Rice bags are a wonderful little item used to relieve headaches, sinus pressure, and muscle and joint aches. When flowers and herbs are added to the bag, they can be used for stress relief and aroma therapy. They take literally minutes to make and can provide years of relief!
10" square of soft, tightly woven fabric (I love using flannel)
1 1/2 – 2 cups rice (do not use dehydrated rice, like Minute Rice)
Optional: 1 – 2 tablespoons dried herbs or flowers. (Note: avoid using herbs or flowers that have a high oil content. These can become rancid, or if using it near your eyes, can be an irritant.)
1] Cut a 10" square.
2] Fold in half with right sides together. Pin.
3] Using a 1/2" seam allowance, sew around the 3 pinned sides, leaving a 3 inch opening in the center of one end. Trim corner seams to reduce bulk.
4] Turn right side out and iron.
5] Fill with rice. You may chose to add 1 or 2 tablespoons of herbs or dried flowers.
6] Slip stitch opening closed.
1] Microwave for 30 – 60 seconds. Start with a shorter time and test. The rice should be warm… not hot. WARNING: Do not overheat. It could cause serious burns!
2] Place on desired location. Remember… it should be warm, not hot!
Note: Always heat in a clean microwave. If your microwave is less than clean, like mine can be, place you rice bag on a plate or dishtowel. You cannot wash the rice bag, so once it gets dirty you need to throw it out.
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