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Heat packs soothe both body and mind; pssst, there’s
an even easier way to make it*
Ah the microwaveable scented heat pack. Humble as it is, I’d put it on a very short list of luxuries that cost next to nothing. But what if you don’t have sore muscles? Doesn’t matter. All you need are muscles. You’ve got muscles, right? And daily emotional stressors too, I’m guessing? Well, you’ll benefit from this, trust me — especially on a chilly evening. Just nuke it, drape it round your neck and shoulders, light some candles, and succumb to your handmade heatpack’s warm embrace.
I’ve also been known to use a heat pack whenever I’m feeling emotionally unsettled. Like when my mind insists on replaying some (imagined) faux pas from years ago, or if I’ve come home wired after attending an unavoidable social gathering where I summoned all my powers of pseudo extroversion. Or if I just need to warm my hands. It really does provide instant soul comfort — plus it’s way quicker than drawing a hot bath.
And I haven’t even mentioned the nerve-calming aromatherapy aspect! Here are some essential oils that have proven effective against anxiety:
- Ylang Ylang
Here’s a great set of six calming essential oil blends.
All of these anxiety-combatting benefits in one dirt cheap, easy-to-make package. Check out my eHow video below.
Want the same type of tube sock I used? You can get them here.
*For an even easier way to do this, you can forgo the sewing and simply throw some oil-scented rice into a sock, tie it at the opening, and you’re ready to nuke it. But to get even dispersal of heat throughout the length of your sock using far less rice (so you can drape it around you like a toasty hug) the sewn compartments are totally worth the effort.