Wheat Bag Heating Instructions

Updated April 17, 2017

Wheat bags are an all-natural alternative to electric or chemical heating products. The bags are generally made from a cotton or fleece outer covering and filled with wheat grains, buckwheat seeds, and other herbs. Since the bag is comprised of many small grains, it easily moulds to the contours of the area being treated. Heating a wheat bag is a quick and easy process that will ensure expedited relief for aches and pains.

Place the wheat bag in the centre of your microwave. Make sure the bag is flat and evenly distribute the contents of the bag.

Fill a cup with water and set it in the microwave next to the bag. As the water heats it will add a slight moisture to the air in the microwave. This will prevent the contents of the wheat bag from getting excessively dried out.

Set the microwave for one minute and thirty seconds. This is the average length of time it takes to heat a typical rectangular-style wheat bag.

Start the microwave.

Check the temperature. Gently place your hand on top of the wheat bag. Continue heating the wheat bag in 15 second increments, until the bag reaches your temperature requirements.

Remove the bag from the microwave carefully. Use tongs to pull the wheat bag out of the microwave, if it is extremely hot.

Place the bag on the area that requires therapeutic attention. A typical wheat bag will retain heat for thirty minutes.


Use caution when using a wheat bag, to avoid burns. Never leave the bag unattended in the microwave.

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Amanda Goldfarb became a freelance writer in 2006. She has written many articles for "Oviedo TRI-Lights," "Cool Runnings" and several other health- and fitness-related blogs. She has also contributed to her town's tri-club newsletter. Goldfarb obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Central Florida and is currently pursuing a degree in emergency medical services.