Sarah Mott, president of Nurse Born Products, contacted me recently requesting that I review her cherry pit heat and cold pad. I, unfortunately, suffer from a C5/C6 cervical neck injury, so this product couldn't have been more appealing to me. I readily agreed.
A few days ago, I received the package in the mail with an extra large (5" by 26") and travel size cherry pit heat and cold pad. I had never heard of using cherry pits in this way before. For the past 4 years, I have been using the Sunbeam heating pad multiple times a day to manage my neck and upper back pain.
The very first thing I noticed upon opening the package was the strong but pleasant smell of cherry pie. I am not kidding! This pad smells exactly like a warm cherry pie. I absolutely loved the scent.
Once I got over the delicious smell (and wondering if I could convince my mom to bake a cherry pie over Christmas), I saw that Sarah had tied the pads up in pretty ribbon and included a hand-made tag that tells the history of the healing properties of cherry pits. I really appreciate these festive details. It makes the product so much more personal.
I have been using this product for the past few days and have absolutely ZERO complaints. I am actually sitting here right now with the extra large pad slung over my shoulder.
I put the large pad in the microwave for 3.5 minutes. It gets very amazingly hot: hotter than my electric Sunbeam heating pad. When you take it out of the microwave it smells strongly of cherry pie and feels slightly damp (not damp enough to get your clothes wet in any way).
For me, the pad stays hot enough for about 10-15 minutes before I need to re-microwave it. Having used only electric heating pads in the past, I like how I can just pop it back in the microwave to reheat it, rather than wait for my electric heating pad to cool down and then heat back up again.
The other night I also stuck the extra large pad in the freezer for about 3 hours. I then draped it across my knees after i finished working out. It worked well as a cold pack too, but it wasn't quite as cold as the frozen vegetables I normally use.
Besides the super delicious smell, another unique thing about the cherry pit pad is the shape. It is 5 by 26 inches, which makes it a great shape for reaching hard-to-get-to muscles. I suffer from terrible radicular pain in my upper left back, left shoulder, and down my left arm. I was able to position this product in all different ways to reach my pain. It worked great!
One thing I always worry about when purchasing a heat pack is will this get hot enough for me? The cherry pit pad will absolutely get hot enough for you. Last night I heated mine up for 3.5 minutes, draped it across my shoulder and down my arm, and fell asleep within minutes. And, BONUS, I didn't have to neurotically worry about a fire from my electric heating pad.
All in all, I think this is a great product. If you need a heat or cold pack, this might be something to try, especially if you like the smell of fresh cherry pie.
So, in conclusion, if you like the smell of cherry pie and you have some hard to reach muscle pain, this might be the perfect product for you. And it is made by a fellow nurse; how cool is that?
Please feel free to email me with questions, and explore Sarah's website www.nurseborn.com. Happy happy holidays everyone!