DIY Lavender & Rice Heat Pack
These homemade rice heating pads are filled with dried lavender and infused with essential oil making them incredibly soothing and relaxing, for the ultimate treat!
Using a rice heating pad is the perfect all-natural treatment for tense shoulders or stiff muscles, pain, discomfort, cramps, and tension in general.
Popping your homemade heating pad in the microwave before bed will become one of your favourite bedtime rituals for you and your children!
What you need:
You can use an old sock (sufficiently long) that has lost its mate in the dryer (natural fabric works best)
3 cups of rice (alternatively you can use flaxseeds or lentils)
10 drops of lavender essential oil
1/2 cup dried lavender
In a large bowl, mix dried lavender into the rice. Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil and stir well. Set it aside for a few minutes so the lavender can blend through all the rice.
Pour the mixture into the sock and fill it up about 3/4 of the way. You want to give it some room to move around inside the pouch, or it will be too firm to contour to your body. Once filled, fold in the open end down once or twice and sew shut the top to seal the heating pad (or tie the end in a knot and you are good to go!)
And there you have it – your very own heat pack! Put it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes to heat it, or freeze it if you want to reduce swelling. Always check the temperature with your hands before placing it on the skin.
Wrap the rice heating pad with lavender around your neck and shoulders, or on your back. The rice heating pad will stay warm for about 20 minutes. They can also be stored in the freezer – a couple of smaller sized ones would be great to have around for bumps and bruises.