Making a Flax Seed Heat Wrap
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Flax seed wraps are easy and fun to make.
The biggest question we receive about the wraps is "How many cups of flaxseed is in a pound?" The answer is, "One cup of flax seed weighs approximately 6.5 oz. A two pound bag will supply you with approximately 5 cups of flaxseed."
The other question is "How much flax seed do you put in a wrap?" That question is a little tougher as it depends on the size and shape of the wrap. Generally enough flax seed is put into each pocket so the pocket is about 1/2 - 3/4 full. This pocket should be easy to sew closed as well as being flexible so it will form to the body. If not enough flaxseed is used, there will be dead spaces where there will be no heat.
Why use flaxseed instead of beans, corn, or rice? Flax seeds are very small so the wrap is very comfortable and conforming. Since flax seed is 30 to 40% oil, when heated in the microwave it retains a moist heat for a long period of time and can be heated over and over again. The beans, corn and rice all work for a short time, because they are all water based. Every time you heat them, some of the hydration is lost. Eventually, you have a wrap that can't hold heat anymore. That will not happen with flax seed as it is oil based and oil doesn't dehydrate. You can heat it hundreds of times and it will still hold the heat as well as the first time. The main concern with flax seed is to not overheat it. For each cup of flax seed used in a wrap, microwave for 1-2 minutes, depending on the fabric used and your microwave. It is always best to microwave for a shorter time and add 30 second intervals until you find the right timing.
Flaxseed also works great as a cold pack. Kids love these packs for their boo boos rather than the cold, drippy ice cubes. The seeds don't freeze solid, so they still conform to you.
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