For Christmas, I made flax pillows out of Anna Maria Horner’s Folksy Flannels collection. This was no easy task, mainly because I put in way too much effort. The eye pillows were easy to make, but I also made neck wraps, sinus pillows, and one wrist wrap. Each pillow had unique herbal contents. For the eye pillows, I added:
- Rose oil
- Chamomile flowers
For the sinus pillows, I added:
- Peppermint oil
- Tea tree oil
For the neck wraps and wrist wrap, I added:
- PureHerbs Five Oils (eucalyptus, cajeput, mullein, peppermint, wintergreen – This is great for muscle reliefs as well as opening congested sinuses.)
The tips I can offer are to make sure that there are more flax seeds to other ingredients. I accidentally put too much lavender in my first pillow, causing it to be too light in weight. Also, I started by mixing any oils with the flax in a plastic bag a few days before sewing. Each day I would give it a shake and check the potency. Lastly, I would go the extra mile of making the herbal blends unique to your needs. I used healing herbs in the neck and wrist pillows based on the ailments of the individuals using them.
I ordered the lavender, flax seed, and dried herbs in bulk from Ameriherbs. Their prices and quality are great, but I ordered way too many ingredients. Their products come in 1lb increments, and I often only used a couple tablespoons of some of the herbs. Also, some of the herbs I ordered were to potent to use, such as the valerian root. That stuff did not smell very well! It’s a shame, because it really relaxes you and would have been good in the eye pillows. Of course, I finished the pillows with handmade labels that included instructions for freezing, heating, and use.
Next, I’m going to make myself one that is stomach-shaped for menstrual cramps with a sash to tie around my waste. Subtle, no. But convenient? Definitely! And so stinkin’ cute in the folksy flannels!