Rice Bag Heating Pad
So, I was browsing on the internet looking for a heating pad and all of a sudden I thought, 'I wonder if there is a hippy homemade way to make my own heating pad?'
I introduce to you the RICE BAG.
If you go on Etsy you will find a lot of people selling these in different sizes; some good for necks, eyes, wrist pads (like when using a mouse), tummys, and even booboo sized! You can make small square ones and put them in the freezer, and put them on booboos later. This would be an awesome (and super cheap) alternative for kids who hate ice packs.
For me, I like them warm. Pop it into the microwave for about one minute at a time. Each microwave is different, and the size of the bag and the amount of rice will also have an affect. For my bag, 2 minutes is pretty good.
What kind of rice do you use? Any kind! Brown, white, whatever. Some people use flaxseeds Nike Air Max Mens in there too, or a combination of both. And if you want, throw in some dried lavender or other scents you like!
How much rice do you use? I was using a pitcher when I poured mine in, so I only know the amount in fluid Nike Air Max 2016 ounces, which turned out to be 55 fluid ounces.
What kind of fabric do you use? I would suggest 100% cotton, because it will be unaffected in the microwave. You could make the rice bag with muslin, and make a cover with another fabric, if you want the option of washing it.
How long will it last? You will notice, surprise surprise, that it smells like rice. If you use it a lot of have it for a while, it will eventually have a cooked rice smell. At this point you might want to open it up and switch it out for new rice. I used Kaffe Fassett fabric :o)
I have made several Nike Outlet Online different types of this heating pad. I also make 10 x 10 for upper spine/neck heating this works better than a sock I also have a long one that I put on my spine.
When sewing, use on my 10 x 10 pad I use 3.5 tunnels, pour the rice in until it feels like the coronet amount, then sew the tunnels closed at the top so the rice/beans/corn or whatever you decide you use does not all lump to the bottom.
I use fleece material from Joannes Fabrics it inexpensive and soft.
For my 12: x 12 rice Nike Outlet Store Online Shopping pad, I nuke the pad for 2 minutes and 20 seconds in my microwave, which has an automatic circular plate. If your microwave does not automatically go around, heath fort 1 minute, turn over and heat for another minute.
I also have small 5 x5 pads for my elbows where I have arthritis.
Start your heating process conservatively. begin with 30 seconds for small pads like the 5 x 5 ones, 45 seconds for slightly larger ones.
When gentle heat is applied on a painful area of your body, blood vessels in the surrounding area gets expanded and blood circulation is promoted.
This provides additional oxygen and nutrients to the body cells, evacuation of waste products is eased, helps to heal the damaged tissue, relaxes muscles and brings you relief.
When heat is applied to the painful and stiff joints, it increases flexibility of soft tissues, connective tissues, and muscles. Increases range of motion and brings you relief.