The Magic of Heating PadsMolly Franken

I am certain that every mother has that one cure, that one remedy for all things sick, achey and out of sorts. Some moms have a special liquid concoction. Others a special root or herb. Even others a homemade meal.  Maybe a topical ointment for a few. Whatever it may be (and believe me, I know your mom has one), they firmly believe it’s the one solution to all of your problems. It is THE trick, THE miracle aid, THE best option and it is put on repeat over and over again.

Growing up in my household, my mother was a HUGE endorser of the heating pad. In fact, she still is. It’s her cure all. Headache? Heating pad. Tight neck? Heading pad. Cramps? Heading pad. Charlie horse? Heating pad.  Stressed out? Heating pad. Cold feet? Heating pad. Pinky chopped off? Heating pad. Break up? Heating pad. Okay, maybe not for the break up.  In my adult life, it’s gotten to the point where I know she is going to tell me to use that heating pad before she even says it.

Me: ‘Mom, my back has been killing me. I think I might need to buy some new pillows.’

Mom: ‘Probably but in the meantime…’

Me: ‘Right, a heating pad.’

Even worse? Unbeknownst to her, I’ve already put the heating pad to use in many of these situations. She doesn’t even need to tell me because I’m already trained in the art and implementation of the heating pad. As an adult, a heating pad is such a staple in my life I find it shocking that others may not have one. And the reason I know others don’t have one? I catch myself using it as a solution to all of THEIR aches and pains when offering up advice. So, not only have I grown into many things that resemble my mother but now I have grown into her heating pad cure all endorsement. Could anything scream old lady status like a heating pad recommendation? I think not.

So, I’m curious. What is your mom’s cure all? What is in her bag of tricks? Inquiring minds want to know…especially as I sit typing this at my computer with the warmth of this heating pad at my back.

Image via Taildom

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  1. My mom’s a nurse so growing up… and still even now… she has everything for anything right at home!!

  2. Peppermint Tea. And I don’t know if it’s all in my head, but it sure does work for me.

  3. My mom believes Halls Defense Lozenges fix everything.

  4. All sounds so familiar with my mom. Vicks vapor rub for colds, heating pad for cramps and ginger ale for upset stomach.

  5. Vapor rub on your chest and a tiny bit by your nose also produces comforting warmth.

  6. I have a heating pad on my desk chair at work… :)

  7. Aloe Vera plants (the actual plant cut in slices) apparently heal EVERYTHING. And mom had a heating pad, too. ;) Cute kitty!

  8. My mom’s trick is a heating pad for most things, or a bag of ice (or rice that’s been in the freezer) for achy/sore joints and headaches. She recommends vapor rub and hot showers, too. :)

  9. I also love the pic of the cat- anytime a heating pad is in use in our house, the cats fight over sleeping rights and we end up keeping it out far longer than we need it so that cats can be cozy!

  10. Neosporin. Didn’t matter if it was a tiny scrape or if your arm was severed from your body. Neosporin cures it all. And, as you have found, I find myself shocked when other people don’t have it or use it. I have a tube at work, in my travel kit, my medicine cabinet at home and in my purse. You never know when you might need some neosporin!

  11. Lucas’ pawpaw ointment.

  12. strangely enough, my Dad introduced me to the heating pad, and seriously NOTHING beats cramps like them! In fact, I just woke up and my cat was asleep on mine just like your picture :). My mom is more of an essential oil believer.