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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

O is for Ouch Relief

O is for Old post about Ouch Relief!
(yes this is a recycled post from long ago - how green of me!)
Sometimes my back hurts, a lot. This is what I have used to help with pain relief:

Needed - 1 old sock (or you can make these for Christmas gifts, in that case 1 new sock)

Cheap white rice

Fill sock with rice, tie the end. Stick in microwave for a minute or so - till warm.

Apply to sore spot.

You can use this over and over and over again.

Additional Filler Options

  • Wheat
  • Feed corn
  • Buckwheat hulls
  • Barley
  • Oatmeal
  • Beans
  • Flax seed
  • Cherry pits
You can also add the following to the above for a soothing fragrant heating pad: Spices, herbs, essential oils.
  • Ideas: lavender, rose petals, ground cloves, nutmeg, ginger, rosemary, cinnamon, peppermint oil, crushed mint
  • If using: Mix herbs, spices and essential oil with choice heating pad filler (such as rice) and let sit in a sealed container for a few days (occasionally stirring). This will help set and distribute the fragrance a bit.

Filler Suggestion For Headache Soothers

Rice (or other grain listed above) and a mix of:
  • Dried lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Betony
  • Rose petals
  • Cloves
  • Rosemary 
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Also linked to Works for Me Wednesday and Frugal Fridays.


  1. Christy,

    I am so impressed with your devotion to recycling...old sock, re-used post!

    Very clever!

    These rice bags are wonderful.

    I had forgotten how easy they are to make.

    Thanks for the reminder.

    And thanks for such an outstanding post on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "O".


  2. my daughter actually wants to make those sock things for people for christmas. I plan to let her! Very clever!!

  3. This is just what I need for tonight. Thanks! I worked in the garden all morning and my body is aching. I soaked in a hot bath, but this is my next move. I'm off to find an old sock . . .

  4. I bought a rice bag for my mom several years ago from a craft fair. It seemed to work for her. I should have thought of making it ;-)

  5. Thank you for all those cool tips and tricks. My hubs just pulled his back today, lifting weights, we where just doing ice and Motrin, I will share with him the rice tip! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Christy,
    I make rice lavender bags just like you do! Did you know you can get 25 lbs. of rice for $8 at Sams...the best price I have found. I give these as gifts for when I go for a visit. It is also great to help you go to sleep. Thanks for the additional ideas!

  7. I purchased something similar at a craft fair also. Mine is scented with lavender, and it really is soothing and relaxing. Great post! Kathy

  8. I'm with you on the back pain! Those bags are good for so many things - have never thought of using a sock though!

  9. quick and easy and frugal! love the idea!

  10. What a great list! I love all the options you gave. Now I have decide what I would put in.

  11. I wouldn't part with my microwavable lavender/rice filled pad for anything!

    Great post!

  12. How did you know that my back has been bothering me lately? Thanks!

  13. I love this tip, and definitely will make myself one. Thanks!

  14. Rice bags...I am learning something very useful!
    thank you!
    Happy Thursday!
    Mine is here

  15. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I love to find another mom of many kids, and a few in heaven like me. I'll be back!

  16. Wow! I shall look at socks & rice in a new light now!

  17. Super cool post...MrsC just made something similar with rice and lavender. Thank you for your visit to my "Odditorium" and your lovely comments...Peace and blessings

  18. What a brilliant idea for christmas

  19. I have a tube of fabric filled with corn. Love to warm it up and hang it around my neck. I think out of all the chicks the Buff Orpingtons seem to be the most docile. I think the Barred Plymouth Rocks are coming in second. The Ameraucanas are really cute with their stripes down their back. I also got Black Jersey Giants and Golden Laced Wyandottes. I think they are both a little more feisty. These are our first chicks I only have one that I am a little worried about out of the 15.

  20. Thanks for the reminder! I have one of those and should get it out for The Engineer who hurt is back bt overgardening last weekend...Great post, and YEA for recycling!

  21. What a great post. Such good ideas

  22. I have heard about doing this before, but never thought of good ways to use it. Now that I also am having back and other aches and pains, you have got me thinking about making one... Thanks! It's a great idea.

    Hope you have a lovely day.

  23. This is such a great idea-I have never seen this before.

    You have certainly been very green indeed today!

    Best wishes and happy weekend,

  24. Great ideas:) My mom HappyMrs.C makes these and they are wonderful! My daughter had been using it a lot lately and it puts her right to sleep! Perfect mommy tool to get the kids to sleep fast:) Thanks for your great idea and the wonderful detailed instructions!

  25. Good for an ear ache is what I remember my mom doing!

  26. Good tips! I don't think there's anything that can't be helped by a little lavender.

  27. Just remember never to fill these with dried corn kernals! Love the recycling!

  28. nice simple solution and you also can recycle as well

    thanks for your visit to my alphabe-thursday

  29. Oh, I love those! And if you have little ones ... kids socks make the perfect size ouch relievers for them :) . We keep a couple in the freezer (it does make for some interesting conversations should a guest discover one in the ice container) and a couple for heat packs at all times. Great O post!

  30. What a good tea to share this with us. Thanks a lot!