We had homemade hamburgers tonight and we were oohing and ahhing through dinner. I just don't make them very often. In fact, I cheated and got grass fed/finished premade Kolbe patties. I thought it was a lot to spend for one meal (2 big patties that we split between 4 of us) but it was less than 1/2 than it would've cost at the cheapest hamburger drive-thru - including sprouted hamburger buns. Even though we split each patty good meat seems to fill us up more so we need less... So don't get discouraged! :)
Today we made 6 different eye and sinus pillows. After reading and watching many tutorials I ended up just making my own measurements that fit within the fat quarters that I had. Each fat quarter is enough to make 2 pillows and 2 matching covers or 4 pillows.
Versions that we made:
- Lavender eye pillow [millet, lavender buds, lavender essential oil][another one using flax seed instead of millet]
- Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint (the "allergy bomb") sinus pillow [one with millet and one with flax seed]
- A blend with eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender and other essential oils for sinus relief. [one with millet and one with flax seed]
Instructions for 1 eye or sinus pillow:
Cut 2 pieces of fabric (I used cotton and the scent came out very well when it was finished)
For a finished pillow 3-1/2 x 8-1/2, cut 2 pieces 4 x 9.
- Pin with right sides together. Pin 3 sides leaving a short side open. Sew using a 1/4 inch seam.
- Turn right-side out.
- Scoop 1 C filler into a bowl and mix in the oils thoroughly (I used millet for some pillows and flax seed for others but I used the same amount). Pour into the pillow. If it is too full then it won't be pliable enough to fall across the eyes properly.
- Add 2 spoonfuls of lavender buds or other botanicals if adding any herbs or other botanicals.
- The general rule of thumb that I followed was 10 drops of essential oil when using a single oil (such as the lavender pillows) or a premade blend. For the lavender/lemon/peppermint pillow I used 4 lavender drops, 6 lemon drops, and 6 peppermint drops.
- Tuck in the edge from the open side and pin closed. I sewed over this edge twice; one seam at 1/4 inch and another at 1/8 inch.
As DD was mixing and filling she exclaimed, "My ears just popped!" She gets seasonal allergies and had been stuffy and yucky. It helped her clear up right away! :)
Plastic absorbs so we used ceramic bowls and stainless steel spoons. We had to use a plastic funnel but, I guess because the oil didn't sit in it, it didn't seem to absorb any of the essential oils.
For some reason, when I smell lavender I feel like I am immediately detoxing. I had to drink 3 full glasses of water while filling and sewing up the lavender pillow!
After the first batch I just stuck with organic millet for subsequent batches. The millet seems to absorb the oils better. However, I had a customer come to the table who was actually allergic to millet, so the flax I had was a great alternative for her.
I eventually made some plain millet ones as well. One can drop the essential oils along the outside. I do this with the small pillow diffusers and it works fine.
I plan on using a peppermint one for my next migraine and see how effective it is for the really bad headaches!