How To Make An Anti-Stress Eye Pillow

An eye pillow is an ideal way to rejuvenate tired or irritated eyes, soothe migraines, relieve stress, and remedy insomnia. An eye pillow is perfect for blocking out light and the gentle weight on the eyes aids relaxation and reduces tension.

The pillow could not be easier to make.  You can make it as plain or as luxurious as you like. All you need is a small amount of fabric. Satin and velvet are wonderful for eye pillows or you could even use an old silk tie (pieced together to make it wide enough) or an old linen pillow case.

Cut two pieces of fabric 5” by 11”.  This will allow you to sew ½” seams so your finished eye pillow will be 4” by 10”. Simply place the two pieces of fabric with the right sides together and sew around the two long sides and one of the short sides. Then turn the fabric so the right side is out and fill the pillow loosely. Turn in the seam allowance on the second short end and machine stitch or hand stitch it closed.  If you are an experienced sewer you may want to insert a small zipper along one side in case you would like to wash and refill your eye pillow. 

Fill for your eye pillow:  Flaxseed  is a very common filler and is perfect for those that are sensitive to scent. Some people prefer rice, buckwheat or dried split peas. All of these can be found in your local grocery store, in bulk at your health food store or online at stores such as Experiment with the fill mixture for your eye pillow.  Try adding different herbs or combinations of herbs. A couple of the most popular additions are dried lavender or chamomile flowers.  The lavender and chamomile can be left whole, but you can also grind it finer using a food processor, mortar and pestle or spice grinder. (Do not grind flax seed.)  Lavender is known for its antidepressant qualities and it is good for relieving stress, insomnia and headaches.  Chamomile is relaxing and calming. Other additives you might want to try are jasmine, dried rose petals, dried peppermint leaves, spearmint, rosemary, or sage. Dried herbs can be found in bulk at many grocery and natural foods stores or online.

For your first eye pillow try using 1 cup of flaxseed or 1 cup of flaxseed plus ¼ to ½ cup of dried lavender. Use a funnel to insert the filling into the opening at the top of the pillow. Don't overfill the pillow. You want to use enough filler to keep the pillow draped over your eyes, but not so much that the weight is annoying.
When your eye pillow is finished you are ready to pamper yourself! You may want to cool it in the freezer for an hour or two (in a storage bag to keep it dry) or heat it in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds for a different experience.  Lean back; relax; and retreat from the pressures of modern life.  

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