Want to have better sleep and relax while you rest at night? Try making your own Dream Pillows. 

For countless years, herbs have actually been utilized because of their wonderful scents and healing properties. Herbs were pounded, ground, pushed, boiled for their extracts, and used in for medication. Some fragrant herbs were particularly valued because they caused rest and relaxation. The fragrance of these herbs was “recorded” in pieces of fabric and sweet bags. We know them as “herbal pillows”.


Herbal Pillows– Early History

Maybe the earliest recognized civilization who made fantastic usage of herbs was the ancient Egyptians. These individuals were really innovative and they discovered lots of plants that have healing results and health advantages. Pharoahs and priests utilized herbal pillows to include serenity to the night and make them sleep much better. Linen fabrics filled with aromatic seeds and taken in fragrances stitched were the very first herbal pillows ever utilized by people.

Later on in the Middle Ages, distressed moms utilized herbal pillows to entice their active children into a deep sleep. They used dill (Anthuem graveolens) in little pillows which they made themselves. By the way, the name “dill” originates from the Norse word “dilla”, which suggests “to lull.”

Another popular herb utilized in herbal pillows was agrimony. It is thought to be soporific, causing sleep with its relaxing aroma. This impact of the agrimony is commemorated in an old English text stating that “if it is leyed under a mann’s head, he shal sleepyn as he were dead; He shal never ever drede ne wakyn till fro under his head it be taken.”

Herbal pillows were also used to ease headaches or as a treatment for anxiety. Throughout these times, flowers of healing herbs were stitched or crushed into pillows and put at the head of the bed. In some cases, they were placed in between the linens to spread out the aroma throughout the bedroom. 

How to make herbal pillows

Here are 2 different ways to have a night of restful sleep with dream pillows. 

This dream pillow uses herbs and essential oils. 

You will create a dream eye pillow. 

How to make your herbal pillows last longer?

If you want your potpourri’s fragrance to last, don’t forget to include a fixative something that will hold and preserve the scent. Here are a few natural fixatives to add to your herbal pillow. 

  • Orris root powder made from the dried and powdered root of the Iris ‘Florentina’.
  • Lavender flowers and leaves.
  • Wood shavings such as cedar or sandalwood.
  • Herbs like mint leaves, bay leaves and rosemary needles.
  • Spices including whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, cracked nutmeg and coriander seeds.

Herbal Pillow Recipies

Adventures In Making has an easy recipe for their Pleasant Dreams pillow. You will need: 

  • 1 cup mugwort
  • 1/2 cup rose petals
  • 1/3 cup chamomile
  • 1/3 cup lavender
  • 1/3 cup catnip
  • 2 tablespoons mint

Get the recipe here