I just started a month-long liver cleanse. And yes, I feel horrible as I thought I would — but I hope that’s a good thing. My naturopath is helping me get rid of all the toxins that are preventing my body from absorbing vitamins and nutrients (among other issues). So while I was watching a video on how to do a Caster Oil Pack, I saw a GREAT idea — a heart-shaped flaxseed warming pillow. (Which can also be an aromatherapy pillow if you want.) And I made my own version of it– even though I’m not much of a seamstress. Which means you can make it, too. Because if I can do it, so can you!
My daughters struggle with tummy issues so I thought that this heart pillow would be perfect for them to cuddle with when tummy trouble arises. (In addition to a hot water bottle or a heating pad.)
First, why flaxseed?
I learned that flaxseed is better than rice (which I’ve done in the past) because flaxseed is:
- good for heat retention
- doesn’t have a cooked grain smell
- can be chilled
- moist heat due to natural oils
On to the directions.
sturdy paper or funnel
hand sewing kit
I choose to make it different patterns on each side of the heart. I used heavy cotton — maybe next time I’ll try a flannel but for now this works.
I folded the material wrong side out in half and drew a half-heart.
I cut out the heart on both fabric pieces. My intention was to make the heart wide more than tall.
With the right-sides of the material pressed together and the wrong sides on the outside, I sewed around the edge almost entirely. I left a 1.5″ gap.
See the gap?
Then, I pushed the material inside out to make it right-side out.
Next, I made a paper funnel and poured flaxseed into my heart pillow using the gap in the sticking. Here’s where you can add in essential oils or lavender. (I choose not to do this but may add essential oils to the cotton pillow itself if my daughter wants.)
Once my daughter decided how full she wanted the pillow, I hand sewed the gap closed.
You can put this pillow in the freezer or microwave. It’s best if your child holds the heart upside down so the most coverage is in the intestinal area.
Also, this is a great gift idea for older adults–mother-in-laws, grandmas, and so on for Valentine’s Day or any day!