Microwave Heat Packs or Freezer Cold Packs
Use of Heat Pack
For back pain, for neck pain, for eye strain, for relaxation. Be sure to heat the pack only for a short time, less than a minute depending on the size, just long enough to warm up but not long enough to cook the contents. The herbal contents will lose its effectiveness in a few months, in less than that, if used frequently. If the smell is gone and you don't want to make a new pack, you can dab on essential oils (aromatherapy).
Use of Cold Pack
For inflammation. Keep in freezer.
- Rice and lavender
- Buckwheat husks
- Linseed (=flax seed) for cold packs only, because oil gets rancid when heated
- Popping corn
- Other grains
- Peas or beans
- Cherry pits
- Lavender for relaxation
- Catnip to help you sleep
- Peppermint, spearmint, eucalyptus for congestion
- Garlic for severe congestion, best to be used at room temperature