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« on: November 12, 2006 12:56:35 PM »

I just made a sample hot pack, the ones where you make almost a beanbag, fill it with flax seed and stitch it up.  You heat it up in the microwave and it provides heat, kind of like a hot water bottle.

I saw a thread in the past related to this and it suggested things like rice, feed corn, barley or flax seed for filling.

I am not happy with the scent of the flax seed.  It is not over-powering, but it is not very pleasant either.

I can't see how rice or barley wouldn't have an odour either.  I don't think I want to try feed corn (I'm afraid of the little buggies that might come with it).

Does anyone else have experience with this?

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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2006 01:46:16 PM »

I made one of these in Home Ec class many years ago. When we made it, we used rice, but we also broke up some cinnamon sticks and mixed it in with the rice so that you would get a cinnamon-y smell when you heated it up. much nicer than smelling rice, or flax seed for that matter.
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2006 07:20:28 PM »

my roommate makes these for ppl as gifts and she uses rice. i've only smelled it once after it was heated and it didn't have a bad odor. if i make one for myself i'd use rice. it's cheap. lol
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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2006 09:17:48 PM »

I use corn.  It smells like corn. 
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2006 12:18:23 AM »

I like the idea of the suggestion of the cinnamon, though I might try lavender flowers myself - cinnamon would make me hungry!

Currently I'm looking for some feedcorn, for this sort of project - keep in mind that a couple of good turns in the microwave are pretty guaranteed to kill even the hardiest vermin. Heck, putting the corn in the freezer for a couple days can do it too. So if you feel like trying the corn, just try to get it without anything "active" (to avoid cross-contamination with anything else in the house) and treat it appropriately.
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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2006 04:28:33 AM »

I used oat, seeds that were meant to birds were quite cheap. I think it doesn't smell anything, but it seems like my smelling sense isn't as good as normal people's, so I'm not sure.
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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2006 09:48:14 AM »

I use flax or rice and put lavender in with it- if the scent starts to diminish (as it does with things like this eventually) you just inject it with new oils. I use Dream Pillow fillings with some (if I want it relaxing).

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« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2006 01:17:51 PM »

Use cherry pits (right expression?). You can warm them up in the microwave or cool them down in the fridge.
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« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2006 01:25:40 PM »

i used rice and it burned over time causing it to burn the fabric and make holes
any suggestions?
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« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2006 01:58:24 PM »

this site http://www.diamondthreadworks.com/microwave_heating_bags.htm has the results of a nurse's research into heat bags, and particularly the fillers.
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« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2006 02:05:24 PM »

I've made a couple in the past and have used rice.  Jasmine rice actually has a rather nice smell to it, actually.

I didn't have trouble with any burning or such, but these were made with towels rather than plain cotton, so maybe it insulated the grains somehow?  A small face towel folded in half and sewn up is the perfect size for a neck pillow and I like how cuddly it feels against the skin.

I also second the motion of putting nice-smelling stuff into the bag for aromatherapy.  Lavender is great, and I'd never have thought of cinnamon sticks, but that would be quite nice (esp with a few other spices like star anise or nutmeg?).
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« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2006 05:18:28 PM »

I think the one I got from the store is buckwheat husks, or some sort of husk, they don't smell, of course I don't know where you get them!
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« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2006 08:51:43 AM »

I make these all the time. I use a little bit of essential oil that I stir into the flax seed before I fill the bags. It smells wonderful and when you heat up the bag it invigorates the oils again.

I get all my oils from my local natural food store.

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« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2006 03:10:16 PM »

Does anyone know how long someone should microwave it to heat it up?  I'm makin gmy aunt one with Flax seed inside, and she's the kind of person who NEEDS directions. If i tell her to microwave it, she needs to know a time limit.  do you think 1 minute, and then in 15 second intervals until desired temp is good?
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« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2006 12:27:12 PM »

Usually I do it for about 20 seconds and that's it. I just want it warm not too hot!! Plus mine isn't too big either. About 8 by 8. Just big enough!!

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« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2006 04:08:32 PM »

Usually I do it for about 20 seconds and that's it. I just want it warm not too hot!! Plus mine isn't too big either. About 8 by 8. Just big enough!!

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20 seconds heats it enough that it stays warm for a bit? 

I was planning on making her a longish one - she dislocated her shoulder last winter and it still bothers her occasionally, so I thought if I made her a long one, she'd be able to rest it across her back and shoulders.
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« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2006 08:35:11 PM »

wow, 20 seconds? i made one using rice, and wrapped it up in flannel. i usually heat it for 2 minutes on medium, check it, and then heat it for another minute or so. It stays hot for about two hours. as for the smell, i don't think it's very overpowering. i actually kind of like it, it reminds me of the one my mom used to use when i was a kid.
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« Reply #17 on: December 10, 2006 08:48:25 PM »

I  think it  depends  on  what its   filled  with and  each  mic  varies.... so  tell her 30 seconds and  check in 15 minute  intervils    taht  would  be  safe  I would  think.
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« Reply #18 on: December 10, 2006 11:31:10 PM »

I just had to share something I learned over this weekend about cold packs, even though the main subject of this thread seems to be just hot packs. I went to several stores looking for FreezPaks, but no one seemed to carry them. One lady told me they were a seasonal item only available during the summer, but she also offered me a tip on making my own: she suggested wetting a bunch of cotton balls & putting them in a Ziplock bag, then freezing them overnight. I'm trying it out right now, so I'll update with how it went.
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