Melt the wax (use low heat if you use a double
boiler). Stir often to speed up the melting.
Stir in the mineral
Turn off the heat, and allow the wax to cool until it has a
thin film on the top. This will mean it is getting cool enough to put your hand
or foot in.
Use the thermometer to check the temperature of the
wax. It should read about
125°F (51.7°C) when you begin
Before you begin, use warm, soapy water to wash the
hand or foot you are going to treat. This will keep the paraffin clean so you
can use it again for future treatments. Dry your hand or foot completely.
Relax your hand or foot, and dip it into the paraffin, being very
careful not to touch the sides or bottom of the pot. Allow the wax to come to
just above the wrist or ankle. If you are unsteady, it helps to have another
person guide your hand or foot in and out of the paraffin.
your hand or foot out, but hold it over the paraffin. Allow it to dry a few
seconds until it stops dripping.
Repeat this process 10 to 12
times. Each time you dip in, stop just below the
previous line of wax on your skin. This will keep warm wax from getting in
under the wax that is already on your skin and will prevent
Wrap your hand or foot in plastic wrap or slide it into a
Next, wrap a towel around your hand or foot and hold
it in place with rubber bands or tape.
Leave the paraffin on for 20
minutes. Then unwrap your hand or foot and slide the paraffin from your hand or
foot back into the pot. The wax can be melted and used again.
the paraffin, and save it for next time.
Do not use paraffin if you have poor blood
Wait until you are fully healed if you have a
rash or any open sores on the hand or foot you want to treat with
Make sure the wax temperature is no more than
125°F (51.7°C) when you start
Each time you dip your hand or foot into the
paraffin, dip a little less far than the time before. That will keep warm wax
from getting in under the wax that is already on your skin, which will prevent
Paraffin can catch fire if it's heated too much. Follow the
instructions above or the advice of your doctor.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 08, 2013
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