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April 12, 2004

Soothing Eye Pillows
Jennifer Tanner, Esthetician

You can make soothing eye pillows, by sewing together a few rectangles of fabric and filling with your choice of herbs and grains. Here are a few ideas:

Rice or buckwheat hulls or flax seeds are good grains to use when you need to add a little weight to the eye pillow. Oats are good for when you need to also add essential oils; they absorb the oil so it won't stain the fabric.
If these will be pillows you use frequently you can make them out of basic muslin and then sew an additional pillowcase that can be removed and cleaned. Or you can put a zipper on the end of your pillow so you can remove the filling and wash the outside.
You can also fill cotton socks and knot the end.

It's-been-a-long-day eye pillow:
Use a silky material for a pillow that will feel cool on the eyes, use a velvety material for a soft, fuzzy pillow.

Fill with your choice of lavender, chamomile, rose or calendula and rice or flaxseeds or buckwheat hulls. Add essential oil of lavender, rose, chamomile or any other of your choice. Pillow will be about 4 1/2 by 8". Sew the rectangle by machine or hand leaving one end open. Fill with herbs and grains until weighs about 7 ounces or is about 3/4 of the way full. Be sure to grind any sharp flowers or herbs before filling to avoid poking yourself in the eyes. The idea here is to relax. Squeezing the pillow should revive the scent if it starts to fade; slightly crushing the flowers releases essential oils.

Zingy Peppermint Eye Pillow:
Same directions as lavender eye pillow except use peppermint leaves, half oats scented with peppermint, bergamot and orange essential oil, halfheavier grain. If you have a headache or are feeling lethargic this is great. Can be chilled in the freezer in a baggie until cool for added headache relief.

Jennifer Tanner - Esthetician

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