The benefits of a Wheat Bag
The Wheat Bag is a wonderful and natural way to ease aches and pains. If you’re not convinced then read on to discover how a wheat heat pack can really benefit you.
We have a saying in Swedish; ‘kärt barn har många namn’ (a dear child has many names) - meaning that something popular often has a lot of nicknames.
The wheat bag is one of those, it has many names. Heat pack, microwave hottie, bean bag, wheat pillow and so on.
It is not a new invention. In fact it’s as old as…who knows? But it’s safe to say we’ve been using them for yonks.
So what’s so good about a wheat bag? I hear you ask.
First off - it is a completely natural way to ease aches and pains. Whether it’s a sore neck from hours hunched over a laptop, chronic lower back pain, period cramps or stiffness in joints - the wheat bag will offer soothing deep heat or relaxing cool.
That’s right, you can use it both hot and cold.
Hot and cold therapy is one of the most efficient ways of dealing with pain, and there are many products out there offering to help. These products are often made with chemical filling, plastic materials and are single use. The wheat bag can be reused and some (like this one) can be washed and scented too.
Secondly, why use a hot water bottle when you can use a heat pack instead? It’s literally a warm cuddly hug and no need to mess around with boiling water or leaking lids. The grain filling shapes to your body and offers relief just where you need it - bliss!
Besides dealing with your sore back and keeping you warm, the wheat bag can be used in other areas that you might not have thought of.
If you are pregnant, recently had a baby or breastfeeding the wheat bag can help with ligament or pelvic girdle pain, to warm your little ones cot or pram prior to placing baby down, and as a warm compress on engorged breasts to help with the milk flow.
Suffering from headaches, migraines or ear aches a lot? Try a warm wheat bag to soothe and ease tension. Go for an unscented wheat bag if you are sensitive to smells or would like to add your own scent.
Try implementing a wheat bag next time you give someone a massage and they will love you forever. The gentle heat will warm up the muscles and prepare them for that deep tissue massage to really work wonders.
The concept of a wheat bag is not complicated, you can easily make one yourself. Just stuff a bit of grain or rice in an old sock for example and et voilà!
The downside to this is it won’t last very long and well, it’s an old sock.
You can easily purchase a cheap wheat hottie online, many shops are selling them suspiciously cheap. They are cheap because they won’t last long. They are often of poor quality and made from cheap synthetic materials stuffed with chemicals, plus you can’t wash them.
Unless you’re savvy on a sewing machine and have access to high quality materials I recommend investing in a wheat bag that will truly last.
The Blästa Henriët Wheat Bag is made from 100% linen which is the toughest and most sustainable fibre around, plus you can wash the cover and keep it fresh. The inner bag is divided into sections which means the wheat stays in place and won’t gather in an uncomfortable bulk. Oh and you can heat it in the oven too! Yep, as it’s made from all natural materials that have not been treated with chemicals it’s perfectly safe to heat it in oven if you happen to be one of many that does not own a microwave.
And if you like us are mindful about your impact on the environment, choose a wheat bag that is made from OEKO-tex fabric and comes in plastic free packaging made from recycled waste fibres. Blästa Henriët also make all products in England using local materials, so the carbon footprint is minimised.
So to sum up, the wheat bag is a simple yet effective product that can assist you in many ways and quickly become invaluable without a big price tag or costing the earth.
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