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Making Your Own Heating Pad

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If you need sore muscle relief, or help for a minor sprain, you can easily make this DIY heating pad for that! Great for camping, or when you don't have access to electricity.
Grab an old sock, some rice and essential oils.
fill the sock with 1 cup rice
Add essential oils as desired. I used 20 drops of lavender. Other oils to use would be peppermint, or orange for their cooling and uplifting properties. Those would be great for using on a sore neck or shoulders.
place in a colander over a pot of boiling water to heat. You don't want to get it wet, just hot.
place on sore area. The heat will last for about 2 hours to help relieve the pain.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Old sock   (laudry room)
  • Rice   (grocery store)
  • Essential oils   (health food store)

To see more: http://thehomesteadinghippy.com/how-to-make-a-rice-filled-heating-pad/

Ask the creator about this project

  • Marj
    Marj Canada
    on Jan 27, 2017

    I love this easy idea! Thank you for sharing. :)

  • Lynne Webb
    Lynne Webb
    on Jan 27, 2017

    I was hoping someone would suggest this 'heating pad'. My grandmother did that for me when I had a toothache or earache in the middle of the night. She warmed the rice in a saucepan or oven. The rice held heat for a long time, much longer than a hot water bottle. And with only a couple of wall plugs in each room, we didn't have the luxury of a heating pad.

  • Imcrazyandhesnuts
    Imcrazyandhesnuts
    on Jan 27, 2017

    this also works for cold, make the same way, but store in the freezer and use as an ice pack....also makes some out of baby socks ...works good for little booboo's, and the kids will usually hold it themselves..I like to use colorful little socks with designs on them

  • Donna Wood
    Donna Wood Milwaukee, WI
    on Jan 28, 2017

    I stuffed mine with dry garbonzo beans. But any kind of dry beans would work. My husband can't believe how long it stays warm--for his aching back.

  • Redjeep1
    Redjeep1
    on Jan 30, 2017

    Yes, I wanted an idea to make hand warmers for winter time. Thanks for idea of socks!!

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