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Old 08-17-2009, 12:49 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Hot/cold packs for your aches and pains

Over on the CE Bitch thread Sarrah was talking about freezer packs for icing your aches and pains. I posted about these homemade ones there and decided that we could use the information here too.

Take a piece of fabric about 6 1/2 inches by 18 inches. (You can get six of these out of half a yard of fabric.) Fold in half crosswise, wrong sides together. Sew up the sides. Turn rightside out.Turn about half an inch down at the top, wrong sides together, and press. Fill with 16 to 24 ounces of whole flaxseed. Sew closed along the top edge. These can be put in the freezer for coldpacks without getting stiff, or can be microwaved for about 90 seconds for hotpacks. The oil in the flaxseed stays hot/cold longer than a cheaper filling like rice.

We have three of these at the moment. Two of them rotate through the freezer, so there is one cold at all times. DH has found that coldpacks help the arthritis in his hands more than heat. They'll stay cold for 20 -30 minutes. Nuked ones will stay hot for a little less, 15 - 20 minutes.

I've seen exactly the same thing in the mall at Xmastime -- one this size, with the addition of some peppermint leaves or other herbs to make it smell nice, sells for $25! You can customize yours with whatever herbs you like. Lavender, rosemary, mint, chips of cinnamon bark, whatever scents you find soothing. Over time, the herbs will lose potency, of course, but it's easy enough to rip open that top seam an inch or two, pour more herbs in, and restitch.
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Thanks for posting this. I love these for my shoulder. I use them warm and the scent is so nice. I think the next one will be made with fleece.
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:22 PM   #3
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Does it matter whether you use the brown flaxseed or the golden? Or is the difference only if you're planning to eat them?
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Very cool idea - thanx.
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I didn't know there WERE different kinds of flaxseeds! I've just used whatever I could find at the grocery store. I think it's the Bob's Red Mill stuff. Herbalcom would probably have it cheaper if you are making lots of them for Xmas gifts, plus the smellgood herbs.
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Old 08-18-2009, 04:53 PM   #6
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Damn, and I just tossed all my old flaxseed from the fridge out last wed. Isn't that always what happens. Toss something, and damned if it wouldn't have been useful in a few more days.

I still have old rice, won't toss that now.
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Yeah, I was looking at Herbalcom, plus another site that has the stuff wholesale (50# for $80ish shipped) -- I was thinking about making and selling these at craft shows.

I'm guessing the regular brown flaxseed would be fine for these.
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I've made these before but, before filling, I stitched in channels to lessen the bunching of the filling, to keep it more evenly distributed on the larger packs.
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I've made these before but, before filling, I stitched in channels to lessen the bunching of the filling, to keep it more evenly distributed on the larger packs.
I've seen that -- makes sense.
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