Most people can relate to not being able to sleep well at night. With all the worries and stresses of life, it’s easy to do, but here’s where herbs can help. When my kids were little I used to create smaller versions of these and put it in their pillows, but then I only used dried lavender flowers in a natural organic fabric pouch. I really think it helped them sleep. I would also throw a handful in their baths. 🙂 Lavender smells amazing and is so soothing to the central nervous system.
I’ve personally never had problems with sleeping, but I can easily turn my brain off as well. Practicing meditation (and for me it’s meditating on the things of God since I know He controls all- I just put my cares on Him) can help you quickly learn how to turn your brain off.
Vitamin deficiency is another key thing to worry about with insomnia. Lack of magnesium and melatonin has been linked to insomnia so upping your levels of these vitamins will also greatly enhance your sleep, but then there’s herbs to help as well. And most herbs not only contain magnesium, but a brewed herbal tea mixed with raw organic, dark manuka honey supplies melatonin as well which is a nutrient naturally occurring in dark honey.
How to Create a Dream Pillow
What is a dream pillow? These are DIY pillows made up of herbs that can actually help you sleep at night due to their intoxicating aroma they give off when crushed. Taking these herbs as tea right before bed will also help and I strongly suggest that, but first let me tell you how to create your own dream pillow.
You will need:
- One 5X12 inch natural organic fabric strip (I’d recommend Herbal Fab)
- A handful of organic cotton or buckwheat
- 1/2 cup dried Lavender flowers crushed up with a pestle and mortar
Now fold your fabric strip in half with the right sides together, so you have a 5X6 inch piece. Stitch up two sides of the pillow (or hand sew), leaving the folded side not sewn and one end open.
Wash and dry the cloth with no fragrance or fabric softener, to remove any dyes and sizing smells in the new cloth as this can create headaches.
Turn right side-out and place a cotton ball-sized amount of cotton or buckwheat in the bottom of the cloth’s “pocket”.
Add about 1/2 cup of the dried flowers and another small amount of cotton or buckwheat on top.
Fold over open end and sew shut by hand with a running stitch.
And voila! You now have a dream pillow. 🙂
Make a Tea before bed
Take 2 tsp of dried Lavender flowers to 1 cup boiled water, let steep for 15 minutes, strain or remove the flowers and drink up!
I’d drink several cups before bed if suffering from severe insomnia. You can also eat the flowers as they are edible so feel free to enjoy some in your evening dinner salad. 🙂 Enjoy!