I feel like I’ve been in a dreamy mood for days. Perhaps it’s all the Piscean energies activated by this lovely new moon. Or maybe it’s because I’m feeling a bit sleep-deprived – too many late nights spent engrossed in projects coupled with the clock change which always throws my rhythm off. Or maybe it’s because I’ve been talking about dreams and dreaming goddesses.
But today, when I just couldn’t seem to settle my mind into any linear left-brain tasks, and when I finally gave up and succumbed to the rainy-day energies, I found myself putting on my alchemist costume and doing some herbal blending. I thought at first maybe I’d make some herbal beads but that felt like more of a time and energy commitment than I was willing to invest. It was then I realized it was time to mix a new batch of herbs for my dream pillows.
Herbal pillows used to promote sleep and dreams have been used for centuries, and the recipes for what to put in them are as numerous as there are makers. They’re meant to be tucked inside pillowcases or directly under pillows, or simply laid next to your pillow, so their fragrance wafts its magic throughout the night (or perhaps during a delicious afternoon nap).
Some time ago I created a bunch of dream pillows to gift my friends with, and I started by painting little rectangles of muslin, which I then sewed together and stuffed with an herbal blend. The photo above is one I made for myself. I’ve also made a few using vintage hankies that belonged to my grandmother and I especially love those. If you don’t like to sew you can use muslin bags or other light-weight fabrics – just make sure you tie them tightly so the herbs don’t leak out.
I like to refresh my blends every couple of months so I simply open the stitches in my pillow, empty out the old material and fill it up with new.
Here’s a peek at the blend I made today. I temporarily rested some crystals in it, both to add their beautiful energy to the blend and to give them a little refreshing little treat as well. Win-win.
My blend includes mugwort, hops, lavender, chamomile, rosemary, and rose petals.
Other choices might be sweet marjoram, peppermint, catnip, lemon balm, lemon verbena, spearmint, calendula, mullein, jasmine petals. I’d always encourage using organic materials – you certainly don’t want to make a habit of prolonged breathing in of any pesticides.
After all we are looking for sweet dreams.
So tell me do you have any practices to encourage sleep? Any special dream practices? Do tell, I’d love to hear.