Tutorial: Handmade Heat Packs & Sachets

herbal heat pack tutorialWell, if you’ve been following this blog at all recently, you’ll know that I’ve been a hurtin unit. My belly aching has been sounding like a broken record. Ouch this, ouch that! One of the few things making it possible for me to even stand in the morning has been the religious, nightly use of my homemade heat pack. Originally, I made one for myself and one for a friend with migraine relief in mind. Luckily, I haven’t had even the slightest headache in a while so I haven’t been able to test it out (knock on wood). However, my friend has been finding her’s to be helpful. Instead, mine has been employed in the sore muscle relief capacity. Let me tell you, I need to make an entire outfit out of this blend!

If you don’t know how to sew, have no fear. You can use iron on hem tape at best or a sock at worst (just fill it and knot the open end). Here’s what I used:

♥ Scrap fabric

♥ 2 pounds of jasmine rice (not the microwaveable kind…yuck)

♥ 0.02 pounds of calendula from the bulk herb section of the health food store

♥ o.04 pounds of chamomile from the bulk herb section of the health food store

♥ o.o5 pounds of lavender from the bulk herb section of the health food store

♥ 2-3 drops of rosemary essential oil added to the mix

♥ Velcro to seal up one end so you can empty and refill it.

I basically eye-balled the herb amounts so don’t sweat it if you have more or less. All of the herbs are completely optional. They’re great for migraine relief but not essential for muscle pain relief. I was able to make two hot packs plus two sachets (for those stinky drawers) out of the mix. The packs can be either put in the refrigerator or microwaved depending on your ailment(s). The total cost of the rice and herbs came out to be around $5.00. Not too shabby considering that a vendor at the farmers market sells them for $12 each.

Here’s to a pain-free existence!

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