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Handmade Eye pillow with Lavender


What is an Eye Pillow?


Eye pillows, also known as dream pillows, are mask shaped or rectangular pouches made from a fabric such as cotton or silk and filled with scented or non-scented herbs.

At one time, eye pillows were called comfort pillows and were used in sickrooms to ease nightmares and to disguise the scent of illness. Herbs such as flax seed, lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus, and rose petals were used as fillers in eye pillows to help comfort the sick and ease them to sleep. Lavender is said to be a natural anti-depressant and to help with insomnia, stress, and headaches.

Eye pillows are typically used to shield the eyes from light and to apply a gentle relaxing weight over and around the eyes.





Story of my "Alestrate"

This one was a t-shirt. A little cute grey t-shirt which stayed with us forever! 

Apparently both my sons really loved wearing it so the oldest one used it for 3 year until it was too tight and then the little one took over for another three years....I found it so sweet how they enjoyed a simple, plain grey t-shirt and how both of them refused to let go of it even when it started turning into... slim fit!


When it was finally time for them to say goodbye I kept it for some kind of future creative reuse. And 2 Eye Pillows were eventually made of it! 



Who was "Alestrate"?


This one was not a woman but it is a cave. One of the largest caves in Europe, it has stalactites and stalagmites in different colours soaring to heights of 18 metres as well as rare formations called heccendrites, helictites and cave pearls, all adding up to an experience best described as otherworldly.

Greek myth holds that the Sphinx made an appearance nearby and also that the god Pluto absconded with Persephone here to bring her to the Gate of the Underworld.




How to use ""Alestrate"


A. If you have half an hour or more

  1. Wear something comfy 
  2. Microwave or Refrigerate your Eye Pillow
  3. Roll out your mat
  4. Put on a relaxing tune
  5. Lay down on your back. Feet hip distance apart, hands next to your body palms facing up.
  6. Place your Eye Pillow on your eyes.
  7. Breathe. 
  8. Inhale calm.
  9. Exhale what doesn´t serve you anymore.
  10. Trust that you are exactly where you are supposed to be.


B. If you have 3 minutes

  1. Lay down on your back. Feet hip distance apart, hands next to your body palms facing up.
  2. Place your Eye Pillow on your eyes.
  3. Breathe. 
  4. Inhale calm.
  5. Exhale what doesn´t serve you anymore.
  6. Trust that you are exactly where you are supposed to be.


Care instructions


  • Remember to store your Handmade Eye Pillow in a box or bag if scented for it to last longer
  • Keep in mind to avoid using your Handmade Eye Pillow when wearing make up or prefer a darker colored Handmade Eye Pillow if you want to use it anyway.
  • Every now and then remove the outer case and wash it at 30°C.  In the meantime you can air the inner case with the filling outdoors for 15 minutes.



15,00 €Price
VAT Included
  • Size 8 x 18 cm
    Weight 57g
    Filling 100% Rice or
    92% Rice and 8% Lavender
    Outer Case Cotton (removable, washable)
    Inner Case Cotton, Polyester
    Microwave 15 sec or
    Refridgerate a few minutes

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