Tuesday, February 3, 2009

adventures in aromatherapy

I just started a new project and am having a lot of fun with it. I am making some hot/cold rice therapy bags for sore muscles, stress relief, headaches, you name it! Homemade cold packs and heating pads made with some really fun new fabrics and made extra special with hints of lavender, chamomile, and other essential oils to help you relax and feel better. Since I have a sore back and a nasty streak of insomnia, I thought it would be the perfect comfort item for me and the shop!

I'm making the pouches with the same idea as my draft snakes...there is an inner muslin bag that holds the perfumed rice and an outer decorative cover. They have no metal or plastic adornments so they can go straight into the microwave for 1–3 minutes without any worries! I also plan on making some with buttons so that the decorative cover is removable (and washable!). What's even better is that each pack can be heated or frozen, depending on your needs!

I'm making three specific sizes: long ones to wrap around your neck and shoulders with rice and soothing chamomile, square packs with rice and a floral blend for general body and muscle aches, and then a third especially sized for laying over the eyes and forehead with gentle flax seed and lavender.

I have the first few done already and will post them to the shop as soon as I can get them photographed. I also plan on offering up some as part of a special blog giveaway (details coming soon)!


Audrey said...

I have a few bags like that - but they are filled with flax. I heat one up in the microwave every night in the winter and take it to bed with me.
Do you have them in your shop? I will go look.

Boutique By Bonnie said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and becoming my Fiftieth Follower!! That makes me happy!

geschichtenvonkat said...

a little bit geeky of me, but i was excited to be your 50th follower too Bonnie! Hope i can get to that number some day :)

i don't have the bags in my shop yet :( but soon i hope!! definitely want to keep one for myself and use it like you say audrey!

Liza said...

Very cool! I was actually thinking about making one of these for a friend of mine who just moved to California...

Are you planning on putting actual herbs in them? Or just the oils?

geschichtenvonkat said...

they're so great, i want to keep them for myself!

for some of the packs, i haven't been able to find the fresh herbs that i've wanted so they will have the essential oils by themselves.

I did manage to track down some great lavender though so some will be a mix of the fresh herb, lavender oil, and the flax seed!