It is easy to make herbal eye pillows and they make great gifts. They help you to relax, soothe stress or relieve headache. Some people like to wear them to aid sleep.
My favorite online shop for high quality, organic herbal ingredients is Mountain Rose Herbs.
Stitch two 8-inch by 5-inch rectangles of a soft fabric such as satin, flannel or unbleached organic cotton fabric together, leaving one end open. Chose your favorite color or fabric design. Create an eco-friendly pillow by recycling an old tee-shirt, or pillow case for the fabric.
In a small bowl, blend 1 cup of flaxseeds with 1 cup each of dried English lavender, chamomile and peppermint.
Add the herbal mix to the fabric bag and sew closed.
Lie down; place the pillow gently over eyes for 15-20 minutes. Breathe and relax.
Discontinue use of the pillow if it becomes wet or damp, but don’t throw it away. Tear open the pillow and compost the herbs inside. Hang dry the fabric then re-use it for dusting or cleaning.
First decide how big you’re going to make your bag. Estimate the quantity of needed materials based on the size and of bags you want to make.
rice or buckwheat
microwave-safe cloth material. Create an eco-friendly pack by recycling old clothes or sheets for the outer material.
needle and/or sewing machine
(optional) 2-3 tbs. loose aromatic herbs such as lavender, rose or chamomile. H.S.U. recommends purchasing high quality, organic herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs online.
Cut two equally sized pieces of material. Align inside-out and sew or stitch all sides, leaving a two to three inch hole in one side only. Fold the material right-side-out. Find the hole and pour in rice (or buckwheat) until two thirds full. If you’re adding herbs, do it now. Make sure the receiver of the bag is not allergic to the herbs you selected. Sew the hole shut.
Safety Info: Attach a tag with these heating instructions.
To heat bags, microwave them for one to two minutes only, shake the bag, repeat if it is a large bag (needs another 2 minutes).
To chill store in freezer.
Use for 20-minutes at a time. 20-minutes on, 20-minutes off.
People with sensitive skin should place a towel between skin and bag.
Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac., Herbalist, Author, Creator of HealthyStuffU.com
Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
32 Union Square EAST, Suite 615N
New York, NY 10003