Help for Insomnia: DIY Dream Pillows

Annie B. Bond by Annie B. Bond | August 27th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness

Dream pillow with lavender

Almost everyone has spells of insomnia, but some have more trouble with it than others. If finding the way to a good night’s sleep is a quest, here are a few ideas you may not have tried.

The first is the homeopathic remedy Calmes Forté®. I take it sometimes when I have to fly in bad weather, and it makes me feel like I am relaxing in a rocking chair and I begin to nod off ….

For another suggestion, try my Make-It-Yourself Easy Dream Pillow — basically a large sachet you fill with soothing herbs and essential oils that will seduce you to sleep. This project is fun and the sewing required is very basic.

Materials:
2 pieces of good-quality cotton (preferably organic), at least 6 inches square
Sewing thread and needle
2 pieces of muslin or natural fabric, at least 5 inches square
Herbs and a few drops essential oils (see below for tips on which ones to choose)
Pillow stuffing

Directions:
With the right sides of the cotton squares together, sew around three sides of the pillow, about 1/2 inch from the edge. Repeat for the muslin/natural fiber squares. Trim the fabric at the corners to within 1/4 inch of the seams to make turning the pillows right-side-out easier. Then turn the pillows right-side-out. Fill the muslin pillow with dried herbs. Don’t overstuff it because circulation is needed to waft the scent of the herbs into the air. Sprinkle just a few drops of essential oil onto the herbs. Fold in the raw edge of the muslin pillow and sew it closed. (Option: Close the seam with stick-on Velcro® or snaps.) Slide the herbal pillow into the larger pillow, add pillow stuffing, fold in the raw edge, and sew it closed (or use Velcro® or snaps).

Which scents to use:
Many herbs have sedative effects, perfect to be used in dream pillows when insomnia strikes. You can add herbs to your dream pillow to enhance dreams or sensuality, too.

Herbs and plants that have a calming sedative effect: Catnip, chamomile, hops, lavender, lemon balm, passionflower, rose petals and skullcap.

Essential oils that have a calming sedative effect: Basil, geranium, jasmine, lavender, peppermint, rose, sandalwood and yarrow.

Plants for dream recall: Frankincense, mugwort and rosemary.

Herbs for good dreams: Bay and thyme.

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