Eye Pillows completely block out light as it conforms to your face and eyes. The Eye Pillows are perfect for sleep, yoga, relieve stress, meditation, help relieve migraines and headaches, puffy eyes or just to relax.



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Eye pillows have a reputation for being the new age version of snake oil: a little bit of flax, and a lot of money. Yet they may be one of our most powerful healing tools, especially when it comes to a balanced nervous system. Your vagus nerve is one of twelve cranial nerves that originates in the brain, travels down the back of the neck and into the chest and heart, and then moves down into the abdomen and digestive tract.

Light pressure on the eyeballs lowers heart rate, sometimes by quite a bit, by eliciting what’s called the oculocardiac reflex. It also stimulates the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve has an extensive resume: It regulates heart rate and digestion, and it’s the primary medium through which our belly brain regulates mood. It’s the main communicator to our rest-and-digest system, which helps us to relax more deeply. It also elicits our tend-and-befriend system, enabling us to reach out and connect with others. This is a critical factor in long-term stress resilience and, research shows, in happiness.

One quick way to stimulate your vagus nerve is through this abdominal massage. Another is to use eye pillows, which place light pressure on the eyeballs.

When to use an eye pillow:
Put one over your eyes or on your forehead when you lay down to sleep. This will help you fall asleep more quickly and stay asleep throughout the night.
Use one at the end of your yoga practice during savasana for ultra relaxation.
Pair it with your restorative yoga practice to deepen embodiment. (Also try my two restorative poses to combat effects of anxiety and depression.)
Anytime you feel anxious, depressed, or stressed and can use a quick pick-me-up or more grounding.

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After taking into consideration hundreds of models from various producers, we put together a list of the ten best eye pillows money can buy for you to look at.


Those of you in need of a reliable eye pillow would know by now just how hard they are to come by, the quality ones at least. Intended to relieve stress and provide comfort throughout the night, these pillows aren’t always as smooth and comfortable as advertised, which is where a bit of market knowledge comes in handy.

After taking into consideration hundreds of models from various producers, we put together a list of the ten best eye pillows money can buy for you to look at.

This pillow is composed of cotton denim (pure) which comes with a dye (natural) which is sourced from the macadamia tree, specifically, the bark of it. It is filled with cherry pits which can be heated using a microwave. The heat acts as a muscle relaxer and gets rid of pain (mostly muscle pain) all over the body. The cherry pits can also be cooled in the freezer for approximately 2 hours if you require a cool comforting feeling instead.

This eye pillow has a combination of Lavender and Buckwheat hulls which are ideal for a fresh scent to last you throughout the night. This pillow is washable and has flax seed fitted to provide additional comfort. Depending on the feeling you want, you can either warm it using a microwave or chill it in the fridge to ease your stress levels. Other than that, you will find it quite easy to care for due to its peculiar construction.

Made of pure 100% silk and completely environmentally friendly, Earth Therapeutics eye pillow is one of the most comfortable eye pillows out there. This pillow has been inflated with a natural aroma that composes chamomile, lavender, and citrus. This aroma has been proven to be very soothing during sleep, which is why so many quality eye pillows use it these days, especially the top-shelf ones.

This pillow assists one to relieve their headaches and nose or throat blockage, thanks mainly to the natural herbs in its making which have the purpose of helping with decongestion. One can chill it to ease eye swelling or if experiencing a headache or heat it up if that is what they’re after. It is also nicely sized and has natural fabrics which provide comfort for you. Interestingly enough, its cover can be removed and washed without any issues to speak of.

Made using 100% aromatherapy organic herbs potent with tension and stress easing capabilities, Spa Comfort is exactly what you need to ensure better relaxation come night time. Not only can you chill it or warm it to suit your particular needs but you can also receive acupressure benefits from it as per its flax seeds composition. Not only that but you will also find this pillow to be quite easy to care for.

Made using 100% pure flax seeds blended with lavender buds, this particular eye pillow is your best shot at excellent comfort during the night. What’s more, it gives you the option of preparing it either in a freezer or a microwave for better stress relief. As a matter of fact, hot or cold eye pillows are excellent at solving some of your muscle pain in the long run, just as long as you remember to use it on a daily basis.

Made using a blend of flax seeds and lavender, this is yet another brand of eye pillow that seeks to offer you unmatched comfort. It is ideal for meditation, yoga, massaging, and even for anxiety relief. To boost your comfort, you can either cool it inside a freezer or warm it in a microwave.

In addition to having lavender and flax seeds, it also boasts a silk fabric that is not only super tender but which also offers a soothing effect over time. It is also accompanied by a carrying bag to allow easy mobility and can be utilized as a simple hot therapy prop to reduce the tightness in your shoulders.

This particular eye pillow features a natural lavender aroma which gets rid of anxiety and tension when used regularly. It is made in such a way that you can either warm it using a microwave or freeze it in the fridge as per your specific needs. Furthermore, this eye pillow has natural flax fitted that provides acupressure properties that most eye pillows simply cannot provide.

DreamTime’s Lavender eye pillow is widely regarded as one of the very best out there, both in terms of comfort and durability. The pillow is made using herbs and the finest fabrics possible to guarantee you relief from both muscle tension and stress.

Moreover, it is also stacked with flax seeds which offer relaxation and acupressure properties many such pillows do not. Besides allowing you to cool it and or warm it at ease, it is also fitted with a standard side zipper that allows you to access it anytime you need to refill or wash it.

If you are suffering from sinus pain, headaches, puffy eyes, or migraines, then IMAK’s comforting eye pillow should definitely be seen as a long-term investment. Not only will it play a major role in helping you overcome these conditions but it will also block light and give you the much needed comfortable rest you crave for.

Furthermore, aside from benefiting from its tremendous comforting properties, you will also find it easy to maintain given its machine washer-friendly construction. Other than that, it also boasts a fine quality construction that not many other eye pillows could match, at least not in this price range.

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