The Rice Pack
If you’ve never heard of a rice pack, you’re in for a treat. There are several reasons why I prefer rice packs to regular ice packs or heating pads. First, a rice pack can be used as both a heating and a cooling pack. Second, rice is readily available and cheap. Who doesn’t have a bag of rice in the kitchen? Third, rice is flexible—so you can shape the pack around whatever body part is hurting.
Making a rice pack couldn’t be simpler; just fill a sock with uncooked rice. Tie the sock shut with a piece of string, or just knot the sock itself.
For cold therapy, freeze the cooling pack for at least two hours. Then, place it between bed sheets to stay cool while you sleep or use it to sooth a headache. To use as a heat pack, check out how to make one here.
Optional: add essential oils or dried herbs like lavender for a soothing fragrance.