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Wrap Your Feet In Aluminum Foil To Treat Everyday Aches And Pains

by Johanna Silver
Johanna is a writer who lives, works, and volunteers in New York.

There are plenty of natural and inexpensive medicines out there — some may even be in your kitchen right now, like this bread and apple cider vinegar treatment for your feet.

But did you know that there is another handy kitchen resource that can help treat a wide range of pains?

Well there is, and it may have you scratching your head: aluminum foil!

Before you write it off, tinfoil is actually a pretty well-known pain reliever, popular among many Chinese and Russian physicians.

This is because it supposedly regulates one’s body’s biological pathways, called meridians, that energy flows through. This soothes different areas in the body and helps alleviate pain and speed up healing times.

The foil’s chemical elements help make this unique healing process happen — it seems to good to be true until you try it!

But while aluminum foil can help to ease everyday aches and pains, it should never take the place of professional medical attention. Be sure to consult with a physician before trying any home remedies, and continue to take any prescriptions your doctor recommends.

Check below to learn all the great things that foil can do for your body!

Aluminum Foil Use #1: Eases Muscle Pain

Wrapped in aluminum foil
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Wrapping foil around any sore muscles can help relieve the pain.

Gently rolling foil around the sore area then fasten it to make sure it stays in place.

Keep it on for eight to 12 hours and repeat the process for 10 to 12 days before taking a break for a week. 

Aluminum Foil Use #2: Treats Cold And Flu Symptoms

Foot wrapped in aluminum foil
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Foil can also treat colds or the flu, which can leave you bedridden.

Wrap your feet in five to seven layers of foil, remembering to put a bandage or cotton in between. 

Leave on for an hour then remove for two, then repeat the process two more times.

Aluminum Foil Use #3: Soothes Burns

Soothe burn with aluminum foil
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Foil can also get rid of pain from getting burned.

After sterilizing the wound and covering it with a layer of gauze, you can wrap foil around it until the pain goes away.

Aluminum Foil Use #4: Treats Signs Of Fatigue

Pieces of aluminum foil under the eyes
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Since foil reorganizes channels of energy in your body, it can help you feel more refreshed and balanced.

Many makeup artists swear by this trick to look more awake and refreshed regardless of how much sleep you got.

Put two small strips of foil in the refrigerator for several hours then place them under your eyes — you should look more awake once you take them off!

Aluminum Foil Use #5: Helps Sciatica Symptoms

Wrapping foil around feet
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Sciatic pain can be burning, searing, and can feel even worse when you sit down.

Contacting you doctor with symptoms is definitely the most productive option for getting rid of the pain, but wrapping your legs in foil, similarly to how you would with muscle pain, can ease the discomfort.

Aluminum Foil Use #6: Eases Rheumatoid Arthritis

Putting foil around fingers
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Foil can also help your body when it is experiencing numbness or joint pain.

Wrapping your fingers periodically in tinfoil can help ease the pain from rheumatoid arthritis.

Aluminum Foil Use #7: Heals Post-Surgical Scars

Heal scars with aluminum foil
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Tinfoil can also help soften scarring after injury or surgery.

Similar to healing burns on the skin, wrapping and bandaging parts of your body can help speed up the scar-shrinking process.

Aluminum Foil Use #8: Soothes Inflammation

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Foil wrapping can eliminate inflammation, which is why it can help reduce colds.

It can also reduce inflammation in your joints from infection and fractures.

Aluminum Foil Use #9: Treats Gout And Heel Pain

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Always used externally, tinfoil can be a powerful resource against all kinds of pain. Even the symptoms from gout can be eased with a little wrapping.

While aluminum foil can help to ease everyday aches and pains, it should never take the place of professional medical attention.

Be sure to consult with a physician before trying any home remedies, and continue to take any prescriptions your doctor recommends.

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