How many times have you thought to yourself that there is so much more to life than lavender? I think it all of the time and so when it came to making some new eye pillows, I put away the purple flowers and went for something a little bit more unusual.
People are using eye pillows all over the place to relieve headaches and relax post yoga practice (or to just plain relax). I love them because they not only block out the pesky light that tempts me to open my eyes but also gives that little bit of weight on my face that grounds my meditation and physically focusses my energy at the same time. If my face is going to be focused, my mind is going to be focussed and so why not add a couple of essential oils to the mix that will help in the mini spiritual journeys that I like to take when I get a few minutes to myself in a quiet place.
The first oil that I turn to when any kind of mediation is in order is Frankincense. This is one of those ancient staples that makes an appearance every Christmas but is so much more than Wise Men and all that. People have been using it for centuries for not only it’s physical health benefits but it’s spiritual ones as well. Frankincense calms the mind and allows for the kind of focus that we are after. It seems to blanket outside noise and allow you to open up to the meditation. Once you have calmed the mind, it is time to relax it and calm the nerves. Enter Clary Sage. This is not only woman’s best friend when it comes to menopausal and mental issues, it is great when you just need to sit back and let go. Next is Ho Wood with it’s rose like scent as it is another of the relation oils. Once you are good and relaxed, you can let the Cedarwood keep you on path and bring focus to your meditation. Cedarwood brings clarity and focus and can help refocus when then mind begins to wander and think about dinner or whether or not you fed the dog.
The mix is up to you and there is definite need for some trial and error. My suggestion is to test out your blends in a diffuser and see what really works for you and your meditation. What works for one might not for another and so it is about letting your mind tell you what it needs to really achieve your mediation goals.
You also have to consider the pillow itself. If you are sharing with anyone, make one with a little pillow cover that you can wash. If you are lazy (and I tend to be) you can make one and use it until the scent has dissipated or it needs to be washed and then open it up, wash it, add more oil and close it up again. I like to use scraps of fabric that I have left over in my sewing box to give them a unique look for no other reason than that I like them (it is not like there are crowds of people around watching me meditate…).
So there you are, make them in multiples and give them as gifts. If you have someone in your life who is particularly stressed but doesn’t take a hint well, make them one and suggest that they just try it out, lie down and see what happens.
Worst case scenario, a little relaxation happens while trying to meditate and not think about dinner.