Welcome To www.LupusMCTD.com
December 02, 2020, 07:25:54 am *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
   Home   Forum Help Search Calendar Login Register  
Pages: 1   Go Down
Author Topic: How to Make a Rice Sock  (Read 18633 times)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
"Pay It Forward" ஐﻬ
Site Owner
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 10407

LupusMCTD Founder ஐﻬ

« on: December 27, 2006, 05:24:36 pm »

How to Make a Rice Sock
This guide will help you create a "rice sock," a compress which can be heated in a microwave or chilled in a freezer and applied to the body to help relieve pain and discomfort. It can also be used as a physical therapy device for hands.


Get a clean cotton sock and fill it with uncooked rice. Don't pack it in tightly, but leave some room for the kernels to move around, so that it will more easily conform to the area to be treated.
Tie the open end of the sock with yarn, ribbon or string.
Put the filled sock in a microwave oven for approximately 1 minute (or to chill the sock, put it in a freezer for about 45 minutes).
Shake the rice sock to evenly distribute the heated or chilled rice.

Apply the sock to the desired body part.
To use for physical therapy, just create a smaller rice sock and knead it slowly and gently with the affected hand. As time passes and the hand gets stronger, knead harder.

You can add a few drops of your favorite scented oil such as pure essential lavender oil, which aids in relaxation.
You can add some dried herbs to provide scent as well. A popular mix is dried lavender, chamomile and lemon peel.

Be sure the sock is closed tightly and knot the tie to prevent a spill.
If the sock becomes dirty, you can throw it away and make a new one, or empty the contents into a clean sock and wash the dirty one.

An alternate way to make these, if you have more time, is to sew a little pouch (with or without a decorative design). These can be used for yourself, given as gifts, or even to sell if they are really good..

New rice will give off quite a bit of moisture when microwaved and will smell strongly. The more your sock/beanbag is used and microwaved the less damp it will feel and the smell will gradually fade.

Washed and dried cherry pits can also be used instead of rice.

The foot of an old pair of pantyhose could be used as the inside layer of a two layer sock to keep the rice from migrating through a less tightly woven outer sock.

Corn seed (available at farm outlets) can also be used and the heat generated seems to last longer. Don't use popcorn for this project!

A small pillow case may be substituted for the sock if you want a pad that covers more area. Remember, more area means slightly longer heating/cooling time. You will want to experiment with times and settings, but be careful not to burn yourself.

If you have no materials around to seal the sock, just tie a knot in the end of the sock itself or sew up the end of the sock to create a permanent seal.

To be prepared for the unexpected, keep one in your freezer, so it's ready to use at a moment's notice.

A good way to make a larger rice "pillow" is to fold a soft dishtowel (clean) in half. Sew up two of the sides, fill it with rice, then sew up the third side. These are especially good for menstrual cramps, because the weight feels nice on the abdomen, and the heat soothes the pain.

Flax seed is another possibilty. Flax seeds are small, hard, smooth brown seeds about the size of a sesame seed. Their smoothness makes them conform very well to any shape.

A rice sock also works well for comforting puppies who cry in the night. Warm it and put it in bed with the puppy. Be certain it's not too hot.

A small amount of Vick's Vaporub can create an aromatic and therapuetic aid that will help with colds or allergies.

Do not use Minute Rice or other quick cooking sorts of rice. It will start a fire in your microwave.

To prevent fires, put a glass of water in the microwave with your rice sock when heating it.
Never use anything metal to make your rice sock because you will be using it in the microwave, and microwaves do not like metal.

Don't use twist ties to close your sock, as they may contain metal.

Use caution so as not to overheat the sock. Rice socks can cause severe burns if overheated. The rice can also burn! At the very least this will smell bad, and it could possibly start a fire or burn a hole in the sock.

Never use a rice sock on a person who is sleeping, anyone who is paralyzed, a person who has been given medication that might numb their body (such as an epidural), or an infant. They could be burned severely, because they will not be able to feel or tell you if the sock is too hot.

Do not use a very cold rice sock on somebody with a body fever, as it could cause their body temperature to drop too fast, possibly resulting in serious injury.

If the rice sock feels too cold or hot at first, you can wrap it with a light towel until the temperature equalizes a bit.

Things You'll Need
a clean cotton sock
uncooked rice
a piece of yarn, ribbon or string, not plastic
a microwave and / or a freezer
A small pillow case may be substituted for the sock if you wish a larger pad.

« Last Edit: December 27, 2006, 05:31:40 pm by Kathy » Logged

I look normal, as I have an "Invisible Illness". You can not catch it, you can not see it. It's called Lupus.My body is attacking itself on the inside.
www.LupusMCTD.com Represents:
1) We are patients helping researchers build a future for the lives of others...
2) Where HOPE is a WORK In Progress
3) Pay It Forward~Giving Back To The Future Lupus/MCTD Patients
Pages: 1   Go Up
Jump to:  

Page Contents, Layout, Graphics and Design All Copyrighted by Credited Artists and are Not Public Domain.

LupusMCTD Founder & Patient
Former Domestic Violence SURVIVOR
Kathy A. Patterson

Author of the Upcoming Memoir Book:
"Fighting From The Inside Out"..
A lupus patient fights the beast within her immune system and the beast at home....

e-Booklet filled with photos and videos of what abuse was, signs to look for,
where to turn to for help, and much more to help others like me...

For more information
Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE(7233)

"The Meaning of the Words in the Second Amendment .... "That the people have a right to freedom of speech, and of writing, and publishing their sentiments;"

PRIVACY NOTICE: Warning--any person and/or institution and/or Agent and/or Agency of any governmental structure including but not limited to the United States Federal Government also using or monitoring/using this website or any of its associated websites, you do NOT have my permission to utilize any of my profile information nor any of the content contained herein including, but not limited to my photos, and/ or the comments made about my photo's or any other "picture" art posted on my profile. You are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from disclosing, copying, distributing, disseminating, or taking any other action against me with regard to this profile and the contents herein. The foregoing prohibitions also apply to your employee(s), agent(s), student(s) or any personnel under your direction or control. The contents of this profile are private and legally privileged and confidential information, and the violation of my personal privacy is punishable by law
2008 LupusMCTD Foundation of America - All Rights Reserved
Est.November 11, 2005
"We Understand What You Are Going Through"
Powered by EzPortal

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.21 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines
Twitter Mod created by 2by2host.com - a web hosting company