This easy to make pillow is filled with rice giving it a heavy weighted feeling that feels great around a stiff neck plus it heats up in the microwave until it's toasty warm. 50% of people over the age of 45 have some kind of neck pain at least once a year. Probably on account of our brains being so heavy with information.
When I started blogging 10 years ago my health went to crap. CRAP I say. Within months of working at a desk all day I got migraines, my shoulders became knotted like a macrame plant holder and my neck got so stiff I lost the ability to shake my head "no".
This tragically led to the misconception I was agreeing to a lot of things I wasn't. I now have the 24 month extended warranty on every electronic I've bought since then for instance.
After a few years, yes it really took me a few years, I started dealing with the correlation between sitting at a desk most of the day and my health. I started doing stretching exercises every day, built myself a GREAT DIY treadmill desk,( you can read the tutorial on how to make your own for $250 here ), and got regular Active Release Treatments (which hurt like hell).
I still get a stiff neck the odd time and the one thing that helps it is my heated neck pillow. Which is really just a couple of towels from the dollar store sewn into a bag and filled with rice.
DIY Heated Neck Pillow
You can make this out of any soft material. Flannel, cotton, linen, an old favourite pillow case, whatever you want. I chose terry cloth because it's thicker and so if the rice is really hot from heating up, there's more of a buffer between you and the hot rice.
When you choose what to use for your fabric make sure it has a tight enough weave that the rice and lavender won't work its way out.
If you are absolutely and completely opposed to sewing you can use a longgg sock for this. Just fill it and tie the end in a knot or fasten it with a string or rubber band. The sleeve off an old sweater would work too.
If your towel is really big, just sew the seam allowance that leaves you with a pillow that will be 18" long by 5" wide once sewn.
Cut off the excess seam allowance fabric.
Get your rice (I used 2 small bags for my pillow) and dried herbs. Only use dried otherwise you'll get a mouldy mess in your pillow.
I used lavender that someone had given me 2 years ago. It has become so brittle I can't touch it without the flowers falling off so it will have a second life in this aromatherapy neck pillow.
Here I have lemongrass I dried in the oven and the lavender.
Once your bag is filled with rice add ¼ cup of the herb and sew the end of the bag up.
How to use the warming pillow.
To heat the bag put it in the microwave for a minute on high. Remove the bag then shake it around. Put it back in the microwave for another minute. Repeat until it's the temperature you want.
I now have a loose neck, warm shoulders and he ability to shake my head no. With God as my witness I will never buy an extended warranty again.