Now a wheat bag is pretty much a cotton bag with wheat in it, that is used in the same way as a hot water bottle, expect they go in the microwave. They are great for a number of reasons.
They are safer than a hot water bottle. They wont leak, and are able to be better temperature controlled than a hot water bottle. This makes them wonderful for children.
They can easily be made into any shape or size. Wheat bags can be made into small squares to fit in pockets as hand warms. Great for when the children have to face those cold mornings at school. They can be made in a circular shape, so they can placed around necks.
They are fantastic for period pain. There flexible nature means they are great to cuddle up with. They are actually great for any sort of muscle pain, as they can be wrapped around anything, like a leg, hip, or draped over a foot, unlike a hot water bottle.
They can replace a expensive electric blanket in the winter. Heat a wheat bag up maybe half an hour or so before you go to bed, and put it between your sheets. This will warm your bed up, for three minutes of electricity, not 30 minutes. If you want a little extra heat, you can heat the bag up again just before you go to bed to snuggle up with. Electric blankets are expensive to run and buy, and we have all at some stage left them on all night. A wheat bag can be very cheap to make, or buy.
They can washed if the wheat is in a liner. If you make or buy a wheat bag that has a lining in it, you can easily unpick the stitching and washing the outsider layer, if the need arises. Even if your bad does not have a lining back in it, you can still remove the wheat and was the bag, or even replace the out side cover if need be. This also makes them child friendly. The wheat should last a long time, and only really needs to be replaced if it has been burnt.
They can save you money. As already pointed out they can replace an electric blanket. They donít need to be replaced as often as a hot water bottle. Plus using one of these during the day may help you use less heating.
You can also buy or make using cotton that is any colour, pattern or print, making them easily personalized and a fun winter accessory
You can buy wheat bags often from craft fairs, or trade me. Or they are easy to make. Just google search microwave wheat bags, and you will find a huge range of tutorials.
HOW TO HEAT YOUR WHEAT BAG
Place in the microwave, and heat for roughly one minute per kilo of wheat. However if you donít want it too hot, take half a minute off. So depending on how sensitive you are to heat, you may find that 2 and a half minutes is enough for a 3 kilo wheat bag. Of course it depends on your microwave as well. Just trial and error it. The bag can be heated up multiple times, and before it has totally cooled down, although you will need to reduce the amount of time in spends in the microwave for round two.