This post features a DIY warming/cooling aromatherapy eye mask and has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TeaProudly #CollectiveBias
When I was in college, my mom had sent me a care package one year. One of the things included was a warm/cool lavender armomatherapy eye mask. That mask got me through a lot – from my first illness away from home to the stress of finals. Somewhere in the shuffle between a dorm-life and an apartment, that mask ended up lost. I’ve seen similar masks over the years, but they can be really pricey. When I happened upon these $1 sleeping masks at the craft store, I had an idea to try to make my own. Sure, you could sew your own eye mask, but you’re probably a) good at sewing and b) not lazy like me. I wanted to keep it simple and create something that I could have on hand for when I’m feeling under the weather.
Besides a soothing eye mask, I also love Bigelow Tea. Lemon Ginger is my go-to for when I’m feeling like sick. The mask plus the tea give you that warm, comforted feeling we all need with a bad head cold or flu. Tea is one of the most tried and true methods for helping bring relief. A hot cup of tea can help soothe a scratchy, sore throat and warm up an achy body. Add in a cooling or warming eye mask and you have relief!
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To make your aromatherapy sleeping mask, you’ll need a simple sleeping mask. You can find these anywhere and they are usually very inexpensive. Make sure that there are two layers sewn together, so that you can put in your own rice/lavender.
What You Need:
Essential Oils (Lavender, Eucalyptus)
Fragrant Lavender buds
Travel Sew Kit
Remove stitching and create a small gap in the stitch of the eye mask, you’ll sew this back up later. Make sure your funnel tip fits.
Heat oven to 300 degrees.
Add rice, lavender buds onto baking sheet lined with wax paper.
Add in 1-2 drops of each essential oil. Mix.
Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool
Use the funnel to pour into the mask – filling completely. Stitch up the opening.
Now you have a hot / cold mask for instant eye/congestion relief.
To heat: Since materials selected for your mask will differ, I’m going to recommend the safest method, which is to place the mask in a zip locking bag, squeeze all the air out and place into hot tap water. Allow to heat for 10 minutes.
To cool: Place in refrigerator or freezer to cool.
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