How to make a herbal heating pad

Written by lillian downey
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Heating pads soothe sore, tired muscles, while herbs such as chamomile and lavender relax the body and mind. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, lavender and chamomile soothe skin, relieve anxiety and promote sleep. Put the benefits together, and you have a deep healing experience, perfect after a tough workout or a long day. This heating pad assembles quickly and dissembles quickly, too, so you can clean it or replace its ingredients.

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Things you need

  • Filler (flax, rice, oats)
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Chamomile flowers
  • Sock or fabric pouch
  • Funnel
  • Rubber band

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  1. 1

    Choose a container for your heating pad. For small surfaces such as your forehead or one shoulder, a clean sock works well. If you prefer a larger heating pad, use any size fabric pouch and simply double or triple the recipe.

  2. 2

    Pour 1 to 3 cups of either flax, oats or rice into a bowl. The type of grain you use doesn't matter. Choose whatever grain feels best to you. You want enough to fill your sock or pouch 3/4 full. Combine grains, if you like, to create a custom texture.

  3. 3

    Mix in 1/4 cup dried chamomile flowers. Stir lightly with your fingers, just enough to mix the flowers in, but not enough to crush them.

  4. 4

    Add 5 to 10 drops of lavender oil to the mix and stir lightly again. The amount you add will depend on how strong you want the scent to be. Add any mix of oils, if you find other oils to be more relaxing.

  5. 5

    Use a wide-mouthed funnel to pour your mixture into the sock. Fill the sock up to 3/4 full. Avoid filling it any more than that, so you can close it properly.

  6. 6

    Use a rubber band to close off the end of the sock. Twist it several times to make sure it closes tightly, so none of the ingredients leak out. You want the bag to feel slightly under-filled, so it can mould to the surface you place it against.

  7. 7

    Use the heating pad by microwaving it at 30-second intervals until it is warm and fragrant. Keep the heating pad for repeated uses, or empty it and wash the sock with your regular laundry.

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