Homemade Heat Packs with Essential Oil tutorial with Young Living

Homemade Heat Packs with Essential Oil

A while ago I blogged about my “famous” Homemade Heat Packs with Essential Oil that I created.  They started selling like crazy and many wanted to know exactly how to make them.  Well, here you go!  :)  I promise, they’re REALLY easy if you know the basics of a sewing machine.


  • Old Fashion Oats
  • Essential Oil (peppermint is preferred)
  • Sewing Machine
  • two different colors of Fabric
  • Thread

First of all, these heat packs take about one week to complete; the reason for this is because you have to let the Essential Oil of your choice (I use Peppermint because it smells amazing and is calming) soak in the oats for about 5-7 days.  So I just take a container of oats, they don’t have to be expensive, (I normally buy the generic store brand), add about 10-15 drops of essential oil to the container; shake it up well to mix in the oil; and put the lid back on and let it sit for about a week.

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When the oats have sat and are extremely fragrant (almost too strong to smell), then it’s time to sew the heat pack.  :)

I make two sizes of heat packs, so when I created this tutorial, I was making one of each size.

  • The large heat packs are 18″ x 5.5″.
  • The small heat packs are 9″ x 5.5″.

Start out with two different colors of fabric and cut them according to the sizes above (depending on which size you’re making.

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Next, pin the two fabrics together, right sides facing each other.

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Next, sew around the outside of the two fabrics, but leave one end open.  After you have sewn the edges, trim off any excess fabric.

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Then pull the fabric through the open end and sew the edge one more time to make a double seam around the whole heat pack; but again, DO NOT sew the open end closed.

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Next, pour in about 3.5 cups of essential oil oats into the open end of the heat pack.

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Next, fold down the open edge and sew it closed.  I tend to sew the edge about two times to make sure it’s sealed and does not come open.

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This is what your closed end should look like!

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That’s it!  :)  See, I told you it wasn’t so bad.

When you want to use the heat pack, just throw it the microwave for about 30 seconds (at a time) until the desired temperature has been reached.  Then sit back, and enjoy!  :)  I honestly love these heat packs for headaches.  A couple of “treatments” and my headache is normally gone.


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  • Yvonne

    Great idea. Hope I can remember your post next fall when I start thinking about Christmas presents.

    • I hope so too because they make great gifts! :-)

  • Love this idea! We use something called a bed buddy which is similar but I like the idea of being able to personalize them so much better than the boring old white one.

  • I make mine with rice, but I do think that oatmeal would absorb the essential oils better.

    • Even when the oil smell dies off, the oatmeal smell is nice. :-)

  • Stefanie W

    What a great idea. I'm always needing heat for various aches and pains, and this sounds like a fun and easy project! Visiting from the Domestic Superhero link party :)

  • I love the fabrics that you used for this! Super fun :) Sometimes you just need some down time. I love the shape of this too so you can really get it to where you are hurting. Perfect! I just pinned this darlin' :) Have a wonderful day. Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  • Awesome tutorial!

    I would love for you to share this and link up to my TGIF Link Party! The party is opens Thursday evening and closes at midnight on Wednesday night. Who knows, you just might be featured next week!


    Hugs, Cathy

  • Bet they smell (and feel ) great! Never heard of using oats…I use rice or dried corn or buckwheat. I also make small pocket sized ones for cold morning walks to keep hands warm :)

    • I love the oat smell!! :-)

  • Bei Bei C

    Love this post… Will give this a try… Following via bloglovin from the Friday Chaos Blog hop. Have a good day. :-)

  • I love this! I use one every day. I'm pinning this! Thanks for linking up to Give Me The Goods Monday! Can't wait to see what you link up next party ;)
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

  • Michelle@yagottahave

    I bought fabric to make heat/cold packs a couple of months ago and never got around to it! Thanks for reminding me–your tutorial will help me so much! They're the only thing that helps my sister and I when we get our horrible migraines. :(


    • They definitely DO help…I've gotten more headaches the older I've gotten and it is the only thing that helps. :)

  • Using oats is new to me :-) Thank you for sharing this great post at our All My Bloggy Friends party !

    • Since I've used oats, I'll never use anything else. :)

  • These heat packs are such a great idea! Thank you for sharing at our Simply Create Link Party! I can't wait to see what you link up next week, Jess.

  • Your heat packs are so great … I featured them tonight at the Project Inspire{d} link party!

    • Thanks so much for the feature! :)

  • what a genius idea, jessi!!! :)

  • Have you made any with Lavender Essential Oil? Lavender is so soothing. It puts me right to sleep. I put dried lavender in a sachet, slide it inside my Heat Wrap cover and micro for 2 minutes. (Mine has either rice or flax inside it.) Just lovely. :)

    • I actually have not due to lavender not exactly being a scent I like, however maybe I’ll try that and give it to my mother who does enjoy lavender! :)

  • Deb

    I’ve never heard of oats being used. How did you decide to use that? I really like the idea as long as the oat stuffed heat pack can last as long as the rice one. I use them every day. Thanks for the new idea! I have always hated the smell of the rice after it’s heated.

    • You should try oats, because they smell just amazing. :) And trust me, they do stay warm…and can tend to get too warm if you learn the pack in the microwave too long.

  • LizzyJ

    How many cups of oats do you start out with? And did it make two heat packs or only one? With the essential oil is 10-15 drops only for one heating pack or would that be enough for more? Oats is a great idea and I think that they would be great! They would also soak up the essential oil better than rice!

    • I put 10-15 drops into 1 container of oats and let it sit for a day or 2.

      For this one heatpack measurement, I think I used about 2 cups of oats…depending on how firm you like the pack. You’ll have enough Oats left to make more packs. :)

  • Julie

    I make the heat packs using muslin, then sew a colorful washable sleeve to put them in. I just sew one end of the sleeve open. You just have to make the sleeve wider than the heat pack. I love the idea of oatmeal and essential oils instead of rice!

  • dinky01

    Awesome Idea, I have made these with rice, but never thought of oats and rice doesn’t smell the greatest when heated. Thanks for sharing.

  • I love this! I ve done it before with rice but the rice smells like, well, rice. I bet the oats are better. How many time can they be reheated and still smell and work?

    • I had made one for my sister and mother about 2-3 years ago and they seem to still be going strong. Now the Peppermint isn’t as smelly anymore, but just sprinkle a few drops on the pack every now and then and you’ll be OK. :)

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