I did a giveaway for one of these aromatherapy hot bags last week, and I had lots of questions about my ingredients, so here is a quick how-to:
1. Sew yourself a tube of fabric long enough to reach comfortably around your neck. Leave one end open.
2. A little printed tag tells the recipient what's inside:
I don't have an exact measurement for the herbs. Generally, my bag is six cups lentils (or rice) and one cup mixed herbs. I use roughly equal parts of the following herbs:
chamomile, spearmint (relaxants)
white willow, rosemary, peppermint, lemon grass (relief for aches and pains)
cinnamon, valerian root - finely ground, not big pieces (antispasmodics)
saw palmetto berry (rejuvenator)
lavendar (headache relief)
rose hips (for scent)
yarrow (promotes healing)
3. Mix all the herbs together, then mix them into the six cups of lentils/rice.
4. Fill the fabric bag with your mixture. Your bag should be 1/2 to 2/3 full. (Any more than that, and the bag doesn't curve nicely around your neck and shoulders).
To use the bag: Heat in the microwave for about 2 minutes. Misting the bag occasionally will help prolong the life of the herbs. Can also be placed in the freezer for a cold pack.
I make many of these. This is my standard gift for "the person who has everything". My source for the dried herbs is a local health food store. They carry all the bulk herbs in large dark glass jars (which helps protect them from light damage). If you have a natural food store in your area, give them a call. If they don't sell the herbs, they might be able to point you to another source. And don't fret if you can't locate all the herbs; I think any combination would be lovely.