This warm, relaxing, and comforting neck pillow smells delightful when heated in a microwave. The calming herbs of aromatherapy like lavender, mint, vanilla, licorice, and cinnamon release their oils as the heat soothes tense muscles. The added bonus - all the materials and ingredients that are used in this project can be found in your home!
Step 1: Recycle a Long Sleeved Shirt
Start with a cotton long sleeved shirt that you haven't worn in a while. Cut the sleeves off an inch or two below the armpit seam. After that, cut the wrist seam. Cut off the neck line as well for a totally rad cut off shirt you will love to wear once the weather warms up.
Step 2: Sew the Two Sleeves Togeteher
First line the sleeves up and turn one sleeve inside out directly over the other sleeve. Next draw a line with chalk 1/4 an inch away from the cut on the wider part of the sleeve. Pin both outer edges of the sleeves together and sew them, going around in a circle. Unfold and sew one of the narrower ends 1/4 inch away from the cut.
Step 3: The Filling
Unfold the sleeve so that the seams all face the inside of the pillow. Start adding your non perishable grains and aromatherapy herbal mix. This consists of grains, seeds, legumes, seasonings, and teas you may already have. The bulk should come from odorless substances such as: rice, wheat berries, flax seeds, Irish oatmeal, lentils, or buckwheat. Add a few tablespoons of relaxing herbs like chamomile, licorice, rose petals, lemon grass, lavender, crushed cinnamon stick, crushed mint leaves, rosemary, fennel, and diced vanilla pod. Make sure the grains and herbs are evenly mixed in the pillow.
Step 4: The Final Step
Fold in 1/2 an inch of the fabric of the pillow opening towards the inside of the pillow. Pin and sew together. Make sure there are no holes that the filling could seep out of. Heat the pillow in a microwave for a minute or longer ( do not overheat). Place around your neck and relax!
When you are not using the Aromatherapy Neck Pillow, store it in a plastic bag inside of the freezer. This pillow can also be used as a cold pack.