This microwavable heating pad is specialized to be comfortable when laying on top of it. It works well for the hip area, lower back or upper back. It is also nice to drape over the knees, abdomen, or hips. The weight of it reminds me of the heavy aprons that are draped over you during an X-ray. The weight is approximately 3 pounds, and the measurements are approximately 14 inch long by 11 inch wide. There are 3 sections in this pillow for the flaxseed. The fabric is Organic cotton duck canvas by Cloud9 Fabrics. These pillows are packaged in a clear biodegradable bag with heating instructions.
About Organic cotton:
~ Cotton grown with non-GMO seeds means seed freedom for farmers in an industry plagued by suicides associated with GMO seed crops http://www.itvs.org/films/bitter-seeds
~ Cotton is grown in Organic soil with no pesticide sprays
~ Warp fibers stabilized using double plying or non-toxic cornstarch
~ Safe peroxide is used for whitening
~ No formaldehyde used in processing
~ Low impact fiber reactive dying process or natural pigmenting with no heavy metals such as lead
Care, Instructions and Precautions for Flaxseed Pillows by Aquarian Bath
Pillow Care: Store your pillow in a cool dry place away from animals. If you are using your pillow as a cold pack and storing it in the freezer, be sure that it warms up to room temperature and is completely dry before switching to use it as a heat pack in the microwave. For single layer pillows, spot clean with damp towel soap and water or oxygen cleaner. Allow to dry completely before using again.
Warming your pillow: Microwaves have different power levels ranging from 500 - 1650 Watts, or higher in commercial units. 1-2 minutes of heating is a guideline, but consider heating for a lower time period if you have a very powerful microwave (see cautions). When warming your pillow place it in the center of the microwave so that it does not touch the microwave wall and it can rotate during warming. If your microwave does not have a rotating tray, then stop half way through microwaving, shake the pillow, reposition and continue heating. This is to avoid scorching from hot spots in the microwave. The microwave must be clean, because food and oil may also create hot spots.
Cautions: Flaxseed and herbs are natural materials that can burn when overheated. If you overheat a flaxseed pillow, it could result in burned flax seeds, damage to the fabric, or fire. Use less microwave time when reheating already warm pillows. Staying near the microwave during heating is recommended. Keep your pillow clean from oil to avoid creating hot spots that could lead to burning in the microwave. Keep your pillow clean from metal debris; a tiny iron filing or metal shard stuck to the pillow or inside the pillow cover could create a fire in your microwave.