Tutorial showing how to make a Buckwheat Heated Neck Wrap Not only is this neck wrap microwaveable, but it can also be kept in the freezer for a cold neck or shoulder wrap as necessary. The addition of lavender makes this aromatherapy shoulder wrap all the more therapeutic.
So, I have good news and bad news. The bad news…sometime in the past several months I've become very good at carrying all my stress in the scalene muscles on the right side of my neck. Over time, these muscles had become so tight and bound up that I was having numbness and tingling down my arm all the way to my fingers.
So, what's the good news? Well, now I can honestly and without guilt go visit my favorite masseuse, Zeke, who works his magic on the muscles to get them to relax.
It was at my last appointment with Zeke that he mentioned that I would benefit from alternating hot and cold therapy on my scalene muscles, in addition to the neck stretching exercises he showed me and mentioned a specific brand of a buckwheat neck wrap. I am by no means the most frugal gal on the planet, but even I had a hard time swallowing the $50+ price tag for buckwheat hull stuffed pillow! (Did you see what I just did there? Talking about ‘neck muscles' and ‘swallowing' in the same paragraph? Pretty darn clever, huh?)
So, the second piece of good news? I sat down and made several buckwheat-filled hot cold packs for the price of buying one and now I'm going to share the how-to with you!
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For my 8″ by 25″ microwavable neck wrap I used the following:
$4.00 – 1/4 yd Soft N Comfy Minky Fabric from JoAnn's Fabric
$2.50 – 1/4 yd knit cotton, like t-shirt material. I found it more economical to buy XXL t-shirts at the crafts store. One XXL t-shirt will make 2 8″ X 25″ neck wraps
Use this calculation to determine how many ounces/pounds of buckwheat hulls you will need to appropriately fill your heated neck wrap:
See the full video here
You can definitely wash the cover, but do not wash the pillow holding the buckwheat hulls.
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