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  Hi Everyone I was just ever wondered if you have used or made a heat/cold pack using rice.I make these and have used these as gifts in some of my gift baskets,if there is interest I will post d
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Have you ever used a rice heat pad? / Instructions for making one.

posted at 2/2/2011 12:37 PM EST
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  Hi Everyone I was just ever wondered if you have used or made a heat/cold pack using rice.I make these and have used these as gifts in some of my gift baskets,if there is interest I will post directions on how to make one.It supplies moist heat after warming in microwave and it can be used as a cold pack after being in the freezer.This cold weather made me think of these,when it's cold I like to put one under the covers with me.   I like using a placemat,one with a solid color or an all over pattern,They are heavier than most material and hold up well ,about 3 cups of white,not instant rice uncooked of course,thread for sewing and lavender oil or a scent of your choice this is optional.I take the placemat and fold in half,long ways right sides together and stitch down the side and across the bottom allowing 1/2"seams.Turn right side out,measure and mark the tube into thirds minus the 1/2 inch seam allowance for the other end.Pour 1 cup of the rice into the tube and sticth across the tube on area you marked as one third to seal in the rice,repeat this again and fill this section with rice,repeat again and fill the last section.Fold the end in so there will be no raw edge and stitch across to finish and complete.The finished product will have 3 equal sections and no raw edges.This can not be washed,I make a cover for these like a little pillow case that can be removed and washed. You heat these in the microwave for 2-3 minutes on high,BE CAREFUL THESE ARE HOT!!!! You have to take precaution with these just like any other heating pad.If you choose to use a scent this has to be added to the rice before beginning.When heated these produce a moist heat that lasts about a half hour.These can also be placed in the freezer to use as a cold pack.If these are made as gifts give heating instructions and precautions

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posted at 2/2/2011 1:57 PM EST
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I'd love to hear about those ... please

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posted at 2/2/2011 2:23 PM EST
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Gale, I love those, they are wonderful. My sister gave me one for my foot(plantar faciitis) and I thought they worked so well. I have seen some with cherry pits in them but the rice is much nicer.

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posted at 2/2/2011 2:59 PM EST
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Gale, I love those, they are wonderful. My sister gave me one for my foot(plantar faciitis) and I thought they worked so well. I have seen some with cherry pits in them but the rice is much nicer.
Posted by Debra M


 Hi Debra and Nancy,These are great with the rice and you can even scent them with lavender oil or what ever.These oils can be found at craft centers.I have to write up instuctions and I will post later today for making one.

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posted at 2/2/2011 3:23 PM EST
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How, never have heard of this before, you must tell more about using rice.

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posted at 2/2/2011 3:36 PM EST
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I have one and use it quite a lot.  My grandson loves to snuggle down with it when he spends the night.  Warms up the bed quite nicely.
When I have aches and pains it is very nice.  Like tonight when the "shoveling muscles" start screaming!
The one I have is scented with lavender.  Not my favorite scent but it has pretty much faded with the years.  I guess it is supposed to help you fall asleep.  Apparently it works for my grandson!

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posted at 2/2/2011 10:28 PM EST
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A friend of mine in MO uses corn in pouches and then warms them up in the microwave!

I wonder which ones hold the heat longer?  Corn or rice! 

Very Interesting!!  ;')

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posted at 2/3/2011 12:08 AM EST
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A friend of mine in MO uses corn in pouches and then warms them up in the microwave! I wonder which ones hold the heat longer?  Corn or rice!  Very Interesting!!  ;')
Posted by Susan K


Hi Susan,that would be interesting to find out.The reasons why I used rice is because that is what I saw them made with.Rice is supposed to last indefinitely,so I had heard and the most important reason I buy my rice at Costco in a 25# bag,I think it is like $7.00 so the price was right :) A couple of years ago I made 30 of them for gifts.What kind of corn did she use? I love these things,becase they are portable.You can use them anywhere.My brother uses his at work when his knees are bothering him,he has a desk job.

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posted at 2/3/2011 12:33 AM EST
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I keep an old, clean, tube sock filled with rice for using on my knees. They work great but, you can certainly overheat them if you are not careful. They hold heat long enough to give some relief and they mold to the body part you need it on.

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posted at 2/3/2011 7:33 AM EST
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Gale, I love those, they are wonderful. My sister gave me one for my foot(plantar faciitis) and I thought they worked so well. I have seen some with cherry pits in them but the rice is much nicer.
Posted by Debra M


Did the heat help your foot?  Or did you use cold?  My feet have been killing me.  I have been limping since December. Frown

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posted at 2/3/2011 7:41 AM EST
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Dumb question .....Embarassed
If you put a bag of corn in the microwave - why doesn't it pop?

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posted at 2/3/2011 8:23 AM EST
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Dumb question ..... If you put a bag of corn in the microwave - why doesn't it pop?
Posted by Nancy G


Hee hee - that is exactly what I was wondering!!  I think I will make one (with rice) - the one I have uses buckwheat, and the scent is okay, but I would much rather have something that uses an essential oil for fragrance, especially since I use one at least once a day, and frequently more.  Thanks!

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posted at 2/3/2011 8:24 AM EST
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I have 2 and I love them!!! ♥  However, I have never made one.

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posted at 2/3/2011 9:22 AM EST
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Dumb question ..... If you put a bag of corn in the microwave - why doesn't it pop?
Posted by Nancy G


There is a small bit of moisture in the corn.  When heated the moisture turns to steam and as it expands the corn bursts. Result is Popped Corn.

There are no dumb questions.

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posted at 2/3/2011 9:24 AM EST
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Dried beans or lentils would work as well.  Rice is less expensive and smaller so it conforms to body areas whereas beans, lentils, corn are larger and may have a tendency to roll.

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posted at 2/3/2011 9:29 AM EST
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Gale, I love those, they are wonderful. My sister gave me one for my foot(plantar faciitis) and I thought they worked so well. I have seen some with cherry pits in them but the rice is much nicer.
Posted by Debra M


Debra, I had plantar faciitis about 14 years ago.  I put off going to the doctor because I was afraid he would tell me is was due to my weight.  When the pain go so bad I could not stand it (no pun intended) any longer I went.  He referred me to a podiatrist that diagnosed it.  I got two cortisone shots, one in each foot.  Have not had a problem since.  But I also exercise everyday and I do stretches of the foot and ankle.  I think that has helped.  Possibly the weight loss has also helped.
Good luck. 

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posted at 2/3/2011 9:52 AM EST
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    In Response to Re: Have you ever used a rice heat pad? : Debra, I had plantar faciitis about 14 years ago.  I put off going to the doctor because I was afraid he would tell me is was due to my weight.  When the pain go so bad I could not stand it (no pun intended) any longer I went.  He referred me to a podiatrist that diagnosed it.  I got two cortisone shots, one in each foot.  Have not had a problem since.  But I also exercise everyday and I do stretches of the foot and ankle.  I think that has helped.  Possibly the weight loss has also helped. Good luck. 
    Posted by nikki p


    Hi Nikki, you were right going to a podiatrist,I worked for one for about three years.Treatments usually were cortisone shots, anti inflammatory drugs ,taping the arch of the foot but this meant not getting it wet.Stretching exercises and custom made orthotics.Worst case scenario surgery.Most of the patient responded well to the non-surgical treatments.But it can take months.Pat,I don't want to give you the wrong info so you need to see a Dr.,but the Dr. I worked for suggested using cold because plantar faciitis is an inflammatory condition.

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posted at 2/3/2011 10:51 AM EST
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I got one for Christmas a year ago and love it.  I bought rice to make one but have yet to do it.  Directions will really help!

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posted at 2/3/2011 11:16 AM EST
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Nikki -- thanks for an answer about corn ...... I knew that corn popped in a microwave so I was asking why corn would be used in a "heat pad".
If I make a heating pad with corn won't it pop when heated in a microwave?

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posted at 2/3/2011 11:27 AM EST
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Nikki -- thanks for an answer about corn ...... I knew that corn popped in a microwave so I was asking why corn would be used in a "heat pad". If I make a heating pad with corn won't it pop when heated in a microwave?
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy, that is why I asked Susan what kind of corn because I was thinking the same thing.The only thing is maybe her friend used it for cold packs.But in any case I would still use rice because it is more cost efficient
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