Product Type: Essential Aids health products
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Essential Aids Wheat Bag is My Essential Bit of Kit
Essential Aids Natural Wheatbag Wrap
Member Name: Vialdana
Essential Aids Natural Wheatbag Wrap
Advantages: easy to use, no strong smell, keeps it's heat well and has pockets to hold the wheat in place
Disadvantages: A little on the pricey side compared to many other brands
I'm a big fan of heat and cold for helping with pain, and because of this I own a number of microwavable heat packs. I also like to use them instead of a hot water bottle at night time, and one of those which I have is this wheat bag from Essential Aids.
This particular wheat bag is made from a thick tartan coloured material, and is one of my favourites. It's not really to do with the colouring of the material, but the thickness and feel of the material is certainly a factor in making it one of my favourites, but the most important factor is that inside, the bag is divided into 4 pockets which means that unlike with many wheat bags, the wheat inside doesn't slide all to one end when you place it in position, particularly if you're using it for your neck or back when you want the wheat (and therefore the heat) to be evenly spread out.
To use these bags hot, you place them in the microwave and then heat in short bursts of around 30 seconds taking it out and shaking it around before placing it back in for its next burst of heating. When your bag reaches the desired heat level, take it out and place it on your back, knee, neck etc. to help with pain.
To use these cold, you need to place them in the freezer, and I've found that it's best to place them inside a plastic bag first so that the material doesn't get damp from the freezing process. I don't often use any of mine cold, and I don't believe I've ever done so with this particular bag, however, I'd say that you probably need to leave it in the freezer for several hours before using it.
Although many wheat bags come pre-scented, this one doesn't, and again this is another reason why I like it. Although I enjoy the smell of lavender, and actually use it in a carrier oil such as sweet almond, as a rub, I don't really like it on my wheat bags as I do think that the smell can be rather overpowering when heated up.
In terms of holding the heat, this one does seem to hold its heat pretty well. I'd say its almost as good for that as my original 'hotpak' wheat bag, and quite a bit better than some I have which are rice filled not wheat filled. It's hard to give a definitive length of time that the heat will stay in the bag because if I use it when sat downstairs it doesn't last anything like as long as it does if I'm tucked up in a warm bed. On average though, I'd say the heat can last between 45 minutes and 2 hour before you'll want to think about re-warming the bag depending on the circumstances.
I have to say I'm not sure what my wheat bag cost as it was a gift, but those I can see on Amazon sold by Essential Aids seem to be selling for £14.70 plus postage. Now although this is quite high compared to some that you can buy, I do think that if I was looking for another I might well be willing to pay it because it is one of the best I own.
My general feeling would be that this IS a product that's well worth buying despite its higher price tag. Yes, there are cheaper options out there which are nearly as good, but not many which are AS good. This one holds the heat well, it has divisions within the bag so that the wheat within it stays spread out well, and the material that it's made from has a nice feel to it.
Summary: A good quality wheat bag that works well and sits comfortably where ever you place it.
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