There’s nothing better than to escape the cold, harsh winds of winter to snuggle up with your favourite hot water bottle.
The humble hot water bottle is a necessity for hygge and cosy winter evenings, but is that all it is good for? The short answer is no!
A hot water bottle holds many benefits, and today we want to introduce you to the YuYu version. We’ve got the many ways you can use a hot water bottle in your everyday life, and how the YuYu will revolutionise your winter!
About The YuYu Hot Water Bottle
The YuYu hot water bottle is the first ever to feature a long shape. What does that mean? Well it means you’re able to use the product along a larger part of your body than with a standard square shaped bottle.
This can help to apply heat to specific areas of the body where you’re feeling aches or pains. In addition to this, it also features drawstring ties to be worn around the body hands-free.
The YuYu hot water bottle is also the perfect eco and sustainable option. Hot water bottles are more economical to keep you warm, by offering direct heat versus heating a whole house. The YuYu bottle needs less than a litre of water to be filled, which uses up significantly less energy than central heating would.
The YuYu bottle cover is also made using a specific waffle design, trapping heat and keeping it warm for longer. Up to several hours!
The bottles are made in Sri Lanka using A grade rubber that is fair rubber certified. YuYu is also part of the fair rubber association, giving fair payment for the rubber purchased. Ensuring the money is distributed fairly to plantation workers who ‘tap’ the rubber.
The 7 Benefits Of A Hot Water Bottle
Aches And Pains
From back aches to nerve pain, applying heat to your ailment can significantly reduce discomfort. A hot water bottle can be an easy way to apply direct heat in a safe and comfortable way.
UCL’s Heat Therapy Professional, Dr Brian King explains how this works. ‘Pain is caused by a temporary reduction in blood flow which activates our pain receptors. The elongated YuYu Bottle stands out because it takes advantage of the horizontal arrangement of sensory nerves supplying the human skin and deactivates the pain receptors at a molecular level.’
When heat is applied to an ache or pain, heat receptors turn on at the site and temporarily reduce the pain receptors. This means that heat can work similarly to painkillers to reducing pain.
The benefit being, with a hot water bottle you can apply this directly to the source of pain. Increasing effectiveness and offering instant relief.
After a workout, it may be that you have sore and tight muscles. This is often referred to as DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) which is the soreness you’ll feel the day or two after your workout.
Passive heat can be very beneficial for reducing this soreness, if applied after a work out. A hot water bottle can help to relax stiff muscles, and help micro-circulation.
This heat is good for both reducing the effect of DOMS, or aiding the aches once it has happened.
To Cool Down
It may seem counterintuitive due to the name ‘hot’ water bottle, but these bottles can be used effectively to cool you down. This can be useful in the hotter, sunnier months or again to cool aching muscles.
For hot summer nights, putting your hot water bottle in the freezer is an ideal way to keep cool. Just fill it up half full, and leave in the freezer for 2-4 hours. This is an eco-friendly option to keeping a fan or AC on all night.
Due to the thermal properties of the rubber bottle, the water will stay cool for a good few hours. While keeping you cool too!
Period cramps can be a serious and regular discomfort for a lot of people. Hot water bottles are often used in this instance for a source of pain relief.
As with regular aches and pains, the heat helps reduce pain receptors and can act as a natural form of pain killer. A hot water bottle is known to help in relaxing the uterus, reducing the tightening of blood vessels and improving the blood flow to the abdomen area to improve pain.
The YuYu bottle’s unique shape means you can apply the warmed bottle all around your lower abdomen. This helps to target stomach and back menstrual pain at once. Using the drawstring ties enables you to have both relief and comfort while having your hands free.
Stress And Anxiety
We may all associate a hot water bottle with keeping us warm and cosy in the colder months, but it may be doing more than just keeping the cold at bay.
A hot water bottle has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety when used. Similarly to a warm bath, or a warm cup of chamomile tea. It helps to soothe, and can reduce everyday stress instantly.
The warmth from hot water bottles can help to stimulate blood flow and circulation in the body. This increase in blood flow can help to relieve anxiety and stress. This can help your body relax, and even give you a relaxed and deeper sleep.
Help A Cough
As well as promoting a healthy mind, a hot water bottle can aid you when you’re not feeling your best. The winter weather is prone to bringing a myriad of illness, coughs and colds and there’s nothing worse than feeling all blocked up.
If you are feeling congested, applying a hot water bottle to your chest can help. The heat from the bottle helps to soften any mucus and can help to clear your airways and reduce wheezing from coughs.
You can even use this same method on your head for sinus congestion. The YuYu bottle can again help with this method. This is as the unique long shape of the bottle can help you apply the heat to specific areas on your ear, nose or head versus the traditional square share.
If you want to try out one of the YuYu bottles, shop our range here and try out all these benefits!