Heating pads are great for a number of home remedies: soothing muscles, warming up, and comforting tired eyes. In addition, you can also add essential oils to them for aromatherapy. Below are instructions on how to make a custom microwaveable heating pad.
- Flannel fabric
- 6 cups of flax seeds, rice, dried beans, or corn kernels
- Marker or pencil.
Directions: This guide is for making a long heating pad designed for draping over the shoulders or wrapping around the knee. Obviously, you can make any size you desire provided you have enough material.
- Cut the fabric into a 17″ x 12″ rectangle. Fold the fabric in half (the long way).
- Have the finished (outside) side facing together (so it's inside-out).
- Sew a seam all the way around (1/4″ from the edge).
- Leave 3-4 inches open at one of the short ends.
- Turn it right-side-out.
- Now, draw 3 lines across the fabric, dividing the pad into four equal sections.
- Pour 1 1/2 cup of flax seeds into the first section.
- Sew along your line (sealing the seeds into that section).
- Repeat this until for the remaining 3 sections.
- When the last section is filled, sew across the opening to seal the pad.
When you want to to use your heating pad, just add a couple drops of a chosen essential oil* and heat it up in the microwave (we recommend no more than 3 minutes).
*Recommended oils: Lavender, White Fir, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Serenity Calming Blend, or Balance Grounding Blend
WARNING: overheated pads can burn you. We recommend heating a pad for 60 seconds in the microwave, and then increase by 30 second increments until you've reached the desired temperature. If you've heated the pad for too long, let it sit in the microwave until it has cooled appropriately. If you smell something burning while microwaving, you're heating the pad too long.