DIY: Warming Wraps - Three Easy Methods

DIY Warming Wraps Essential Oils

I've got a fun little project for you today - DIY warming wraps! I love having one (or two or three) on hand in case I need it to soothe aching muscles, warm up on a chilly evening, or just to relax. And they get even better when you add a couple of drops of essential oil to the wrap before using it. The aromatherapy benefits of the oils will enhance the relief and comfort provided by the wrap. Try Lavender to wind down at the end of the day, or Deep Blue Soothing Blend for muscle relief. For a cozy night in when it is cold outside, try of drop of Wild Orange, Ginger, and Cinnamon Bark. But, be prepared for a sudden craving for a mug of warm herbal tea or apple cider.

Since we are sharing three methods to make warming wraps, there is an option for every skill level. At the most basic level there is absolutely no sewing involved, just a sock and a knot. I think this method would be perfect to do with children or as a group activity with special needs youth or adults. The other two options involve a bit of sewing, but it is very basic and is a great project for beginners. Of course, if you have mad sewing skills, you can whip out a bunch of these and be everyone's favorite neighbor, friend, or relative because they make excellent gifts. I can't think of anyone on my list that couldn't use a soothing, cozy, warming wrap.

Beginner Method

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Pour flaxseed or rice into sock.
  2. Tie a knot in the top of the sock. 
  3. To use, place in microwave for two to three minutes and add two drops essential oil.

Intermediate Method

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Fold towel in half longways (hotdog style).
  2. Sew around the edges leaving a three-inch opening. Turn right side out.
  3. Divide the length into four equal sections and mark with a fabric marker.
  4. Loosely fill the first quarter with two cups of flax seeds or rice. Sew on marked line. Repeat until all four sections are filled.
  5. Sew opening closed.
  6. To use, microwave for two to three minutes and add two drops of essential oil on the outer fabric.

DIY Warming Wrap Essential Oils

Advanced Method 

Supplies:

  • ½ yard Flannel or Cotton (Cut into two 8x20 inch pieces.)
  • 6 cups Flaxseed or Rice
  • Sewing Machine
  • doTERRA Essential Oils

Instructions:

  1. Cut fabric into two 8x20 inch pieces.
  2. Place right sides (pretty sides) together and pin along edges.
  3. With right sides together, sew ¼” seam all the way around the fabric leaving a three-inch opening on a short end and turn right sides out.
  4. Divide the length of the fabric into four equal sections and mark with a fabric marker.
  5. Loosely fill the first quarter with two cups of rice or flax seeds.
  6. Sew on marked line. Repeat until all four sections are filled.
  7. Sew opening closed.
  8. To use, microwave for two to three minutes and add two drops of essential oil on the outer fabric.

 Notes:

  • If you smell burning while microwaving your warming wrap, try reducing the heating time or lowering the power setting to 50%.
  • Use leftover fabric to make hand warmers.
  • If you don’t have a microwave, heat your warming wrap by putting it in an oven-safe dish and heating it in the oven at 150°F for 15 minutes. Remember to set a timer and to frequently check your heating pad to make sure it doesn’t get too hot and become a fire hazard.
  • Be cautious when using your warming wrap. It can become very warm and can burn you if you heat it for too long. Start by putting your heating bag in the microwave for one minute, and then increase by 30-second increments until you have achieved desired temperature. If you accidentally heat it for too long, let it rest until it becomes cooler. You might also want to place a wash cloth or towel against your skin to act as a barrier and to guard against burns.

Which method are you going to try? Perhaps all 3?


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