Herb pillows may have an impact on sleep for all ages and make a great gift to bless others. Several herbs, especially lavender, have been shown to promote a feeling of calm and well-being so their use to scent your pillow at night may help in opening the door for sleep to occur.
To create an herb pillow, simply combine your favorite relaxing herbs from the list below, place in a sealed container and set aside for a week.
Make a small pillow using a favorite fabric and shape – I like to use vintage linens, but leftover fabric scraps of flannel, velvet, silk, etc. may be more appropriate depending on the recipient!
Before filling the pillow, either wrap 1/4c of the herbs in a bit of the cotton batting or place in a muslin bag and then stuff inside your pillow and sew up the opening. Herb pillows can be tucked inside, under, or next to your bed pillows where they will emit their fragrance throughout the night.
Catnip: Relaxing, helps bring deep sleep
Chamomile: Calming, relaxing, and said to keep bad
Cinnamon: Brings warmth
Cloves: Brings warmth, add only 2-4 per pillow
Lavender: Soothing, relaxing and eases headaches
Lemon Balm: Relieves stress, anxious and nervous
feelings, insomnia, stress, and headaches
Lemon Verbena: Uplifting, used to add “lightness” to
Peppermint or Spearmint: Enhances pleasantness
Rose petals: Brings warmth and love
Rosemary: Traditionally used to bring deep sleep and
keep away bad dreams
Sweet Marjoram: Calms restlessness and nervousness
“A generous man will prosper;
he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”