A cold pack is a plastic envelope filled with gel that remains flexible at very cold temperatures. Buy two cold packs, and keep them in the freezer. Use them for bumps, bruises, back sprains, turned ankles, sore joints, or any other health problem that calls for ice. A cold pack is more convenient than ice and may become the self-care tool you use the most.
You can make your own cold pack:
- Mix 3 cups (710 mL) water and 1 cup (235 mL) rubbing alcohol in a freezer bag.
- Seal the bag and place it in the freezer until slush forms.
- Refreeze the bag when the slush melts.
A bag of frozen vegetables will also work as a cold pack.