Soothe aching muscles without paying for an expensive aromatherapy heat pack. Using long-grain rice and lavender essential oil, these homemade packs can be heated in the microwave to release the scent and warm the interior. Using the packs on sore muscles can ease tension and bring relief.

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Insert a funnel into the top of a clean cotton tube sock.

Pour 2 pounds of uncooked long-grain rice through the funnel into the sock.

Remove the funnel, and add 5 drops of lavender essential oil directly on top of the rice in the sock.

Tie a knot in the end of the tube sock to close it.

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Place the sock in the microwave for one to three minutes on high power until warm.


Cover the tube sock with another sock to allow for easy cleaning. Remove the top sock and launder as usual, then replace.

Use other essential oils to create scents you find pleasing.