put ice in a baggie and it was a mess. Now I just use my ice packs and they work great.
The great thing about them is you can use them over and over.
Supplies you need for the gel pack
- 3 parts water
- 1 part rubbing alcohol
- snap lock bags or heat sealed bags
- blue food coloring
Instructions Pour the water and alcohol and the blue food coloring into a bag and seal. The reason you use blue food coloring is so that you can avoid accidental consumption. A heat sealer would complete this project but you can make them with plastic sealable bags. I use my Food saver. To use it just put the ingredients in the bag and then freeze and seal for moist foods. If you use the snap lock bags be sure to double bag it.
It works because alcohol will not freeze so you end up with a slush frozen get pack.
Use them in your coolers for your food. They work great.
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