Measure and add the rice to a mixing bowl along with the fresh herbs. Rosemary, mint, lavender, or even fresh basil are all relaxing and rejuvenating scents. Stir the rice to coat.
Spread the rice on a parchment-covered sheet pan, pop into a 350 ̊F oven, and bake for 15 minutes.
While the rice is baking, create the template for making the eye mask. Using oversize framed sunglasses, place the shades on a white sheet of paper and trace around them with a pencil.
Cut out the template, leaving one half-inch around the pencil line. Cut a square from the cotton fabric and fold in half, with the patterned sides facing each other, and position the template over the fabric.
Now cut the fabric, creating the two sides of the eye mask. Place small dabs of hot glue around 3⁄4 of the edges and hold closed tightly until dry.
Remove the rice from the oven and let it cool. Continue gluing around the edge of the eye mask until there is around a two-inch opening remaining. Flip the fabric inside out so the pattern side is on the outside. Use a funnel to fill the mask. Glue the mask closed completely.
Cut an elastic headband in half and attach one end to the eye mask with hot glue. Do the same for the other side of the eye mask.
You can pop the eye mask in the microwave for a few seconds to add a bit of heat or keep in the freezer so it is wonderfully fresh and cool. Or simply use at room temperature.