Calf Wraps • Relieve fever & pain with wraps

Calf wraps for a fever, quark wraps for a sore throat: Wraps are among the most important home remedies because they effectively relieve symptoms such as the symptoms of colds. Additives such as quark, onions or cabbage are used. Which wrap helps when and what you should pay attention to.

Calf or quark wraps: All envelopes are based on the same principle. Wraps generally wrap around a specific part of the body, such as the neck, chest, or calf, and work in two ways:

  • about their warm or cold temperature,
  • about the substances with which the wrap was soaked or coated.

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Cold or warm: which wraps for which complaints?

  • Cold wraps: Cold compresses are popular for sprains, bruises, acute inflammations, burns and joint pain. The pleasant coolness reduces blood circulation, has a decongestant and anti-inflammatory effect. Cold calf compresses are also the method of choice for people with a fever and even sleep disorders.

  • Warm wraps: The warm variant is used for bladder infections or bronchitis. In general, warm compresses are particularly effective in the case of poor blood circulation, feeling cold or full, nervousness and stomach cramps. The improved blood circulation means that more nutrients and building blocks reach the cells, the supply of oxygen increases and the metabolism is stimulated.

  • Warm chest wrap: Well-tempered chest compresses also help with coughs and protracted bronchitis.

  • Warm neck wrap: For sore throats and hoarseness, warm neck wraps are pleasant and beneficial.

Calf wraps for fever: how do they work?

Used correctly, calf compresses can lower the body temperature by half a degree or a full degree if you have a fever. For correct use, it is important to know how calf compresses work:

  • Wraps that are soaked in water initially lead to cooling and a loss of heat in the lower legs.

  • The autonomic nervous system, more precisely the sympathetic nervous system, is activated: blood pressure rises, breathing deepens, the metabolism is stimulated.

  • After about five to ten minutes, the calf wrap will have reached body temperature. Then exactly the opposite happens: the parasympathetic nervous system is activated. Relaxation and enlarged blood vessels are the result. So calf wraps can also help with difficulty falling asleep.

  • In this phase, compresses have a calming effect and can even warm the body. In the event of a fever, the compress should therefore be removed before the phase begins.

In the event of a fever, calf compresses are applied several times behind the other. It is important to remove the compresses as soon as they no longer feel cold. The water temperature should be about 10 degrees below body temperature.

When shouldn’t you use leg wraps?

If the wraps feel uncomfortable, the calf wraps should be removed. If your hands and feet are cold, the fever is still rising and you suffer from chills, you should not do any calf wraps. Even if you have a urinary tract infection or an irritated sciatic nerve, calf compresses are not advisable.

Leg wrap in children

For children, you should only use calf wraps after consulting a doctor. In addition, it is recommended to use this home remedy from 18 months at the earliest. The water temperature should be lukewarm, between 28 and 32 degrees Celsius. Never use calf compresses if the child is cold or has chills.

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Three layers: put on the wrap correctly

A wrap consists of three layers:

  • a damp, warm or cold inner cloth
  • a dry intermediate cloth
  • a dry outer cloth that maintains the temperature

With the right wrapping technique, the inner sheet should be washable for hygienic reasons, so it should be made of linen (particularly cooling) or cotton. In addition to pre-purchased sets from the pharmacy or medical supply store, household towels such as tea towels or old sheets are also suitable. The inner cloth is followed by a dry cotton cloth. It keeps the moisture away from the outer cloth. The intermediate cloth should always be permeable to water and air (no rubberized cloth or foil). The intended temperature stimulus only arises when the moisture can evaporate.

The outer cloth can be a little smaller than the other two cloths. In the classic Kneipp therapy, it is made of wool, as it preserves the temperature particularly well. The purpose of the outer sheet is to fix the wrap on the body. Especially with children, it can also be replaced with a tube of jersey or cut-off tights and then does not slip so easily. Since wool cannot be boiled out and also scratches, a woolen cloth used as an outer wrap should not touch the skin.

Tip: For everyday use, the intermediate and outer layers can also be replaced with a single thick terry towel.

Quark wraps or potato wraps: which ingredients have which effects?

Whether quark, potatoes or cabbage: the list of ingredients for compresses as a home remedy is long. Which wrap is suitable for which complaints?


Quark wraps, which midwives like to use against inflammation of the breast (mastitis), have a heat-removing, pain-relieving, expectorant and anti-inflammatory effect. Quark also cares for the skin and keeps the cold for a particularly long time. Bruises, sprains, osteoarthritis and joint pain also benefit from the effects of curd compresses.

Preparation: Smear the curd in a cloth and wrap it around the affected area. The wrap can be removed as soon as the curd has dried.

Potato wraps (potato topping)

Number one in the warm application is the potato wrap. The tuber is a great store of heat and a treat for tense muscles. Intense warmth promotes blood circulation and relaxes the muscles. On the throat for a sore throat or on the chest for a cough, potato wraps are suitable home remedies for colds.

Preparation: Boil and mash the potatoes. Put the potatoes in a cloth and fold it. If necessary, an intermediate cloth can be placed on the skin. Then put the cloth with the potatoes on it. A towel, which is also placed around the potato wrap, is suitable for fixing. The temperature should always be checked before the application. Wraps that are too hot can cause burns. After 30 minutes, remove the compress and rest for another 30 minutes. If the potato wrap feels uncomfortable, it should be removed.

Cabbage wrap

Cabbage wraps are also very important. White cabbage and savoy cabbage are valued for their germicidal and cleansing properties. In inflammatory processes, they remove toxins from the body. Cabbage wraps are good for shingles, insect bites, rubella and burns. The vegetable also promises relief for sore throats and joints, gout and rheumatism.

Preparation: Only the inner, fresh leaves are used for a cabbage wrap. Wash the savoy cabbage or cabbage leaves and cut out the thick veins. Place on a cloth and roll out with a bottle or rolling pin. The juice then comes out. If you want the wrap to be warm, wrap the leaves in a towel and place them on a heater or hot water bottle. The leaves can then be placed directly on the skin and the cloth wrapped around it. Wear it for at least a maximum of twelve hours and then wash off the affected skin area.

Onion wrap (onion sachet)

Onion compresses have a blood circulation-promoting, disinfecting and pain-relieving effect. When cut into small pieces and only gently warmed, onions have proven themselves especially for ear wraps in otitis media and ear pain.

Preparation: Chop the onion and heat it up (microwave, heating, fry briefly). Then put the cubes in an old sock, for example, and place them on the affected area such as the ear. The bag can be attached to the head with a hat or a scarf. Remove after 20 to 30 minutes.

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