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Heal Yourself Topics

The 1-2-3 Method
3 Phases of Healing
Water for Health
Moist Heat Therapy
Lymph System Health
Fascial Health

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5 Healing Benefits

The warm temperature radiates from your heat source, and dilates the blood in the area where it is applied. This increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the joints and muscles, making blood flow smoother and increasing ease of movement.

The increased flow of oxygen and nutrients to the joints helps heal the damaged tissue.

Moist heat helps stretch the soft tissues around connective tissue and joints, decreasing stiffness and increasing flexibility in tendons and ligaments.

Heat stimulates the sensory receptors in the skin, which means that applying heat can decrease the pain signals transmitted to the brain, helping to relieve discomfort.

The warmth from heat therapy decreases muscle spasms and can increase range of motion.


Limit the heat therapy at first to fifteen minutes at a time, increasing to 45 minutes.

Most therapists and doctors advise not to use heat right after an injury, as this will have the opposite effect of ice. Heat increases blood flow and relaxes muscles. It's good for easing tight muscles, but will only increase the pain and swelling of an injury.

Heat therapy should not be used on people who have circulatory problems, who are unconscious, who cannot feel or respond to heat (e.g. in paralysis).

Use extra caution if you are diabetic. Take care not to burn or damage the skin.

Place a soft towel or cloth between the heating pack and the skin.

Take care when using a heat pack if you are taking medicines that make you sleepy or if the area being treated is numb.

Wait at least twenty-four hours before applying heat to skin that has been bruised, cut or used for an injection or subjected to any "invasive" procedure. (NOTE: Heat can increase bleeding.)

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Humans have always enjoyed the therapeutic benefits of heated water — from showers to hot springs to hot water bottles. Among the myriad options for pain treatment, heat remains one of the simplest and the best. In most cases of injury or a chronic condition, Moist Heat rather than Dry Heat is scientifically proven to be more effective.

We always recommend Moist Heat as a therapeutic option, especially using our 1-2-3 METHOD that involves the application of a transdermal (topical) herbal/mineral Spray and/or Salve. After application of the spray and salve, and if time permits, apply moist heat for 45 minutes. A heating pad placed over a slightly damp cloth on top the affected area is simple and relaxing, especially if listening to inspiring music, gazing out a window into nature, watching a video, or just sitting still. Commercial heating pads with felt liners, or specially designed heat wraps can also be used.


For most people, the answer is, YES! Based upon customer feedback, we are certain Moist Heat is a perfect complement to using herbal remedies. Here's some applications:

elderly handsMuscles, Ligaments, Tendons, and Joints
These all respond well to Moist Heat, when applied in general or after activity/exercise. This is why it is effective for chronic conditions such as muscle and joint discomfort or stiffness. As such, it is great therapy for hands, arms, elbows, shoulders, neck, back, spine, chest, and lower body. (NOTE: swollen or inflamed injured areas should not initially receive Moist Heat; instead, use cold therapy, like an ice pack).

In one clinical trial comparing heat and over the counter medications, heat wraps were found to reduce pain in the lower back significantly more effectively than oral painkillers, including acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Those individuals in the study who received the heat wrap as opposed to the drugs experienced 70% less pain, 140% reduction in disability, and 95% better physical capabilities. John Mayer, Ph.D. and the Director of Research at the U.S. Spine & Sport Foundation, notes that, “Simply wearing a portable heat wrap in conjunction with exercise cuts pain and disability approximately in half.”

Before Exercise
Applied before activity, Moist Heat increases the flexibility of joints and increases blood-flow. As we age, our tissues dry out more, and this increases risk of injury or improper repair and remodeling of the body part. That is why we need to increase water intake. Drinking water orally serves to replenish tissues and joints. Moist Heat assures the fluidity of the injured area during healing, similarly to water.

puffy elbowBursitis
In a technical sense, issues with bursae and synovial membranes can be called inflammation — ordinarily heat therapy should not be used when there is swelling or inflammation because it increases circulation and skin temperature. However, when permeating topical herbs are first applied and rubbed in well, moist heat supports their movement into deep tissue and joint areas.

Internal Organs
Herbal remedies are very restorative to organs like our lungs, heart, GI tract, liver, kidneys, and the like. With bronchial congestion, for example, applying a topical herbal/mineral spray and salve to the chest, followed by Moist Heat is deeply therapeutic. Similarly, feminine issues and discomforts can be comforted by applying the spray and/or salve, followed by Moist Heat over the pelvic area.



Most medical practitioners unfortunately do not know how to integrate herbal remedies into common medical practice or advice. We have consistently found that Moist Heat, based upon customer feedback, has been restorative for numerous injuries and conditions, even though some swelling or inflammation is present. We are certain it is because of the deep permeation of the herbs to affected area.

Deeper Muscle Penetration
Because water transfers heat better than air, moist heat therapy delivers more heat directly to your skin without losing heat in the transfer process. The result of this greater heat transfer efficiency is that more of the heat makes its way deep into muscles, joints, ligaments and soft tissue. This deep muscle penetration is invaluable because blood flow and oxygen levels are increased, thereby accelerating the healing process. Applying heat externally serves the important purpose of calling blood to the area of pain and inflammation, improving circulation, and getting rid of any lactic acid buildup in the muscles (which contributes to soreness).

heat padFaster Relief of Pain
Moist heat pads are able to relax and penetrate the muscle faster due to the wet heat. As the muscle heats up specialized blood cells (fibroblasts, for example) quickly rush in to start the healing process. People who use moist heat therapy report that they start feeling more relaxed faster each time they do the therapy and get better faster overall.

Does Not Dry Out Skin
Dry heat therapy tends to pull moisture away from skin causing it to dry out. Think about what happens to your skin when it gets too hot inside your house - your skin gets dry and can crack if you do not apply moisturizing lotion. The same is true of heat therapy. Applying direct heat to your skin will leave your skin drier over time. Moist heat therapy, on the other hand, doesn’t wick moister away from your body. Leaving your skin warmed without drying it out.

Longer-Term Pain Relief
While people using moist heat therapy tend to report that their pain symptoms are relieved faster, they also report that on average the pain relief lasts longer —  reducing the need to use heat therapy as often. People with chronic conditions like arthritis who use moist heat packs regularly tend to require moist heat therapy less often than when using dry heat therapy. Fewer applications are required due to the increase in blood flow and oxygen levels that allows quicker muscle and tendon healing.

Deep Penetration of Herbal Inputs
The moist heat opens the pores of the skin, allowing a highway of sorts for the herbs to move into sub dermal and deep cellular levels. The heat allows the carrier of the herbs (oil, beeswax, alcohol, water, etc.) to warm and liquefy, an important step in massaging the spray, lotion, or salve deep into the affected area.

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Research in Sports Medicine has demonstrated that over-icing an injury can actually do more harm than good.

Icing should be done only in 10-15 minutes periods within the first 1-2 hours, followed by moist heat thereafter.

Otherwise, icing effectively stops the key leukocyte blood cells from migrating to the injured area to begin the healing response. Moist heat is shown to activate and support the most beneficial healing response, reducing swelling, pain and bruising.

Strategy for Using Moist Heat

mgheatwrapA heating pad is very effective for creating moist heat. Some have a felt pad that can be slightly moistened and inserted into the cloth case. Otherwise, moisten a soft cloth or felt pad, place on body with the heating pad over it.

Apply moist heat for 45 minutes

Infuse the moist heat with MgCl and/or other essential oils — rub the MgCl spray onto affected area then apply the moist heat. You can also dribble a few drops of oil of Rosemary, or Cedarwood, Lemongrass, Clove, and the like onto the moistened felt or cloth


Dry Heat vs. Moist Heat

According to a US National Library of Medicine study, moist heat enhances pain relief, often in a shorter timeframe than dry heat. In their study, one hundred subjects exercised for 15 minutes. Dry heat and moist heat were applied in different groups after exercise and 24 hours later. Results revealed that the greatest pain reduction was shown after immediate application of moist heat. The researchers concluded that moist heat penetrates deep tissue faster than dry heat, within only 25% of the time of application of the dry heat.

How Do Dry and Moist Heat Compare?

Moist heat has many advantages over dry heat:

  • Moist heat is more effective than dry heat in deeper tissue heating
  • Moist heat penetrates more than dry heat at the same temperature
  • Moist heat has additional capacity to change the tissue temperature rapidly and obtain more vigorous response from temperature receptors
  • Patients often report greater relief of symptoms from moist heat
  • Moist heat is preferred over dry heat as a treatment or component of the treatment for the following conditions: pain, stiffness, muscle spasm

Dry heat still reduces pain, stiffness, andsoreness. But, remarkably, moist heat has the ability to resolve pain in about 25% of the time that dry heat does. When you’re comparing two hours of heat therapy versus eight hours, that’s a major vote for moist heat. Another study showed that those who benefitted the most from the pain-relieving effects of heat are those who immediately applied moist heat (such as a moist chemical heating pack, steam from a sauna, or a hot bath) for about two hours. A drier, less humidifying kind of heat (like a dry chemical pack or a heating pad) is not as effective and must be used for a longer period of time.

Heat may have amazing effects, but don’t throw away your ice packs too fast. Cold therapy can also be useful for muscle pain, typically during the very initial stages of discomfort when there is swelling that responds well to the contracting powers of ice. Both heating and cooling methods of treatment can lead to pain relief after a workout or a long day working in the yard, but only heat has the ability to penetrate deeply into the tissues, relax muscles, and moisturize joints and buffering membranes.

  •  “Low-Level Heat Wrap Therapy Can Significantly Reduce Acute Low Back Pain, Study.” Medical News Today. Medilexicon International, 11 May 2005. Web. 12 October 2015. <> ↩
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  •  Petrofsky, Jerrold et al. “Moist Heat or Dry Heat for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.”Journal of Clinical Medical Research (2013): 416-425. NCBI. Web. 12 October 2015.  <>




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