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                                                 Make Your Own  Herbal Eye Pillow

   Below  are instructions on how to create an eye pillow and it's a fun project.  My two cents, discounted to it's actual worth, maybe 1 cent, is I would not put the herbs themselves into the pillow but would place them in an oversize tea bag. Rather than sew shut the end of the pillow I would use velcro so the pillow can be opened, replenished and reused.
   The reason for a tea bag is now the actual cloth does not stain as easy, you can remove the herbs and change the tea bag with other herbs enhancing the life of the eye pillow as well as changing the fragrance.  There are several herbs used for relaxation besides the below and you can change the ratios as some folks enjoy more of Herb A and less of Herb B so you end up with a customized gift. 
   If you give away the Eye Pillow then you can give a new "Tea Bag" of herbs throughout the year for your friend to replenish their personalized gift. 
   Anyway hope you enjoy making.  Have fun. 
Herbanite Bob
Make Your Own Eye Pillow

by Rosalee de la Foret

Lavender eye pillows are simple to make, yet luxurious to receive. I have been making lavender eye pillows for my friends and family for years and they are always appreciated.

It's been reported back to me that lavender eye pillows have helped people sleep better and reduce tension headaches.

I like using lavender eye pillows to take a restful break during the day, and I also like to place them in my pillow case at night so I can be relaxed by the soothing fragrance even if the pillow isn't over my eyes.

To make lavender eye pillows you'll need:

  • Fabric cut to 8.5" X 8.5" (I like silks and satins, but soft cotton, flannel, and knit also works great.)

  • Matching thread

  • 3⁄4 cup of flax seed

  • 1⁄4 cup of dried herbs (My favorite blend is one part lavender to 1⁄2 part chamomile and 1⁄2 part wormwood. There are more herb suggestions at the end of the article.)

  • Sewing machine (optional) Lavender eye pillows can easily be sewn by hand as well. The added time in making them assuredly means a more valued gift.

To begin cut your fabric to a desired length and width. I like anywhere from 8 - 9 inches.

If you are working with a fabric that frays easily sew a zig zag stitch around the entire fabric.

Next, fold the fabric in half with the "wrong side" of the fabric facing out. Sew along three sides of the fabric, leaving the top open.

Now, fold the eye pillow inside out so that the right side, or pretty fabric is facing out. Fill this with ¾ cup flax seed. The flax seed adds weight to the pillow helping to relieve tension around the eyes.  You may need to work with the amount of flax seeds if you are using different fabric measurements.

 Next, you can add about a 1⁄4 cup of dried herbs.

There are so many fragrant herbs to place in your eye pillow.

  • Straight lavender smells beautifully and is a very relaxing herb. 

  • Chamomile is also known for it's relaxing qualities.

  • Wormwood is used for vivid dreams.

  • Sage and Eucalyptus can be used for clearing sinuses.

  • Rose petals are certainly delightful.

  • You can also use essential oils for fragrance, however I find that when I use good quality herbs my pillows stay fragrant for years without essential oils.

  • My favorite blend is mostly lavender with a pinch of chamomile and wormwood. The smell is complex and soothing.

 Once your eye pillow is filled, fold the un-sewn edges in and sew along the edge to close the eye pillow

Et voila, a beautiful eye pillow that your friends and family will love to receive this holiday season.

Herbal Gifts is a an excellent eBook by Rosalee de la Foret, author of the article above.

In this eBook, Rosalee covers...

  • Herbal Honey using many types of herbs, including rose hips!

  • Syrups

  • Cordials

  • Sorbets

  • Herbal tea blends

  • Bee pollen candy

  • Herbal chai blend recipe

  • Flavored butters

  • Seaweed cookies

  • Bath balls

  • Bath salts

  • Facial Masks

  • Sachets & Pillows

  • LOTS more...

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