5 Herbs For Sleep Pillows

Herbs to Promote a Restful Sleep

Herbal sleep pillows are a wonderful way to incorporate herbs into the lives of your friends and family. They are a simple item; fragrant herbs are stuffed into small pouches and then placed inside the pillowcase of a favorite pillow. The scent helps the person sleep well, and can even help create vivid dreams depending on the herbs used. 

Here are 5 common herbs used in sleep pillows a few blends to try. 

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    Lavender Field with bee
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     Known for it's relaxing properties, lavender is a wonderful herb to add to a sleep pillow. used alone, lavender buds bring a restful quality to sleep, for young and old alike. 

    No worry if you don't think that you like the scent of lavender. The store bought ​a variety of items with a fake lavender scent don't hold a candle to the rich, heady scent of real lavender buds. 

    If you didn't grow lavender in your garden this year, it is readily available at any herb shop and tends to be...MORE pretty inexpensive. Only use tightly formed buds however. Their scent will last for months. 

    I find that if my lavender seems to be losing it's scent, gently crushing and breaking up the buds slightly will help release even more lavender oils. You can also rejuvenate your lavender sleep pillow by adding a few drops of essential oil to the pillow after a few months have passed. 

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    Hops

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    Hops. © drewzhrodague

     Hops are much more than for an alcoholic beverage. Long used to promote restful sleep, hops are very relaxing. 

    Use hops to calm the nerves, perfect for the night before a big test or to help your college student rest in a new environment? 

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    Chamomile

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    chamomile. Photo © Flickr user jstark101

     What herb is more sweetly scented that the tiny bloom of chamomile? This naturally apple scented flower is just the thing to relax you into slumber. 

    Children are especially in love with the delightful fragrance, making chamomile the perfect stuffing for any sleep pillow made for your youngest gift recipients. 

    For a fun way to present the idea of using herbs to relax your children, try making a simple stuffed animal with a hidden pouch in it. Then, make a mini pouch that fits into the pouch....MORE That way, your child can snuggle and enjoy that relaxing fragrance as the drift off to sleep. 

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    Rosemary in Bloom
    Rosemary in bloom. © Flickr user geishaboy500

     Rosemary may seem like an interesting herb to include in a sleep pillow, but it actually is a lovely addition. Unlike the previous herbs, instead of relaxing, rosemary actually helps you have vivid dreams. For many of us, we ideally use our sleep time to cope with our daily lives. For those of us who believe in this idea, dreaming can be the way to work out issues and help us feel balanced during the day. Include rosemary in small amounts to see if it has this clarifying effect on your dreams. 

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    Mugwort

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    Mugwort. © shastared

     Long known to also help also stimulate vivid dreams, mugwort is an unusual herb to grow. Combining it with rosemary, you have an herb pillow that also helps your dreams become much more interesting. 

    Mugwort is known to help relieve bad dreams, anxieties and helps with sleeplessness. It may be worth a try? 

Some recommended blends for sleep pillows are: Hops and Chamomile Lavender and Chamomile Rosemary and Mugwort Any combination of these herbs will create your own unique sleep experience. Sleep pillows are a lovely way to bring herbs to your friends and family. They can be as simple or elaborate as you have time for. Herb pillows are meant to be slipped into a regular pillowcase and pillow. They can promote a restful sleep and vivid dreams depending on the herbal mixture used.