DIY Calming Aromatherapy Rice Heating Pad

Joint and muscle discomfort can be so frustrating!

Our DIY Calming Aromatherapy Rice Heating Pad is a game-changer. Not only is it easy to make, but it can be used for both heating and cooling purposes, providing soothing and comforting relief when you need it most. Plus, the addition of essential oils will help to calm and relax you for an even more enjoyable experience. Try it out for yourself and discover the wonders of this simple but effective rice heat pad.

What is a Heating Pad Used For?

Heating pads may be one of the most soothing additions to any wellness routine. These versatile tools are known for their ability to decrease pain and discomfort associated with muscular injuries. In fact, a 2014 research1 found that heating pads could help improve blood flow and decrease pain in individuals with such injuries.

However, heating pads are also beneficial for those looking to improve flexibility or muscle strength. They can even reduce swelling, making them a valuable tool for anyone looking to improve their physical wellness. 

What’s in This Homemade Rice Heating Pad?

Aromatherapy Pillow

Made from 100% cotton, this aromatherapy pillow is not only incredibly soft but also easy to use – simply insert the rice and close the zipper. So whether you’re looking to soothe stress, ease muscle tension, or just create a more relaxing atmosphere, this aromatherapy heat pad has got you covered.

Cypress Essential Oil

This fragrant oil boasts an herbaceous and fresh aroma that is sure to transport you to a place of calm. In fact, the scent of Cypress Essential Oil is so centering, that it’s often used in meditation practices. When infused into a rice heating pad, Cypress Essential Oil is the perfect tool for achieving total relaxation.

Cotton Balls

By adding your favorite essential oils to cotton balls and inserting them into a heated pad, you can create a soothing atmosphere that promotes relaxation and melts away stress. This simple yet effective method can bring a sense of calm to any wellness routine.


Rice provides a comforting weight and also keeps the pad heated for longer periods of time. However, if you don’t have any rice on hand, you can also use other similar items such as flaxseed, dried beans, boiled and dried cherry pits, corn, or dried lentils.

Things to Remember When Using This Recipe

Always dilute an essential oil when using it on the skin. This essential oil recipe is unlikely to cause skin irritation when diluted properly. If the oil has been oxidized (left with the cap off for long periods of time) it is more likely to cause skin irritation. Check out this dilution chart for diluting this essential oil properly. 

Some essential oil recipes are not generally safe to use if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor prior to use.

This recipe is safe to use with kids aged 2+.

For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post

For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post

We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils check out this blog post

*Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor. The statements given in this blog post have not been verified by the FDA

Calming Aromatherapy Rice Bag Recipe

DIY Calming Aromatherapy Rice Heating Pad

Time: 2 min
Dilution Rate: n/a
Estimated Shelf Life: 1 year
Yield: 1 rice bag


  • Aromatherapy pillow

  • 25 drops Cypress Essential Oil

  • ~2½ cups rice

  • 5 cotton balls


  • Unzip the pillow lining, fill ¾ full with rice, and seal closed with a zipper.
  • Place the aromatherapy rice bag in the microwave and heat for 1 minute. Continue to heat the rice bag in 30-second intervals until the desired heat is reached.
  • Add essential oils to cotton balls (5 drops per ball). Place cotton balls inside the aromatherapy rice bag.
  • To use, apply to the affected area for soothing relief. To reuse, remove cotton balls and reheat them. Reapply essential oils to cotton balls as needed for the desired aroma.


  • Tip: You can also freeze this aromatherapy rice bag for cooling relief.
  • When you microwave the rice pillow, any essential oils inside the pillow will evaporate. This is why the oils are added separately to the cotton balls. This also makes it easy to swap the essential oils with your desired choice. Simply switch out the cotton balls.

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  1. Gerard A. Malanga, Ning Yan, Jill Stark. Mechanisms and efficacy of heat and cold therapies for musculoskeletal injur. 2014 Sep