Arthritis is a painful chronic condition that can stiffen up your hands and make it difficult to do daily tasks. There are a number of medical treatments, including medication, that can lessen its effects. There are also some home remedies, including soaking your arthritic hands in paraffin wax. If you have a crock-pot and some other household items and get some wax from the canning section in your store, you can use this method to relieve your pain.
Things You'll Need
- Crock pot
- Mineral oil
- Paraffin wax
- Cooking thermometer
- Plastic bags or wrap
Use a crock-pot to heat and liquefy the paraffin wax. Arthritis Insight says you should start out on a low temperature for safety. Stir the wax as it melts.
Stir in a cup of mineral oil to the wax once it has completely melted. Turn off the crock-pot once you have added the oil to the liquefied wax.
Monitor the temperature of the wax with a cooking thermometer until it reaches an appropriate temperature. Arthritis Insight says it will be ready to use once it cools down to a temperature of 125 degrees Fahrenheit.
Dip one hand into the warm paraffin and submerge it up to your wrist. Keep your fingers spread apart so the wax can get between them. Raise your hand out of the paraffin, then dip it back in again to add another layer. Do this ten times to ensure a good coating.
Remove your hand from the wax, then wrap it in plastic wrap or slide it into a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel to retain the heat as long as possible. Keep your hand still inside of the bag so you do not crack the wax.
After allowing the wax to stay on your hand for 20 minutes, peel it off over the crock-pot. Let it fall into the pot so you can reuse it for future treatments.