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Lavender Eye Pillow

Enjoy calm, restful sleep every night with this aromatherapy pillow. It's lavender scent helps to deepen relaxation and alleviate stress. 

lavender sprigs on eye pillow

Photography: Anusha Rajeswaran

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

This idea comes from our friend Anusha Rajeswaran of Fish and Bull. Filled with lavender and flax seeds, this aromatherapy pillow can be used to reduce stress during restorative yoga, meditation, or to relax before bed. It can be chilled in the refrigerator or warmed up in the microwave to provide instant relief for headaches, pains, and tired eyes. To clean, wipe the fabric with a damp cloth. Similar to a weighted blanket, pillow is placed over your eyes when you lie on your back.

 

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materials

  • Organic golden flax seeds

  • Dried lavender

  • Soft linen fabric, 5 1/2 by 10 inches

  • Scissors

  • Straight pins

  • Sewing machine and supplies

  • Measuring tape

  • Lavender essential oil (optional)

steps

  1. Combine 2 cups flax seeds and 1 tablespoon dried lavender in a bowl.

    combining dried lavender and flax seed in a bowl
  2. Add 2 to 3 drops lavender essential oil; set aside.

    adding lavender essential oil to bowl of dried lavender and flax seed
  3. Measure and cut a piece of fabric that measures 5 1/2 by 10 inches. This will allow you a 1/2-inch seam allowance on all sides. Pin the fabric right sides together along the sides and bottom.

    pinning fabric of lavender eye pillow
  4. Sew the bottom and sides of the sleeve, leaving the top seam open.

    sewing bottom and sides of lavender eye pillow
  5. Carefully pour the dry ingredients into the pillow. (Tip: you can use a funnel to make it easier.) Shake all of the ingredients to the bottom.

    pouring flax seed and dried lavender into eye pillow pouch
  6. Pin the top closed and top stitch on a sewing machine.

    pinning and sewing top of lavender eye pillow

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