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Home-made, organic alternative to a hot-water bottle. Based on our Cochin Chinese bantam Snowy, I designed and made this from what I had available -- a remnant of organic percale, left over from a sheet  and the certified organic chicken grain I feed to our poultry. I have provided a link below for organic fabric and you can use all kinds of different sorts of grain. The heat/cold pad moulds to the body to relieve aches and pains from sports, dance and general injuries.

Organic Fabric Suppliers I use -- if you know of any others please let me know.

Greenfibres, Totnes, Devon ,UK.  http://www.greenfibres.com/pages/default.aspx  - they also sell an organic undyed unbleached  flannel, which would do really well.
La Cantata du chanvre, 25000 Besançon, France.  http://www.cantate-du-chanvre.com

How I heat the warmer -- in our woodburner at 150 deg C (approx 300F) for 15 minutes. I turn it several times and I cover it with baking paper to prevent any possible damage to embroidery.
To use as a cold pad, freeze the Snowy warmer in a plastic bag for 3 hours and make a soothing treatment pad for sprains and bruises.

There are many sites on the internet telling how to microwave and heat wheat warmers in a conventional oven. As I have no experience of these it is better to consult them.
Music: Sonny's Mazurka: http://www.archive.org/details/rainy_night_in_the_bell_tent

Chauffée comme ici à cuisinière à bois, ou au four traditionnel ou à micro-ondes, la bouillotte Snuggly Snowy aux grains bio vous procure la bien-être et relaxation, décontracte les muscles et apaise les douleurs. Mise au congel (3 heures) vous pouvez l'utiliser aussi comme compresse froide.
Very col!
Thanks, much appreciated! Best Wishes from Basse-Normandie, Pavlovafowl aka Sue

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