Lavender Eye Pillow

Our last Therapy Thursday for stress and anxiety relief is a DIY Lavender Eye Pillow for Headache Relief by Joybilee Farms. This is a bit more work than my previous recipes but I think everyone should have one particularly coming up to winter as these can be heated in the microwave or frozen for instant relief.

What you'll need: 1/4 of a fat quarter (or a piece of firm cotton 9 x 11 inches) 1 1/2 cups of whole flax seed, rice, buckwheat, or other whole grain. (don’t use popcorn, though, ah hmmm.) 2 tablespoons dried lavender or other dried herbs 6 drops lavender essential oil 6 drops peppermint essential oil Thread that matches OR contrasts to you fabric

Directions Fold the fabric in half, right sides together, to make a 4 1/2 inch by 11 inch rectangle. Pin and sew the fabric along the long edge and one of the short edges. Turn bag right side out. Press the seam edges. Using your sewing machine seam guide as a guide, sew two straight seams on the right side of the bag, 1 1/2 inches from the each edge, along the long side, to within a half inch of the unsewn short edge. Leave this unsewn. This will create 3 channels in the bag. In a small bowl add 1 1/2 cups of rice, flax seed, buckwheat, or other grain with the dried lavender and optional essential oils. I like using flax seed because the oil in the flax seed seems to retain heat longer than the moisture in rice or buckwheat. Using a funnel or an empty toilet paper roll, placed in each channel you’ve sewed into the bag, fill each channel in the bag firmly with the herbs and grain mixture. Leave 1/2 inch at the top of the bag empty. Use the handle of a wooden spoon to firmly pack the filling into each channel. Fold over the top of the bag 1/4 inch twice to make a firm and secure closure. Pin the seam into place. Hand sew this seam using a whip stitch. Done! 30sec in microwave to warm or 1-2hrs in freezer to cool

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