The striped sack of flax you see above (along with a very supportive husband) has been my saving grace.
This is a flax seed comfort wrap and it has been my savior more than once. Most notably when I was in labor with my youngest. Five days before that lovely experience, some friends took me to a craft show where we walked around trying to force the stubborn one out. That effort was unsuccessful but while we were there I found this and had an inkling that it might be helpful when the time did finally come.
Boy was it ever! I had the nurses keep heating it up (in the microwave for no more than 2 minutes) and bringing it to me to help with contractions and after the birth with cramping. One of my postnatal nurses actually said every woman who comes in should have one.
And since then I have used it time and time again; with heat for sore muscles, cold (in the freezer for 2 hours) for headaches, and most recently heated on my sore and achy muscles and chest.
The best thing about this is that it is totally eco-friendly. There is no electricity required like with a heating pad (except the temporary use of microwave or freezer). If you are crafty you could make your own by repurposing scraps or stained shirt, filling with organic flax seed and sewing shut. If you are like me and far from crafty, I have found some Etsy shops for you that feature cuter wraps then mine for less money. I am trying hard not to be jealous.
The Ferris Wheels features not only wraps like mine, but a neck, shoulder, back wrap, wrist, hand, and arm wrap, foot cozies, sinus migraine, and keyboard mouse rests.
There are all kinds of ways to indulge. Or, if you are trying to save money (and really, who isn't) I would suggest just buying a large versatile one like mine and draping it across the different areas of your body as needed.
There are also a number of artist's who make boo boo bags for your kid's bumps and bruises.
What do you think? Is it worth giving a shot? Do you have your own household flu remedy? If so, bring it on. I am willing to try almost anything at this point.