DIY central! I love DIY projects and when those projects double as useful home remedies it is even better! This project combines two loves, DIY projects and essential oils! This DIY project is one of my favorites to give as a gift and can be altered depending on your own personal needs.

These rice filled wash cloth pillows can be infused with any of your favorite essential oils depending on your medicinal needs. The eye masks are a perfect, all natural sleep aid when lavender oil is added or can aid in headache relief with peppermint oil. Just making one the other night alleviated my headache within ten minutes. To add a twist, these pillows go perfectly in the freezer for extra help during a headache (just put in a ziplock bag first-freezer smells trump essential oils unfortunately).

If you do not need an eye mask but would like a nice, scented heating pad; try using a hand towel instead. Although the more rice you have the longer it will take to heat up, the heat holds pretty well and makes the oils very fragrant. Below are some oils that I have used in the past for eye masks/heating pads:

Lavender (used for a heating pad and eye mask with and without peppermint oil)

Peppermint oil (eye mask alone or with lavender oil)

Valor and/or Panaway (heating pad-both wonderful for muscle soreness)

Eucalyptus (eye mask or heating pad)

The above oils help with multiple ailments so using them in eye masks and heating pads will go a long way!

They are easy to make!

To make the eye mask, pour eight cups of rice into a zip lock bag. Pour 10-15 drops of oil onto the rice and seal the bag. Occasionally shake the bag, mixing the oil onto all the rice. I let the rice sit for a few days, but you do not have to.

Fold the wash cloth in half and sew along the edge all the way around until there is about an inch and a half to two inches open. This will be the opening you put the rice in. The pillow will be inside out once you are finished sewing. Turn the wash cloth right side out. You will want the pillow to not be stiffly filled with rice, it is much more comfortable. Once you have the desired amount of rice in your pillow you will need to close up the hole. In the spirit of full disclosure, you’re on your own with this part. I have never been able gracefully finish this last part off so if you have an easy hack for it, let me know.

I love giving these as gifts. Although they are easy to make, they are meaningful to the receiver. If I know a friend is having sleep issues, I may make them a lavender infused sleep mask along with lavender sugar scrub. It’s nice to know I am giving something that someone can use and will make them feel good. Maybe I should sell them?…

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