Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Warmables Hot and Cold Pack [Review]

Heating pads have become my favorite natural remedy for back pain and shoulder tension. Carrying around a toddler plus the stress of a sleep regression gone crazy, my back and shoulders are crying out for some relief. Warmables natural heating pads offers a natural and eco-friendly solution for pain relief. Reused cherry pits are the main component in Warmables heating pads.

Body Warmer Heating Pad              ($26.00)
Rating: total green check marks out of 5.

Warmables Coupon Code: KEEPWARM ($5.00 off on orders in the hot and cold pack category, excludes sale items, expires 10/31/14)

The Good
The Not So Good
Hot and cold therapy uses
Fabric is on the thinner side
Great for pressure massaging

Warmables hot and cold packs are pretty simple - used cherry pits inside a cotton cover. The pack that I received had cotton flannel on one side and cotton knit on the other.

The hot and cold pack came just in time! I hurt my lower back the day right before a race. As I was picking up my race packet and feeling sharp pain in my lower back, I decided to get home and put the Warmables hot and cold pack to use. I heated up the pack in the microwave, 1 minute at a time, until it reached the desired heat level. It took about 2.5 minutes total time to get to a good heat level, but not be so hot that it burned my skin. Warmables recommends heating one minute at a time to prevent the cherry pits from burning. Giving the pack a shake will help to distribute the heat during the heating process.

I loved that the cherry pits got hot fairly quickly because that is what my lower back needed. I had to be careful with putting the pack directly on my skin when I first took it out of the microwave oven. I laid it over my shirt. I really enjoyed the heat radiating into my skin. I felt that the cherry pits kept the heat very well. After about 5-10 minutes, I turned the heating pad over to get a few more minute of heat.

After doing the heat treatment, I noticed improvement in my low back pain. I ended up doing the treatment three times and my lower back pain improved by 90%. I had a successful run the next day.

I have also used Warmables Hot and Cold Pack on my shoulders. The pack that I received covered one shoulder, but Warmables does sell biggest packs and packs that are made just for shoulders. I like the versatility of this size and will use it on other body parts.

The pack can also be used for cold therapy. Chill in the freezer for a few hours in a plastic bag, for protection.

I love that the heating pad cover is made from cotton fabric and is filled with cherry pits. What a great way to reuse cherry pits and provide good heat for natural pain relief. I could like to see the fabric be thicker to avoid burning the skin when really heating up the pack. I worry that the fabric could get dirty. A removable and washable cover would be a great bonus!

If you are looking for natural pain relief through heat or cold, Warmables Hot and Cold Packs are a great solution. Warmables also offers packs in many different sizes. Aside from using the microwave or the freezer to warm up/cool down, Warmables packs with cherry pits use absolutely no electricity. The versatility and ability to achieve a high heat level make Warmables hot and cold packs a required staple in any house.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are my own.

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