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The Speedy Arrival of a Much Anticipated Parcel
My emerald super soft fleece YuYu bottle arrived via DHL, and I had to open it up to check it out immediately. I’d been browsing their website for ages, and was happy to finally get one of my own!
Heat therapy works best for me when it comes to relieving menstrual cramps, and my regular-shaped hot water bottle follows me around the house for the entire period (pun intended 😉 ). The warmth often provides more relief than painkillers, even! It so happened that I was right smack in the middle of my cycle, so I filled the YuYu bottle right up there and then.
Measuring at 81cm (31.88″), it’s a hot water bottle with an elongated shape that can be strapped around the body, or placed across pain points. The capacity is slightly more than my regular one and easier to fill as well.
It’s a top 20 best seller at Harrods and Selfridges in London, and five star hotels such as The Mandarin Oriental, The Ritz and Four Seasons have had bespoke designs made, to provide that extra bit of comfort for their customers!
YuYu Hot Water Bottle in Emerald Luxury Fleece
YuYu Hot Water Bottle in Coral Luxury Fleece
First Impressions Count
My first impression of it was how smooth and luxurious the fleece cover was. This pleasant sense of touch made me feel calm and comforted. I then tightened the strap around my waist, and was happy to note that it stayed on firmly – no slipping, sliding or constant re-adjustments needed. I even managed to wash the dishes and clean up after my birds hands-free, while the YuYu bottle provided ongoing pain relief!
If you’re looking for even more luxury, their grade A cashmere covers are sourced from Inner Mongolia, which is renowned for having the world’s softest cashmere. They use a traditional and ethical combing process which removes only 100 grams of wool from each goat per year, and which helps to prepare them for the hot summer months. If you’re allergic or sensitive to these materials, perhaps their pure Japanese cotton collection might be worth considering.
Grade A Sri Lankan rubber, designed to trap heat for longer. Eco-friendly, biodegradable, fair trade and flexible material.
Softest grade A cashmere cover sourced from Inner Mongolia, using an ethical and traditional combing process.
Surround Warmth that Radiates Outwards
I loved that it was ‘surround warmth’, with the heat spreading out to provide better relief, rather than confined to one small section of my body. It brought just as much relief to my back, as I had been sitting and working on my laptop for some time. I also tend to tense up the muscles in my neck and shoulders without realising, and the YuYu bottle could be draped across with ease. I was able to continue working without any hindrance, whereas I’d have to reposition my other bottle frequently.
YuYu hot water bottle gift box
Some Thoughts on the YuYu Bottle vs Weighted Blankets
I bought a weighted blanket a few months ago to see if it’d help with my sleep and anxiety issues, and I’m going to go so far as to say that I prefer the YuYu bottle, at least for these purposes. In fact, I’ve been using it like a warm bolster every night, hugging the fluffy fleece against my body for comfort. It’s made of grade A, eco-friendly and fair trade rubber from Sri Lanka, combined with a bubbled surface which helps to trap the air within the fabric. This helps it to remain warm for longer, and I usually fall asleep before it even cools down.
While the weight is the point of a weighted blanket, the problem for me is that I have trouble evening out the beads and pulling the cover over me, when I’m already aching and fatigued. The material is also pretty warm, which might be great during winter, but not when I live in a tropical climate year round.
The YuYu bottle on the other hand, is lightweight and also much cheaper than a weighted blanket! This is not to bash the benefits of a weighted blanket, and the purposes you use them for can be entirely different. But I also thought I’d share some thoughts in case you were weighing up a few different choices to aid with your own chronic conditions.
Not just for humans 😉
My birds love the warmth, too!
We all have expectations when we purchase or receive something, and this was no different. I’d say that what you see on the website is what you get. The YuYu bottle is exactly as advertised, and met all my expectations. It is a useful product to add to your pain relief toolkit, especially if you rely on heat therapy. It should last a long time if cared for properly, and is flexible enough to be used everywhere and for various conditions.
Minor Things to Take Note of
While the strap is soft and flexible, they are also looking at improving the design in order to make it hardier. And while it fits my body size perfectly, my partner’s dad had trouble tying it around his own waist for his back pain. It works equally as well if you just want to lay it across your pain points, however.
Some suggested ways to use it: drape it across aching muscles or joints. Strap it around to relieve back, gut, or period pains. Hug it to help relieve anxiety and provide comfort. Sling it across your neck and shoulders to relieve tension while you work. The possibilities are endless, it’s suitable for all genders, and they even have a cute kid-sized version with extra protection called ‘warm worms’!
Warm Worms, designed with extra protection for children.
Meet Benjamin, YuYu bottle’s blue warm worm for kids!
You can also read about how other #YuYuPainWarriors use it to combat symptoms caused by Endometriosis, Interstitial Cystitis, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Costochondritis, Fibromyalgia, IBS, CRPS, Lyme Disease, and other ailments.
YuYu bottle in Liberty London fabric. Hug it for instant comfort!
Use it to relieve pain from endometriosis, period cramps, IBD, EDS, and more.
A Special Discount for My Readers
What do you think about the YuYu bottle so far? Do you already own one, or are thinking about it? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. And here’s a discount code just for you! Key in ‘achronicvoice‘ on checkout to get a 15% discount!
This article is based on my personal experiences, and nothing in this review should be taken as medical advice. Always be sure to check with your doctor before you start on any new treatment or protocol, whatever that may be.
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