Ugh, for the last week or so I’ve had an awful cold. It finally feels like it is on the upswing, so fingers crossed I’m free of it by the weekend. I prefer natural remedies when I can, so this neck wrap that I made last year has been wonderful. My grandmother always said to keep your neck warm when you are sick, and would wrap a warm washcloth around her neck then a scarf. This wrap uses the same principle, and also adds the same essential oils as Vick’s. It helps clear up an congestion that you may have and is really soothing. Over the past year the essential oils have worn off slightly, but I renewed it by just sprinkling a few drops to the outside of the fabric.
It couldn’t be easier to sew. You need two pieces of 6″ by 18″ fabric. I used Amy Butler’s flannel because I find it to be the softest. You also need about 1 1/2 cups of rice and 30 drops of essential oils (10 each of rosemary, lavender, and eucalyptus). You sew the fabric, right sides together and 1/2 inch seams, leaving a 3 inch hole at one of the short ends. Turn, and top stitch around, again leaving the hole at one end. Toss the rice with the essential oils in a small bowl. Pour 1/4 cup of rice through the hole into the bottom of your wrap. Pin to keep rice corralled at the bottom, and sew straight across at approximately 3″ from the bottom. Repeat with remaining rice and sewing at 3″ intervals until you reach the end. Pin ends, and sew across last end to close it up.
To use, microwave for 1 – 2 minutes. Place against your neck and feel your sinuses just clear away.