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How to Make a Flax Seed Neck Wrap

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Overview

Neck wraps have been used for years to sooth sore muscles. When filled with whole flax seed and heated in the microwave, they create a moist heat that can last for hours. They can also be reheated over and over again and still retain heat. Essential oils can be added for their aromatherapy benefits, or the neck wraps can be left without oils, in case the intended user has allergies. Homemade neck wraps make good gifts for family and friends and can be made by anyone who can sew a straight line.

Step 1

With right sides together, fold the napkin in half. Sew a 1/4 inch seam along the long edge of the napkin.

Step 2

Sew a 1/4th inch seam along the bottom of the napkin. This will make a tube. Turn the tube right-side out.

Step 3

Fold the tube in half and iron. Fold it in half again and iron it again, making four sections.

Step 4

Fill the bottom section of the tube with 1/2 to 3/4 cup of flax seed. Add 2 or 3 drops of essential oil to the seed if you like. Sew the bottom section shut, using the crease that the iron made as a guide.

Step 5

Continuing filling the sections, using 1/2 to 3/4 cup of seeds and essential oil. Sew each section using the creases as guides.

Tips and Warnings

  • Keep the flax seed away from the seams when you're sewing or you can break a needle. Don't use dried lavender in your neck wrap; it can burn when it's microwaved. Don't fill the sections too full or the wrap won't conform to your neck.

Things You'll Need

  • Large cotton napkin, 16" square
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Whole flax seeds
  • Lavender or peppermint essential oils (optional)

References

  • Michael Miller Fabrics: Therapeutic Neck Wrap
  • Massage Santa Rosa: Heat Therapy Pillows
Keywords: flax seed neck wrap, homemade neck wraps, essential oil

About this Author

Liz Ward is a Visual Communications Designer and writer. Ward's articles are published on eHow.com and GardenGuides.com. Ward has written for Demand Studios and Text Broker. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Design and a Minor in photography from Purdue University. She is also a master gardener.

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