Good idea from Laura

I got this good idea from Laura at Worldturned.  I used to have a similar idea but her idea is so much easier.

Ok, so I was told by my eye doc that I’m supposed to lie for 15 min, twice a day, with a warm compress on my eyes.  Tough assignment, I know.  But I quickly discovered that a warm washcloth gets cold in less than 5 minutes.

So I discovered rice:

Get a cheapy pair of nylon knee-highs.  I found those little bitty “eggs” (little plastic case, about the size of a golf ball) for $.33/pair at Wal-mart.  bought a bag of bargain rice for $.96.

Put 1/2 cup or so of rice into one of the knee-highs, tie-off a little above the rice.  I laid the bag across my eyes to estimate the size, and tied it off there.

Stick the tied-off stocking of rice in the microwave, starting at 20 seconds, and keep heating until it reaches the heat that you want.

It will stay hot for a good, long while.  The rice is awesome for holding the heat in.  And then, you can reuse it.  I’ve heard that it works well as an ice pack, too.

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12 Responses to Good idea from Laura

  1. javajunkee says:

    I LOVE this idea. And am going to try it. I still have my herbal wrap that my bff gave me like 4 years ago for christmas..I keep heating that up and I’m pretty sure the herbs are stagnant by now but it sure feels good heated up and it holds the heat.
    At some point it’s going to have to go though and I am going to need a back up . This sounds like it. Thank you 🙂

  2. JavaQueen says:

    I so something similar. I was at Walgreens and bought their “Bed Buddy” for $10.00 – a nicely sewn eye shaped bag filled with who knows what? I over cooked it a few times and its contents became burned- nearly started a fire in the microwave. My bff suggested that I just take a tube sock, fill it with rice (NOT INSTANT RICE) tie off the end and nuke it for a while, like you said until it gets to the right temp.

    In the winter, I put it down by my feet to warm them up. I use it for neck pain, back pain, knee pain, head pain, jaw pain- whatever. It delivers MOIST heat which is especially helpful and you are right, it stays warm forever! Cheap and easy! We have a couple of tube sock “Bed Buddies” floating around our house at any given time.

    GREAT TIP! Just an amazing idea!

  3. JavaQueen says:

    That’s “do” something similar. Derrrrr!

  4. pammy wammy says:

    Neat idea,I will have to try it.Somedays my back and neck hurt lots.So I do soak in a hot tub and it helps.But you can only do that so often and it wastes lots of water when you have to pay for it.That would feel great to fall asleep with on a sore spot.Whats with putting it on the eyes Joy?What does that do?

    • Joy says:

      I got this idea from a friend Pam. Maybe she had headaches or something. I’m not really sure.

      I used to make bags like this using field corn. I’d make 5X7 bags of soft flannel and fill them with the corn and heat them up. I’d put them in my bed near where my feet would be so it would be warm when I climbed in. This is so much easier.

      This is an excellent idea. I will try this as well.

      • Sue says:

        I love my corn bags! I have all kinds of bags already sewn, I just didn’t fill them yet. I wonder if Jason needs a new one yet?!

      • Laura (LS) says:

        I use the rice bags on my eyes, because my eyes don’t make the “right” kind of tears. I’m deficient in some oil – apparently there are three components of tears, saline, lipids, and something else. Well one of the oils isn’t at the proper level, so my eye doc told me to take fish oil caps, and do warm eye compresses every day.

        Just the excuse I needed to lay on the couch for a minimum of 15 minutes every day!!!

        But it really, REALLY helps with dry, itchy eyes. Gets the juices flowing nicely.

  5. starlaschat says:

    That’s a wonderful idea the moist heat is so relaxing. One thing I have found is to not over heat the rice because after awhile if it’s overheated it can have a burned smell. But really I guess if that happens you just make another one. Thanks for the idea it’s a good one! Hope it helps your eyes Joy.

  6. Doraz says:

    By George, that is a clever thing!

  7. nikki says:

    I wonder if you could put lavender in with the rice? I’m going to make some of these for sure! Thanks!!!! 🙂

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