Aromatherapy Microwaveable Rice Bags

rice_pad_4Here’s a little homemade comfort to help eliminate the aches and pains that we seem to experience during these cold winter months. You won’t believe how easy these are to make!


  • Cotton fabric
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Long grain rice
  • Essential oil (optional)

We cut our fabric into a 20 x 12 piece. They can be made any size, but we’ve found that this size works well and is easy to manage.

Next, you will fold your fabric in half with the right sides together so that it now measures 10 x 12. (My kids would call it folding the hamburger way….not the hotdog way.)

rice_pad_2 Sew around all of the edges, leaving a small opening on one side so that you can turn it right side out and also have a hole for adding the rice.


In a bowl, you can combine your rice (about six cups) and a few drops of the essential oil of your choice. Peppermint would be a great option because of its health benefits, but there are also many other options. Mix well! If you are someone who is bothered by smells, you can skip this step all together.

Now you’re ready to fill the bag. One trick that might make it easier is to use a funnel. Don’t overfill! If you fill the bag about half way full, it will be loose enough to mold to whatever part of your body you are applying it to. Whip stitch the opening closed or if you aren’t picky about the way it looks, you can quickly sew it shut on your sewing machine.


Throw it in the microwave for about two minutes and it’s ready!  They work great for easing the pain of headaches, backaches, pregnancy discomfort, and even cramps or tummy aches. We made some smaller bags too (5 x 5) that can be used as instant hand/feet warmers.

One more thing…..try them as cold packs!  Keep a bag in the freezer to pull out for those occasional bumps and bruises.

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2 Responses to “Aromatherapy Microwaveable Rice Bags”

  1. Annie Harris
    January 24, 2015 at 12:40 am #

    Fantastic….what a welcome reminder of these make-home-heatpacks!!! I had totally forgotten how these packs relieve knee and back pains…must whip up a few ASAP!

    SHINE ON … Peace and Joy!!!

    Annie xxxx oooo

  2. Colette
    January 13, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

    Brilliant! I hadn’t thought of freezing these bags. I can’t wait to try adding oils. One can never have enough rice bags. Thank you!

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