09 December 2009

How To Make Your Own Aromatherapy Hot Bag

I did a giveaway for one of these aromatherapy hot bags last week, and I had lots of questions about my ingredients, so here is a quick how-to:

1. Sew yourself a tube of fabric long enough to reach comfortably around your neck. Leave one end open.

2. A little printed tag tells the recipient what's inside:

I don't have an exact measurement for the herbs. Generally, my bag is six cups lentils (or rice) and one cup mixed herbs. I use roughly equal parts of the following herbs:
chamomile, spearmint (relaxants)
white willow, rosemary, peppermint, lemon grass (relief for aches and pains)
cinnamon, valerian root - finely ground, not big pieces (antispasmodics)
saw palmetto berry (rejuvenator)
lavendar (headache relief)
rose hips (for scent)
yarrow (promotes healing)

3. Mix all the herbs together, then mix them into the six cups of lentils/rice.

4. Fill the fabric bag with your mixture. Your bag should be 1/2 to 2/3 full. (Any more than that, and the bag doesn't curve nicely around your neck and shoulders).

To use the bag: Heat in the microwave for about 2 minutes. Misting the bag occasionally will help prolong the life of the herbs. Can also be placed in the freezer for a cold pack.

I make many of these. This is my standard gift for "the person who has everything". My source for the dried herbs is a local health food store. They carry all the bulk herbs in large dark glass jars (which helps protect them from light damage). If you have a natural food store in your area, give them a call. If they don't sell the herbs, they might be able to point you to another source. And don't fret if you can't locate all the herbs; I think any combination would be lovely.


Anonymous said...

As always a fabulous tutorial! I will be making some of these during the year as birthday gifts. xx

Cathy said...

Thank you for doing the tutorial! I am also going to make some of these :)

casserole said...

Awesome tutorial!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


Melissa said...

Looks awesome, I'm going to make one tomorrow for my dad for Christmas!

Shelly said...

I make these also but use oils and rice. Also if you put pockets in these the rice or lentils will stay put. I love these as gifts. This year I added 2 handles one on each side so when you get it out of the microwave it is not hot to touch. Thanks for the post I am always looking for a great dry ingredients I bet it smells yummy!

Sandi said...

Love the turtorial. What do you mist the herbs with? Do you mist the bag itself or open the bag and mist the mixture itself?

Please let me know, for I will be making one and want to use it well.

Also I love the fabric you used.

Merry Christmas and Thanks

Melissa said...

Love it=) I made 4 of them for the hard to buy for men in my family. Thanks!

Melissa West Photography said...

I just got mine yesterday. Thank you, thank you! You made my day awesome=)

Koisas&Koisas em biscuit said...

I tried to do one but with wheat instead of the rice or lentils.
You can indicate me in that it promotes warm in the microwave? The attempt that I did finished for the cloth be burning.
Is the cloth that you use fiber or cotton?
Excuses my English, but I am Spanish, hope that you understand it
Kisses and thanks

Di Ann said...

Hi am glad to have the list of herbs that go into this. I bought one many many years ago and have kept it in freezer (can always put in mic to heat). Has lost its smell but still works great as a heat or cold pack.

ChicaNiceDesigns said...

<3 your blog! I'm going to try this one for my grandpa who just had chemotherapy yesterday, he needs all the pampering he can get :-) thnx!

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Betsy said...

I love this post, and attempted to make some wraps yesterday. After mixing the herbs my family couldn't stand the smell. I'm trying to figure out which herb "smells like stinky feet"!!

Deb said...

If the fresh herb smells like the herbal tincture, then it's probably the valerian that smells like "stinky feet"! Your herbal mixture will be fine without it.