New twist on an old favorite. I have designed this "Ice Bag" with flax and herbs. Design allows bag to conform to body contours. No mess, great for headaches, minor injures and sore muscles. Can be heated or cooled. Customize your to suit your needs! You decide what herb(s) or unscented you want in them from the below list. Combined or just choose one.
Rosemary has a mesmerizing aroma and hence rosemary essential oil is an excellent inhalant. When inhaled brings mental energy and also clears the respiratory tract.
The scent of rosemary gives relief from throat congestion. The oil is used in treating respiratory allergies, cold, sore throat and flu.
Lavender has a calming scent which makes it an excellent tonic for the nerves. Therefore, it helps in treating migraines, headaches, anxiety, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. The refreshing aroma removes nervous exhaustion and restlessness and increases mental activity. Lavender induces sleep and hence it is often recommended for insomnia.
Chamomile possesses tranquilizing properties. The sweet fragrance not only refreshes the mood, but also makes one calm and tranquil. It is very effective for treating too much anxiety and edginess. Since chamomile also possesses pain killing properties, it is widely used to heal headaches. Chamomile is also effective in boosting the mental, emotional and physical health of an individual.
Peppermint contains menthol that helps in clearing the respiratory tract. It is an effective expectorant and therefore provides instantaneous, though temporary, relief in numerous respiratory problems including nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, cold and cough. Peppermint is able to provide relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature. It is also effective against anxiety and restlessness.
Rose boosts self esteem, confidence, hope and mental strength and efficiently fights depression. This can be very helpful to drive away depression from those who are suffering from depression due to any reason. Rose also relieves anxiety and it boosts up libido and invokes romantic feelings.
Eucalyptus is effective for treating a number of respiratory problems including cold, cough, running nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis and sinusitis. Eucalyptus is stimulating, removes exhaustion and mental sluggishness and rejuvenates the spirits of the sick. It is also effective in treating stress.
Microwave it for Heat Therapy
Warm in microwave for 20 second increments as needed (check temperature to ensure that warmth is ideal before use.) Do not overheat - will case burns (for external use only). Enjoy the penetrating moist heat and relaxing aromatherapy for 30 to 45 minutes.
Freeze it for Cold Therapy
Place in a sealable plastic bag in the freezer for 2 hours. It remains therapeutically cold for 20 - 25 minutes, and will remain pliable so it contours easily to you.
Flax seeds are great for retaining heat or cold. Flax-filled heated pillows provide a gentle, moist heat, which promotes healing, while their therapeutic weight is gentle and conforms to the body. Flax seeds are flower seeds rather than grain (such as rice). They contain 30-40% oil, which remains inside the seed to be warmed again and again. Most grain products loose their ability to retain heat as the water cooks out of them over time. Rice can actually "cook" and crack the more you heat it, same with beans; hence the smell. When heated, flax seed pillows retain half their heat after an hour. Under the covers, the pillow will still be warm hours later. Flax seed pillows may also be chilled for a calming and soothing cold pack. Use to cool a sunburn, fever, hot flashes or inflammation, or place on the neck or wrists to cool down on a hot day.
For people with allergies, flax seed is a great substitute for other materials often found in pillows. Some side effects may occur for people with allergies (herbs). If allergic reaction occurs, discontinue use immediately. When using on a child adult supervision is advised. For external use only.
Care and Storage: Place in plastic bag and store in freezer thus increasing life of herbs.