DIY Sweet-Dreams Herbal Pillow


| 2/19/2016 10:57:00 AM


Tags: herbalism, dream pillow, sleep aid, Judy DeLorenzo, Connecticut,

Create an herbal pillow to encourage restful sleep and sweet dreams; your own do-it-yourself natural sleep aid! This practice dates back centuries and is a lovely way to enjoy the time-honored sleep and dream inducing power of herbs. They also make charming gifts!

 Dream Pillows

I repurposed vintage lady's hankies to make these pillows (2 hankies per pillow) 

An herbal pillow is easily made from fabric cut into small squares or rectangles. Once finished, it is tucked inside or under your bed pillow so that you can enjoy the dreamy/sleepy fragrance.

Most instructions for creating herbal pillows involve sewing a single pillow case to be filled with an herbal blend. This works well, however, once the herbs lose their scent the pillow can’t easily be refreshed.

Another option is to make an inner muslin bag to fill with herbs. One side is loosely basted closed so that it can easily be opened, refilled with fresh herbs, and re-basted shut as needed. If you have the sewing skills, consider sewing a zipper or velcro strips on one side. A more refined, outer pillow case is then created (similar to a bed pillow) to encase the inner muslin, herb-filled bag.

Fabric Ideas

Consider repurposing vintage pillowcases, lady’s hankies, scarves, leftover fabric, retired clothing, etc. Natural fabrics such as cotton or silk work well; the herbal scents need to breathe through. Consider purchasing organic muslin or other organic fabrics.  My favorite source is Organic Cotton Plus.




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