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      11.03.2011 12:10
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      Wheat bags are great little inventions and i couldn't be without mine! I have been using wheat bags for around nine years now and replace them every few years. Wheat bags can be used to relieve all sorts of aches and pains.

      The wheat bag i have now is a cotsworld lavender pink one. I bought this from our very small chemist in our small village it only cost £1.99 a bargain at that.
      The wheat bag is around 15 inches long and 5 inches wide, it is stuffed with wheat. I choose the pink fleece but these come in different colours to suit. When my wheat bag was new the lavender scent was really strong managing to stink out my whole kitchen but after using it for around 6 weeks the scent disappears, i do sprinkle a few drops of lavender oil on it now and again. Lavender oil only costs around 80p from health shops. The smell of the lavender is very calming and can help sleep so i feel this scent fits the hot wheat bag perfectly if used to replace a bed time hot water bottle.

      The what bag packaging had a paper tube around the middle off it and the wheat bag is folded in half, on the bag of the paper tube it has some instructions on it and gives a rough guide on how long to heat the bag for also has an important warning about over heating could cause the bag to go on fire (this happened to me once).
      Wheat bags have been deemed dangerous due to them going on fire in the microwave this is mainly because people leave it in the microwave for two long and if the microwave is dirty and a bit of food sticks to the bag it can also cause a fire.
      I have set fire to my wheat bag by mistake over heating it for around six minutes woops but it caused a small hole in the bag and some of the wheat was black and started to smoke. All in i do not think the wheat bags are dangerous as i am more careful on how long i heat it up for.

      To heat the wheat bag i fold the it in half and sit it in the middle of my microwave plate. I heat mines of 1 and a half minutes in my microwave but it will be different settings for everyone as it goes by the power of the microwave mine is an 800 watt. When the wheat bag comes back out the microwave it is lovely and warm not hot and not burny. It can then be used to sooth my aches. The wheat bag can be reheated as often as you want.

      I could not be without my wheat bag and between four of us in this house it gets used a lot. I have used the wheat bag for ear ache, toothaches, headaches, sore tummy's, back problems etc. I often get spasms in my neck so when i feel them coming i use my wheat bag to fight off the pain. The lavender helps me keep calm and relaxed while the heat works its magic, usually it stops the spasms dead in its tracks so i personally feel the wheat bag is better than taking any pills.
      Its safe enough for children to use as well and soft cosy enough to use in bed to keep warm.

      I highly recommend the cotsworld lavender wheat bag.

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        09.03.2011 08:13
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        I quite like it!

        The good old Hotty Wotty Bottle is at risk from young upstarts such as this. Who'd have thought?

        Partly due to some positive publicity about these products, I bought myself one about 3 weeks ago. I had a use in mind, namely the fact that I spend a fair bit of time in the workshop/garage and without any form of heating out there, it can get pretty parky.

        It doesn't seem appropriate to shove a hot water bottle up your jumper, although I have done this and also shoved one down the waistband of my over-trousers. It was a tad embarrassing when it dropped out whilst engaged in conversation with a passing village person. That said, they all know by now that my lift doesn't go to the top floor, so once she had established that it wasn't a colostomy bag she took it in her stride, bless her.

        No.... anyway........the attraction of this wheat thingy was the fact that it would readily wrap around whichever body part needed heating. (It wraps about three times round some parts - but that stays pretty warm by itself!). More often than not, I wrap the microwaved sock full of grain around the back of my neck and tuck the ends down the collar of my shirt and that gives me a nice warm Ready Brek type glow whilst I beaver away.

        On the downside, it doesn't either get as hot as a hotty wotty botty (because I always slavishly follow the instructions for microwaving), nor stay as hot either. Aha! Not the issue it might have been! We have an old microwave in the workshop (it was waiting to go to the tip) and I can easily reheat it without having to go back inside. It only takes a minute. Ping!

        Another useful time to use this is after climbing the wooden steps to Bedfordshire. I am in the habit of reading in bed and even though my wife may well have warmed the bed via the electric blanket, that doesn't keep warm the bits that normally stick out whilst reading.

        I am talking here primarily about my ears and, through fervent experimentation, I have found that you can hang this product over the top of your head with the heated testicles of wheat grain hanging down over your ears like a spaniel's lugs. If your nose goes a bit blue, you can relocate one of the testicles over your snitch until it return to its normal hue. Finally, when it's time to go to sleep (when I have read the same 5 pages as I read the night before), you can fold it into a heated pillow on which to rest your weary head and reflect on the day's events before drifting off into The Land of Nod.

        So - it's versatile and of course you can use it again and again. However, on the downside, it lost its lavender smell after about a week and the fact that you can't wash it does mean that it will quickly become a playground for bacteria of every description. Well, they have to play somewhere, I suppose.

        Overall, I have to concede that it's a good product, but there will come a time when it will have to be thrown away and replaced. We live in the throwaway society after all. There isn't anywhere else to live.

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          07.03.2011 09:40
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          Excellent for curling up on the sofa!

          Some months ago I was browsing a local craft fair and came across a stall selling Wheat Warmers in various fragrances for about £6 from what I can remember so I decided to treat myself to a lavender one.

          What is it?

          This is going to be fun to try and describe!

          It feels like a long bean bag measuring about eighteen inches by five inches. It is filled with wheat and lavender grains and when handled it feels like a bean bag in that you can feel the grains moving around inside the bag.

          The bag itself is made from fleecy material and the one I have is lavender in colour to match the fragrance of the grains inside although they are available in a range of colours.

          What do you do with it?

          Well, you place the bag in the microwave for a couple of minutes (instructions are provided with the bag) which warms the contents. The warmth also releases the fragrance from the lavender grains.

          You then remove the bag from the microwave and place it on any part of your body where you have aches and pains.

          As I said earlier the bag is not rigid like a hot water bottle would be so you can tuck it around the bits that you want to feel better.

          The idea is that the warmth of the bag will help to ease the pains by relaxing the muscles involved and the fragrance of the lavender helps with the general calming 'feel good' experience - providing you like the smell of lavender of course!

          It can be reheated and reused as many times as you like as there are not going to be any side effects produced by this.

          My experiences

          I have used my Wheat Warmer to ease the pains that I have when I strain the base of my back. I wrap the bag around my back so that the heat is exactly where I want it to be and the warmth does definitely help to ease the pain. I also find that the fragrance of the lavender helps to relax me generally and, if I use this in the evening, it seems to help me to sleep as well.

          It is also a good product to use when my neck or shoulders ache as it can be manoeuvred into position so that it is right on the point of the pain.

          I have also used mine when I have a cold and am feeling shivery as it helps to warm me up and make me feel better with the lovely smell of lavender.

          It's great for keeping your feet warm when the weather is really cold too!

          Being 56 I don't suffer from period pains any more but I guess this would be really useful for relief if I did!

          Any disadvantages?

          The one obvious disadvantage of the Wheat Warmer is that you have to be sitting still in order to use it. When I have hurt my back, I tend to use the Cura Heat pads that be worn under my clothes during the day and then use the Wheat Warmer in the evening when I am sitting still.

          The other thing that it a bit of a problem is that it is not washable and there is no way to remove the cover to wash it separately. If you think about it, using this bag is going to heat up your body which will then perspire, so over time the outer cover will get a bit grubby and possibly won't smell too fresh either.

          In Conclusion

          The bag delivers exactly what you want it to - comfort and ease of pain right where you need it together with a relaxing fragrance, but its use is limited to when you are not moving around. The main advantage is that it can be manoeuvred right to the point of the pain.

          I would recommend it as an addition to your normal pain relief regime and I find that it works well for me.

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            24.02.2011 20:34
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            A must have health item

            A Wheat Warmer is something that everyone should have stored in the cupboard for times of emergency, this great little device is ideal for the general aches and pains caused from everyday life. The Wheat Warmer is available from good chemists, department stores and online - there are lots of different designs and fillings to choose from but my personal favourite is the lavender wheat bag.

            The Warmer is made from a very soft fleece material (about forearms length) and stuffed (like a beanbag) with wheat as well as your chosen fragrance, which in this case is Lavender. The reason for choosing Lavender was due to its antiseptic, healing properties. According to research Lavender is a great, natural anti-inflammatory. So ideal if being used to aid arthritic conditions and sprains. Lavender is also known for its relaxing properties so is ideal for alleviating anxiety and sleep disturbances (An ideal alternative to a hot water bottle)

            The Wheat Bag can be used hot or cold to treat many different symptoms. Placed on a clean, dry surface the bag should be microwave for just a few minutes until warm and placed on the affected area. The warmth of the bag releases tight muscles and encourages the body to relax. The bag is ideal for use as a sleep aid as can be wrapped, folder and placed around the body very easily. The fleece material is very comforting and does not irritate the skin like other harsh materials can.

            Another great way to use the Wheat Bag is as a cold compress to treat sprains and bruises. Simply place the bag in to the freezer for a few hours and apply to the swollen skin. The wheat moulds itself to the limb allowing for direct application first time.

            There are other alternatives to using a Wheat Bag such as Deep Heat, Heat Pads, Hot Water Bottles and Ice Packs however these kind of products are not always re-useable, cost effective or easily handled. Whereas the Wheat Bag can be easily stored, re-used again and again, can be applied hot or cold and is excellent for treating a number of symptoms. When compared to the price of topical lotions the re-usable bag costs pennies per use.

            Price wise the product can be purchased from £4+, it is a good idea to hunt around for a bargain or have a go at making your own. Simply purchase quality grain, natural oils and fragrances and sew yourself a little bag. Either way I feel this product is a must have item in addition to a First Aid Kit.

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              18.12.2010 08:59
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              Good if you can stomach the weird smell

              A little while ago I climbed in to bed eagerly anticipating the warmth of my hot water bottle when suddenly I was screaming in agony as the whole hot water bottle exploded covering my legs in very hot water. The brute force of the split in the bottle was clear to see as my walls were splattered with water, my head board was soaked too. After this I was obviously very scared to use a hot water bottle again as I had followed all the instructions properly and still been hurt. I do suffer from an achy back quite regularly as well as some stomach issues and so my grandma decided to lend me her lavender wheat warmer until I could find an alternative I was happy with.

              The wheat warmer she gave me is a lilac in colour and is basically almost a long thin pillow. It is made of a fleecy warm material and is filled with wheat and lavender so it feels quite squishy and grainy to the touch. What you basically need to do with this product is pop it into the microwave for a couple of minutes and all the grains will warm inside meaning you can soothe any aches and pains without the worry of a hot water bottle exploding on you!

              I followed the instructions my grandma gave me when my back was aching and popped the wheat warmer into the microwave for a couple of minutes. When I removed the product from the microwave I was hit with an awful smell in my opinion. I don't think it was so much the lavender in the product but more the hot wheat, but I am not a lavender fan anyway. Despite the fact that the smells from the product made me feel quite sick I persevered and popped the product behind my back whilst I relaxed on the sofa and I have to say it was quite soothing. I also used the product on my stomach and it was soothing there too. I would say the flexibility of this product would make it excellent for wrapping around your neck and I would imagine this would be so relaxing and soothing.

              You can buy this product from amazon for around ten pounds and there are other alternatives available such as ones shaped as animals for children which would make a great safe alternative from a hot water bottle. The only thing with these items is that the covers are not removable and it would be nice to be able to clean them every now and then.

              I would like to say that I would continue to use this product but I am going to be giving it back to my grandma as I just cannot stomach the fragrance they omit, so if anyone knows of a different alternative for me I would love to hear it!

              Thank you for reading my review!

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                15.11.2010 21:59
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                Great product, let down by the non removeable cover.

                A while back when I was suffering with a cold, my family bought this Wheat Warmer for me from a stall in the middle of a shopping centre. The salesman kept going on about how wonderful they were and how long they stayed warm for etc (typical salesman banter!!), so they bought this lavender one and paid £7.00 for it. When we later looked them up on the web, they seem to normally retail for around £8, so they got a good deal with this one.

                So what exactly is it? The best I can describe it is as being a sort of long wrap pillow. It measures 18 inches by 5 inches and is filled fairly full of wheat and lavender grains, so that the pillow becomes a sort of long floppy bean bag. The outside of the bag has a soft fleece like material, and the one I've got is actually red, but looking on the web, they do seem to also come in a variety of other colours as well.

                The idea is that you place this item in a microwave for a couple of minutes to warm the contents up. You then take it out of the microwave and use it on your body to ease everyday aches and pains. As well as warming, the microwaving also activates the lavender smell from the lavender grains, which is a fairly strong but pleasant smell.

                The lavender itself doesn't really do anything for the aches and pains, however, it is known to be a good natural product that aids sleep and relaxation. So if you want to keep warm in your bed at night and get a good night's sleep, this could be the thing to help you.

                The product itself is meant to be a sort of glorified hot water bottle to ease those everyday aches and pains. However, whereas a hot water bottle will just tend to just sit flat against you, the long floppy nature of this pillow allows you to wrap it around yourself slightly in order to increase the warming effect. This makes the product particularly good because it means that you can wrap it around the back of your neck and over your shoulders to cover a larger area than a hot water bottle would, and the filling will sort of mould itself to your body contours and skin to ensure an all over heating effect. When I've used it during a cold, it does give a nice warming soothing feeling all across the shoulders and around the neck.

                In addition I have also used it after a run when I've had aching leg muscles, where the length of the pillow has allowed me to wrap it around my leg to provide the warmth and to ease the aching. After a while it does eventually lose the heating effect, at which point we simply warm it back up again in the microwave.

                The only thing that I have found that is disappointing is that the outer cover is not removable, which is a bit unfortunate because you can't machine wash the pillow as a whole. You can get away with sponging it down slightly, but over time I can imagine that the cover could/would get fairly grubby (ours is still fairly new) and require a wash, which you can't really do.

                In summary, this is a really nice and much better alternative to the traditional hot water bottle, and, had the outer cover been removable, would have easily justified a full 5 star recommendation. However, with that outer cover issue, only 4 stars from me.

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                  15.11.2010 20:13
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                  Toasty warm happy people!

                  A couple of years ago I got a pair of those microwaveable slippers for Christmas. The idea was good, as I really feel the cold and get quite miserable. The thing was they were quite impractical as they were really uncomfortable and just would have fallen apart if I had walked on them more than a couple of times. Afterwards I saw lots of microwaveable re heatbale htings, including blankets and cuddly toys. I decided to treat myself to this wrap/ blanket style thing. I chose this one from amazon as I was psending my dooyoo vouchers!

                  The blanket is from Cotswold and comes in quite classy packaging which makes it ideal for a gift. It is wrapped in cardboard, another plus as it is recyclable. The wrapping isn't partciularly christmassy, so can be used as a gift for any time of the year without you looking like a cheap skate who bought something in the sales!

                  The wrap itself is a fleecy blanket, which is lilac in colour. It is quite thick as it contains wheats inside. The idea is to put the blanket in the microwave for a couple of minutes (depending on the strength of your microwave). The wheats hold the heat and it fades slowly. You can then sit on the sofa, or doing your work (like me having it on my lap now whilst typing). You can put it on your back if you have a bad back, or anywhere you want really.

                  The blanket smells of lavender, which to be honest I don't really like, but it is not too strong and does make the house smell quite nice. The blanket stays warm for about half an hour, and it does get annoying having to keep re-heating it, but it does give you a chance to get up and stretch your legs.

                  I did ask myself what the difference was between this and a hot water bottle which I already have. the only advantage I can think of of this over a hot water bottle is that it is much safer and you don't have the risk of spilling hot water over yourself.

                  This makes a lovely present for somebody. I think it is good value for money as it looks like you have spent more than £8. I have reused mine tons of times now and it's still working perfectly.

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                  14.11.2010 21:11
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                  Fantastic lavender scented heated pillow.

                  Each time I have had a baby it would seem that my back is weaker and my bumps get bigger and bigger (as do my babies!). I have tried quite a serious amounts of products over the year to ensure that I can be pain free or as close to pain free as possible without taking any medication while pregnant as I want to give my child the best start in life.

                  When pregnant with my last child, my daughter, I found that I would be very uncomfortable in bed at night from the moment I put my head down on the pillow and I tried various different heat related products to try and soothe the pain that I would get down one side of my neck & back. After moaning about this to my sister she loaned me her Wheat Warmer to see if I liked it and I then ended up paying £8.00 for one from Amazon (or around £8.00).

                  The wheat warmer is very simple to use, just place it in the microwave to warm it up or even place it in the fridge to cool it down depending on how you want to use it. You can use it to alternate between heat & cold which may be beneficial for certain injuries or afflictions. I have always used mine for the heat so far so can't comment on the effectiveness of placing this in the fridge before use.

                  This bag is filled with wheat & lavender so it releases a nice, soothing, relaxing scent when it has been heated in the microwave. I have found that this scent has been constant for quite a long time now and I have used this off and on for a couple of years now without it losing all of it's smell. The smell may have got weaker over time but it's still one that I find wonderfully relaxing if I am lying in bed with this on my neck, shoulder or back. This warmer is easy to lie around the curve of the body and it's so simple and ingenious really that I'm so surprised products like this haven't been more popular before recent times. The cover of the wheat warmer is quite rigid but yet still comfortable and it makes for a more enjoyable use when the cover is on.

                  The heat of this bag lasted a fair few hours providing it had been in the microwave for two minutes and I am pleasantly surprised with the results. When I was originally using this it was because I was pregnant and I did not want to take any medication but then I continued to use it when I wanted some soothing heat on my head or neck to relax after a stressful day.

                  It's fair to say that I would recommend the wheat warmer as this means that I can have some warmth and relief without having to spend lots of money out on a disposable product. It's very simple to heat up this and it can also be used as a cold compress if I want to but it would probably take a while to cool in the fridge. I have been pleased with the results from using this product as although it may not remove all pain it certainly helps to dull down the pain in an area and the smell it lets off is quite relaxing and soothing when I am trying to take it easy.

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                  12.11.2010 17:04
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                  A lovely fleecy compress that is far nicer than a hot water bottle for soothing away aches and pains

                  I acually bought this wheat warmer as a christmas gift for my aunt after reading some positive reviews on it here at dooyoo and I bought it from amazon with my vouchers.
                  When it arrived I was quite impressed with how it looked especially as I had only paid £7.95 for it and it looked and felt like a quality product that looked more expensive than what I paid for it.

                  I put it away pleased with myself that I had started my christms shopping. A couple of weeks ago I had the cold and was feeling under the weather and I remembered the wheat warmer was upstairs in my cupboard and I decided to just use it for myself as I needed a little comforting.

                  The wheat warmer is a lovely fleecy compress that contains wheat and lavender in it that you can microwave to soothe aches and pains. I was suprised that when free from it's packaging it was a lot bigger than I had expected it to be as it comes doubled over and when removed it is twice the size. I was a little worried that it wouldn't actually fit in my microwave to begin with but I needn't of worried as it squashed in it fine and I don't have the largest of microwaves.

                  The smell of the wheat warmer isn't particualraly strong when cold and when you heat it up it releases a lovely smell that fills the whole house. Now I am not the world's biggest fan of lavander scented products but this was lovely and didn't smell like old lady which is what I usually associate with lavender. It has a sweet smell to it which is really nice but it's not cloying at all.
                  When it is removed from the microwave it is nice and warm all over but it isn't too hot to the touch and can easily be placed straight onto skin without worrying that it will burn you.

                  I personally only really use this for mild aches and pains of the normal type you get after a long day at work and for me it works brilliantly and really soothes me. I have used it all over on my neck and back and during my period when I was having a little pain I used it on my tummy whilst lying on the couch watching TV and it made me feel much better.

                  It is quite squishy so you can mould it to pretty much any part of your body with ease and it is good at retaining it's shape.
                  I'm not sure how effective it would be for major pain but I imagine it would be lovely and soothing even if it didn't eradicate the pain entirely which when you are in pain sometimes a little TLC is all you want.

                  For the money I really don't have a bad word to say about this wheat warmer and think it was absolutely fantastic value. Incedentially even though I ordered it through amazon it came from Cotswold Lavender the makers of it and the whole experience was a pleasant one and I highly recommend them.
                  I absolutely love it and think it is much better than a hot water bottle at relieving my minor aches and I fully intend of replacing the one I used and buying my aunt another one as I think she will love it also.

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                    4 out of 5 stars!

                    When I was pregnant with my daughter I started up with a very painful shoulder which initially felt like a pulled muscle but it got worse and worse until I couldn't even turn my head without being in so much pain that I would be in tears. The doctor wanted to put me on a course of tablets and assured me that it would be safe for my baby but I really didn't want to take the risk so I just coped with the pain. One afternoon at work a colleague brought me in a little sack and told me to pop it in the microwave, then place it on my shoulder and that should do the trick. I was a little baffled but as I was in so much pain that I was getting to the stage where I would have tried anything I was offered. She told me that the idea of the product is that it acts in the same way as a hot water bottle in that it would hopefully ease the pain somewhat.

                    After using the warmer I decided to purchase one myself and found one on Amazon for around £9.00 (if I remember rightly) which at first did seem like a lot to pay but as I said I would try anything to stop my pain. There were several colours available, I chose a natural colour as I planned to use it when I was at work and didn't think it appropriate to sit in the office with a lilac warmer on my shoulder!

                    A wheat warmer is basically a little sack that is filled with wheat and lavender grains, and approximately sized 18" x 5.5" which isn't overly big to rest on your painful area. One thing I would say is that it is a little heavy but not so much that it would cause you a problem or become uncomfortable when using it. The actual cover of the warmer is quite soft but almost cord like but like I say it does feel soft so again this makes it feel comfortable when using the product.

                    To use the warmer, you simply pop it in the microwave and warm up for around two minutes and then it is ready to use. I placed it on my shoulder as soon as it came out of the microwave and it was lovely and warm - of course if you heat it for longer it may be too hot to place directly onto the skin. When I found a comfortable position on my shoulder for the bag I noticed that within around fifteen minutes there was a slight ease to my pain and throughout the day it did seem to get easier. The warmer lasted for around five hours which I was quite surprised at, how much longer it would have last I am unsure but it kept on going until I left work so that was great!

                    The warmer does give off a scent which is said to be lavender but it just constantly reminded me of apple pie!!! That may well have been due to the fact that I was pregnant but one or two of my colleagues did agree so maybe I wasn't going completely mental! I did find the smell made me feel sick after a while but as it did help my pain I stuck with it for as long as I could.

                    Another way of using the warmer is to do the absolute opposite! You can place the sack in the fridge and then use it as a cold compress which my mum has done when my brother had a sprained ankle and their feedback on that was that it was great for that purpose also.

                    I would happily recommend the wheat warmer as it is a really good product, it is versatile, can be placed almost anywhere on your body as the grains just mould around the body. It really helped me with my shoulder pain and reduced the need for me to take painkillers while I was expecting my baby. For that reason I give the wheat warmer four stars, it has to lose one for the smell of apple pie!

                    Thank you for reading my review :)

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                      I suffer a lot with pains in my shoulders and neck area and someone bought me one of these Wheat Warmers to see whether it did any good.


                      The warmer measures about 5 inches across and is about 17 or 18 inches long and feels quite floppy and sort of heavy when you hold it. The outside is fleecey and feels nice and soft. The filling inside the bag is a mixture of wheat and lavender and it gives out a lovely smell even when it is cold.


                      You can heat up the wheat bag in the microwave which is what I do or you could put it on your radiator if you have one. I use the microwave and just put it on for a few seconds at a time and then check to make sure it is not getting too hot. When it is the right temperature you can take it out and drape it over where ever you have your aches and pains. I sit with mine around my neck or just over one shoulder or the other.


                      I find it does help for a bit like if I have been out for a while, my shoulders tend to get tensed up and start aching so when I get in the wheat bag will give instant warmth to the area which feels nice but it doesn't seem to take away the actual pain for me.


                      The smell when it is warmed up is not too bad, it is quite sweet and strong and my other hald doesn't really like the smell, said it reminds him of a bathroom smell, so I tend to use this when I am on my own. It is quite comforting especially now that the weather is getting colder.


                      If you have aches and pains then I would recommend you to get one of these. They are less than £10 to buy and would also make a good gift.

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                      One of the nicest and most effective wheat bags I have used

                      I purchased a Snowshill Wheat Warmer after visiting the Snowshill Lavender Fields in the Cotswolds. I am a big fan of lavender scents and find it an extremely soothing fragrance, and being an arthritis sufferer I thought this lavender infused wheat bag would be a good addition to my collection of self-help products.

                      Please note, the item you can see in the photograph above is the wheat bag I own but it is double the length as all bags are folded in half for ease of packaging and transportation. Once you have removed the cardboard sleeve, you will find your wheat bag measures roughly 18 inches long and 5 inches in width.

                      As I recall, the wheat bags were available in three colours; lavender, lilac and beige. All contain the same lavender/wheat filling and it really is just the colour which differs. I was impressed by this as the majority of wheat bags available tend to be colour coded by whatever their filling is, I chose the lilac shade as it was a little less vivid than the lavender bag - I also bought my daughter a beige one, which she absolutely adores.

                      The cover of the wheat bag is made of a gloriously soft fleece material, unfortunately it cannot be removed for washing which is a shame as this type of material does tend to pick up dirt rather quickly. I have found the odd mark or stain can be removed by gentle rubbing with a damp cloth, although my daughter is having more trouble keeping her lighter beige coloured wheat bag clean.

                      The bag is filled with a mixture of wheat and dried lavender grains. The scent is extremely impressive and is showing no sign of fading up to yet, this isn't exactly surprising as lavender products generally tend to keep their scent well. The smell, incidentally, is delightful. It is a fairly sweet lavender scent which permeates the air around me while I am sitting using the wheat bag, but it has a fresh fragrance which certainly doesn't feel intrusive. There is a perfect amount of filling in the wheat bag; when opened out the bag is fairly 'floppy' but not overly so, and this is excellent for draping over my painful knees when my arthritis flares up.

                      It feels rather like a bean bag of the type schools used to use as part of their PE lessons or sports day. I find the texture of the bag almost as soothing as the heat, which is largely due to the weight of the product as it is heavy enough to provide a 'binding' type of relief at the times I am having trouble with my arthritis.

                      There are two ways in which you can use this wheat bag, depending on the type of aches and pains you suffer from. You will probably mainly want to use it heated, and this is simply a case of popping it into the microwave for a few seconds or even draping it over a hot radiator to heat through. I don't have central heating but my daughter assures me this method works well, although you do have to remember to turn the wheat bag after a few minutes to ensure both sides are hot. I personally use the microwave, albeit with caution.

                      I have heard a number of horror stories regarding wheat bags of this type, where they have developed burning hot spots (and even set on fire in some instances) whilst in the microwave. This has obviously made me slightly nervous despite the fact that I have personally never had a problem with this, I tend to heat the wheat bag in increments of just a few seconds at a time until it is at the correct temperature for my skin and ailments.

                      Alternatively you can cool the bag down in the fridge and use it as a type of cold compress. This has come in useful on occasion for me as my regular medication leaves me susceptible to bruising at even the slightest knock or bang, and while the wheat bag doesn't especially stop the bruise from revealing itself it does help to take away the dull ache I am often left with. In my opinion the best way to chill the wheat bag is not to simply pop it in the fridge, as this will dampen the covering and make it uncomfortable to use. Instead, put the wheat bag inside a sealable food bag and then put that into an airtight container. This will cool the bag sufficiently but leave the cover dry to the touch, if a little icy feeling for the first few minutes.

                      I absolutely recommend this wheat bag to anyone. The number of uses are determined only by your own personal needs for the bag; I have used it successfully on my arthritic knees, ankles, shoulders and even sat with it draped around my neck recently during a trapped nerve incident. I have also begun using it to warm my bed in place of a hot water bottle before retiring for the night, the added advantage being the lavender scent which permeates my bedroom and helps to aid a restful nights sleep. I also suspect it would be useful for women suffering from period pains, or any type of deep rooted ache really - in fact, speaking to my daughter last night she informs me she has been using her wheat bag recently to soothe a painful wisdom tooth which cannot be removed until she has given birth in the new year.

                      This wheat bag costs £8.95 and can be purchased from Snowshill Lavender Field itself (incidentally, a day out that I heartily recommend), or alternatively from their online gift shop which can be found here: http://www.snowshill-lavender.co.uk/cm/shop/browse/?cid=13 Here you will have a choice of the different range of colours and there are also mini bags available which are suitable for more localised aches and pains, as well as being ideal for use as hand warmers.

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                        09.11.2010 14:12
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                        I have suffered with both menstrual pain and also back pain which I have been told by a Physio about ten years ago that it was simply my back was worn out which was quite a shock at thirty years of age. Although not completely debilitating it does tend to get stiff and heat treatment does seem to ease symptoms.

                        I have previously purchased water bottle from boots with a Grommit cover which was so thick it kept the bottle warm but didn't really let the heat escape.

                        I was purchased lavender Wheat pillow by a friend as a present and was delighted to receive. Mine is lavender in colour which not only suits the product but co ordinates with my bedroom. The pillow is 18x5.5 inches long so much longer than high.

                        The pillow is simply popped in the microwave with a cup of water to help the pillow retain its moisture and warmed for two minutes. I do tend to put mine on for an extra minute and I do like mine really hot but this is not really recommended although I have owned mine for nearly a year and it seems to have suffered no ill effects from over cooking. When removed from the microwave the aroma of lavender fills the air. I do tend to sit down on the sofa on an evening with it while watching the TV and I do find this seems to fit comfortably in the small of the back giving warming relief to my back. When suffering menstrual pain I tend to cuddle up on the sofa with it .The pillow does have a sofa fleecy cover which does have a nice comforting effect.

                        I do find this gives my some relief from my pains although I do tend to combine it with pain relief. IT is nice to take up to bed and cuddle but it does tend to cool through the night but unlike a hot water bottle that seems to go cold it just returns to normal temperature although if I do wake up and it has lost its heat I tend to simply throw it on the floor.

                        This is not machine washable but can be spot cleaned with a sponge although mine does not seem to have any marks on it. It also has another advantage that it can be wrapped in cling film and put into the freezer and applied to injuries which are not something I have needed to do so have no experience of how effective this is.

                        I love the Aroma of Lavender, which in itself is very relaxing and nearly a year later I do not feel it has particularly lost much of the aroma and has the bonus of relaxing as well as the heat benefits.

                        This is one gift that I have used regularly and can highly recommend it as a gift for someone you care about. I would also be much happier putting this is a child's bed for a bit of warmth as opposed to a hot water bottle. The Lavender wheat warmer which I own is £7.95 on Amazon with £3 shipping but it may be worth shopping around.

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                          03.11.2010 13:37
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                          I got one of these wheat bags for Christmas last year. I had a teddy bear one when I was little and loved it so I was really pleased with my wheaty gift. These wheat bags come in all sorts of designs these days but mine is a plain lavender colour. Although I don't have the packaging for mine now from what I recall it was the same or very similar to the Dooyoo picture which shows just a band of card round the folded bag with a lavender picture on it.

                          The Lavender Wheat Bag is a small bean bag style oblong cushion, but the filling is wheat and dried lavender flowers. The material cover is a very soft almost fleece like ,material. The wheat bag is not washable but if you do get it dirty it can be lightly sponged down.

                          To heat the wheat bag you simply pop it in the microwave for 2 minuets and that's it! The heat brings the lavender fragrance out and it smells gorgeous. Lavender had relaxing properties and I do find that the gentle fragrance from the wheat bag is lovely after a day at work. Of course in time the smell does fade but I can still smell the lavender in mine after nearly a year. The wheat bag stays warm for a good hour, especially if you have it under a cover.

                          There's nothing nicer, especially now its cold, than getting into a warm pair of jimmies snuggling up under a fleece and having the wheat bag across my shoulders. Its so comforting and relaxing. it's a little indulgence that wont add any calories!!

                          The wheat bag is also good for taking to bed or warming a child's bed. Its comforting if you don't feel well and its excellent for those dreaded period pains. Its perfectly safe and there's no boiling water involved like there is with a hot water bottle. My Mum struggles with taps and kettles due to arthritis so this is ideal for her. Its good for elderly people too.
                          My fiancé mark uses it sometimes for his many football injuries!

                          The wheat bag can be wrapped in cling film and placed in the freezer to be used as a cold pack. I personally haven't tried this so cannot comment as to how effective this would be.

                          I would really recommend the Lavender Wheat Bag, They can be found in lots of chemist shops and on Amazon, they are approximately £5 to £6.

                          I would say though, don't over heat them. If you do the wheat will burn and absolutely stink every him you use it. Stick to the 2 minuets as recommended, that will be perfectly warm enough.

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                          02.11.2010 15:56
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                          Safer than a hot water bottle - 5 out of 5 stars

                          Wheat Warmer Lavender


                          This is a product that I think everyone should own. I got my first one of these from my mum when she bought one for herself and loved it. I do use a hot water bottle from time to time, but I am a bit cautious over them as years ago one leaked over my Gran and left her with a nasty burn. This wheat warmer is ideal, it can be heated up so it is quite hot, but it won't be able to burn you like a hot water bottle could.


                          I use this for lots of things, when it's colder I heat it then sit it behind me on my office chair to give me a bit of warmth, I also use it to heat my bed at night time. It's really nice to use to heat your bed as I find the left over scent of lavender is really very relaxing.


                          As well as providing you with warmth these are also great for helping to treat any aches, pains, and period cramps. At least in my case I find that tummy cramps associated with menstruation really do benefit from having something hot placed on my stomach. This really does help relieve a bit of the pain, it won't cure anything, but it does help to make me feel that much better.


                          You don't need to leave it in the microwave for long to get it nice and hot. It does come with some instructions which are pretty straight forward. It is possible to overheat it and then you just need to leave it to cool for a couple of minutes until it is an ideal temperature.


                          When you touch this you will notice how soft it feels. It is really nice when placed next to your skin, especially to warn cold toes. It is also a decent enough size, measuring at 18 x 5.5 inches.


                          Mine looks slightly different from the one above as it is a cream colour. These can't be thrown in the washing machine and instead you have to rely on a bit of spot cleaning, if I would change anything about mine I would buy a darker colour. This cream is lovely but it is a lot harder to keep looking pristine.


                          The scent is very nice and it does last for a long time. I can still smell lavender from mine even though I have been using it regularly for quite a few months now, nearly most of a year.


                          If you are struggling for ideas for Christmas presents this year, then one of these would always be a nice idea. I am planning in getting one for my mother-in-law. These really aren't that expensive and they are usually available from places like John Lewis or good old trusty Amazon for around £8.


                          This gets a five out of five stars from me. It smells really nice but it can really help to ease any aches and pains as well as being cosy to snuggle up beside.

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                          Snowshill Lavender / Microwavable wheat and lavender leaf soothing body wrap.