Allergy season is upon us. Depending on where you live, the grass, tree or weed pollen counts can fluctuate from day to day.
For some reason, this past Saturday, my face was so sore. Sinus pressure started under my eyes and as the day went on (and while I was at the On The Run concert), I got worse and worse. My head, my teeth even were giving me fits. I’d taken a OTC sinus pain reliever that day, but it only dulled the pain until it wore off. I didn’t have a back up. I suffered all night.
Fast- Forward to the next day, here comes the pain again. Annie Lennox, watch out! . Another OTC and warm wash cloths to ease the pain. I thought to myself, I wish I still had that microwave heat pack again. Not sure what happened to it it, but needless to say, I sure did miss it right now.
Then the juices started flowing. My orthopedic surgeon had suggested to me in the past to warm up a bowl of rice and use it to heat up my finger before doing my home physical therapy. Eureka! I have rice and I can just make a heat pack for my face.
Using some scrap fabric from a maxi skirt I’d made the day before (post coming soon), I made a heat/cold pack.
- (2) 10″ x 6″ pieces of scrap fabric (feel free to interface them)
- 2 – 2.5 cups of rice
- Essential oil (6-10 drops)
- Needle & Thread or sewing machine.
- Tailors chalk or pencil
- Bowl & Funnel
With right sides together, using a 1/2 seam allowance, sew up your ‘pack’, around one side, across the bottom and up the other side. If on a machine, backtack for sure.
Sew the top closed about 2 inches in.
Turn right-side out. Use a chopstick or turner to push the corners out.
Fold the raw edges inside and press.
To keep the rice in place so it’s not falling all to one end or the other, measure the pack into thirds and stitch 2 lines starting and finishing 1 inch in from the seam. If hand sewing, the running or back stitch works.
Pour your rice into a bowl and drop some essential oil into the rice. I used lemongrass. Be careful, A little goes a long way.
Mix up the rice so the scent is infused throughout the bowl. Using your funnel, pour the rice into the open end of the pack and allow it to settle into the bottom and middle compartment. Fill the last compartment only 1/2 to 3/4 of the way. You’ll need room to tuck in the raw edges and close the pack.
Hand stitch or machine stitch the pack closed. If hand sewing, the slip stitch works.
When heating up the pack, 1 minute & 30-40 seconds is sufficient. Place a small bowl of water the microwave when you heat it to keep the pack moist and so the rice doesn’t burn.
Make several, some for the freezer, some larger for sprains and cramps or smaller ones for hand warmers in the winter.
~sidenote~I hear flaxseed works as filler too