Homemade Heating Pad

Kelli Tellez

  Do you have a sprained ankle? A sore neck or back? Or maybe it's "that time of the month"? I have the solution. In two minutes we will be on our way to being pain-free.

pouring rice into a sock to make a heating pad

Heating pads that you plug into electricity are too constricting. You can't move around. You have to sit close to a plug in. And, oh no, don't fall asleep with one on. Pain-relief rubs really aren't my thing either. Our skin is the largest organ we have and slathering chemicals all over it, just to have them absorbed straight Into our bloodstream to do who knows what kind of harm, doesn't sound too wonderful. So what are we to do?

  For example, it's that time of the month and cramps are just not letting up. I have a solution. Let's go to the laundry room and grab that extra sock that's been laying in there for weeks. You know the one, that old white one. The one you keep laying in there hoping it's mate will show up one day. Well, now he has a purpose. Got Mr. Sock? Okay, follow me to the kitchen. Now all we need to do is fill the sock anywhere from half to three-fourths full of rice. Use uncooked rice please. And we can use whatever rice we happen to have on hand, white, brown, wild. It will all work just the same. Tie a knot in the end of the sock and pitch him in the microwave. I nuke mine for about a minute. You can experiment with yours. It will all depend on the thickness of the sock, the type of rice, etc.

  Keep in mind you can use and reuse Mr.Sock forever more. He can be heated over and over in the microwave or even put in the freezer to use as a cold pack. I love adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to mine. Smells so relaxing!

  Let's go find our most comfy spot and sit and put our new all natural heating pad on our sore spots to soothe away the pain.

  Enjoy all and here's to a happy, healthy, holistic home.

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