Make Seed Bags to Ease Pain

A natural alternative to preventing and reducing muscular pain is to use seed bags. We'll tell you more today.
Make Seed Bags to Ease Pain
Maricela Jiménez López

Reviewed and approved by the doctor Maricela Jiménez López.

Last update: 26 May, 2022

Los dolores musculares son una molestia habitual entre aquellos que llevan un estilo de vida agitado y sobrecargado de tareas. Las malas posturas, el exceso de actividad física y el estrés son algunos de los factores que mantienen el cuerpo en tensión hasta provocar un dolor intenso. ¿Quieres aprender a hacer “saquitos” de semillas para ponerle alivio?

Muscular pain is a common discomfort. It can happen because of a difficult lifestyle or physical overexertion. Poor posture, too much physical activity, and too much stress make our bodies tense, which leads to intense. So, would you like to learn how to make seed bags to help speed relief?

This treatment is 100% ecological and natural and can be made at home with a variety of materials. Keep reading to find out how to make your own seed bags.

What are the benefits of seed bags?

A bag of quinoa.

Seed bags are just what you would expect from the name. They are small, soft cotton bags that are filled with seeds. Many different kinds of seeds can be used for them too.

According to the British Medical Journal, this invention is a derivative of therapeutic massage. Both hot or cold, seed bags help to reduce pain in joints, muscles, and other parts of the bod y.

Some of the most used are:

  • Flax
  • Wheat
  • Four O’Clocks
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Barley
  • Mint
  • Rice
  • Canary Grass
  • Sesame
  • Sunflower

The biggest advantage of these seeds is their size. Their size makes it possible for them to conform to any shape. This means they are always ready for use.

How do you make seed bags?

Some stores already offer these small bags for those with constant aches and pains. However, if you can sew, you can make them at home. This way, you can save money. You can also use recyclable materials and cheap seeds.


  • 1 piece of cotton fabric;
  • 1 needle;
  • Thread (any color you want);
  • Seeds or rice (the necessary amount).


  • To start, cut a piece of cotton cloth. Make sure it will stand up to being heated in the microwave. Since the idea is to save money, you can use old clothes. 
  • Choose the seeds you want to use: flax seeds, rice, chia seeds, or even garbanzo beans. After getting enough to fill your sack, put them to the side.
  • As an additional option, you can add aromatic herbs. This helps with the bag’s painkilling and calming properties.
  • Use the needle to sew a small bag. Leave an opening to put the seeds in.
  • If you are not able to sew, there is another option. Put the seeds in the middle of the cloth. Bring the four corners together and tie them.
  • Add the seeds to the fabric sac. Don’t fill it completely full. The bag shouldn’t be hard.
  • Sew the bag closed so that the seeds can’t get out. Then use the bag as a muscle-relaxing therapy.

Read also: Yoga for Back Pain

How to use the bags

A pouch of sesame seeds.
These bags can be used cold or hot. This allows them to treat the kind of pain you have.

Now, when understanding the function of seed bads, it’s also important to understand how different temperatures relieve different ailments. In fact, an article the appeared in Revista de Ciencias del Deporte in 2006 pointed to their use for relieving pain in athletes.

Hot seed bags

Microwave the bag for two minutes, which gives it time to heat up. The heat should last for half an hour. Make sure the bag isn’t too hot. Otherwise, you could burn yourself.

Use them for:

  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Cervical pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Stiff neck

Cold seed packs

Put the bag in the freezer. Let it cool for at least two hours. This allows the seeds to stay cold.

Put them on the sore areas. Keep the bag on the sore spot for around 20 minutes.

This treatment is useful for:

As you can see, this easy tool is a great option. It allows you to relieve one of the most common recurring symptoms. So, make your own seed bags and have them on hand any time you’re dealing with muscle pain, tension, etc.

However, remember that seed bags aren’t a substitute for your doctor’s recommendations and will only help to calm certain symptoms. Therefore, if problems persist or are intense, don’t forget to see your doctor to rule out more serious issues.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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  • Pal, Ajay & Khanum, Farhath & Bawa, Amarinder. (2010). Nutritional, Medicinal and Industrial Uses of Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) Seeds – An Overview. Agriculturae Conspectus Scientificus (ACS) ([email protected]); Vol.75 No.4. 75
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  • María Dolores Apolo Arenas, E López Fernández Argüelles, T Caballero Ramos (2006). Utilización de la termoterapia en el ámbito deportivo [Use of the termotherapy in the sport environment]. Revistas de Ciencias del Deporte.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.