Herbal sleep pillows can help reduce stress and bring more restful slumber.
For a simple pillow, fill a 3- to 5-inch drawstring bag with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chosen herbs; draw strings and tie closed.
For a more decorative bag, fold a 5-inch-by-12-inch cloth in and stitch up two of the open sides (the folded side does not need to be stitched). Launder with no fragrance or fabric softener. Place a cotton ball-sized amount of cotton or fiberfill material in the bottom of the pocket. Add about 1/2 cup of herbs, fold over the remaining open side and stitch shut.
For this relaxing dream pillow, mix 1/2 cup hops (Humulus lupulus), 1/2 cup mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) and 1/3 cup sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana). Let the fragrances carry you to a stress-free zone.
Two tablespoons each of lavender flowers (Lavandula angustifolia), catnip (Nepeta cataria), lilac blossoms, mugwort and marjoram with 1 teaspoon of spearmint (Mentha spicata) or peppermint (Mentha ×piperita) can help give hospital patients relief from the powerful odors surrounding them.
If nightmares are troubling you, this comforting blend can ease your mind. Mix 1/4 cup rose petals, 1/4 cup rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), 1/4 cup lavender flowers and 1/4 cup hops.
Let this mixture take you away to the safest place in the world, where there are no worries and all your needs are fulfilled. Mix 1/4 cup lavender flowers, 1/4 cup mugwort and 1/4 cup hops for this restful dream pillow blend.
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