Herbal Interests | DIY Holiday Herbal Dream Pillow

Hello! We hope you are having a wonderful day of thanks and giving with your family, friends, and loved ones. What a special time of year! I can definitely say that this is most nontraditional Thanksgiving that we've ever had - we're not even celebrating! In fact, we're spending the entire day packing because... we are moving! It was officiated last week on Friday, which was super exciting, and while there's still the closing date to get through it's nice to know that we can start packing our things out of this home. Eek! I am really excited to share more with you about the entire move soon and get onto Christmas!

Today, we're teaming up with House to Homestead Blog along with several other bloggers to bring you some wholesome, handmade gift ideas. How cute is that? When Brianne reached out to me a few weeks ago to see if I wanted to be on the blog train, I was suddenly reminded of how blogs used to be. My mom, Jill, actually started a blog way back when in 2007. That's ten years ago! It doesn't really seem that long, but I remember her sharing her thoughts, mostly about our old Victorian home and her crafting ideas and products. I thought it was totally lame! The best part about blogging at that time, though, was that the sharing and commenting was a lot more genuine. She and her blog friends used to trade crafting boxes every month, where they'd send supplies or even handmade items with a theme! It was actually really fun to witness as a preteen, to see what she might get in her next gift box.

I read DesignSponge's State of the Blog Union 2017 a few months ago and realized that I kind of missed the gravy train. Blogging used to be more communal; now, starting only two years ago, it's more flashy and filled with lots of sponsored posts. I am never really sure how I fit into that; I do work with a handful of brands and sponsors to bring you content. But it doesn't pay for my bills. In fact, I am more blessed to help share their hard work with you, because I really do love, use, and appreciate all of the beautiful things gifted to me and my family. It's just how the blog world is now. Do I think it needs to change? I don't really know. I don't think that it will; it's going to keep evolving, and perhaps we'll find new ways to feel better connected, but I am not sure just yet how to make that happen, if I can at all. I was really shocked and pleased to read a message from Brianne with the idea to have a handful of awesome bloggers make their own unique version of a handmade holiday gift to share with their audience, and to help share each other's blogs. That was really nice. Thanks, Brianne!

I am bringing an old favorite to the table, the herbal dream pillow! We actually sell these now, a pre-made version which is one of our most popular products to date. You guys really love herbs, and honestly, I think we sell them even more often in person when we travel to shows. They just smell amazing! Herbal dream pillows have been used for thousands of years to help overcome sleeplessness and can even aid in dream memory, depending on what you decide to put inside. Did you know that you can just make one yourself? It's incredibly easy to do! You'll want a personal blend of herbs to help you sleep, create vivid dreams, or help calm you before bed. Here are some of our favorites!

Herbs for Dreams

  • Catnip - relaxing + helps bring deep sleep
  • Chamomile - calming, relaxing, and can keep bad dreams at bay
  • Cloves - brings warmth and an exoticness to dreams (only add a few to your pillow)
  • Hops - the most vivid of dream herbs; relaxing + brings peacefulness
  • Lavender - relaxing, soothing, calming, and eases headaches
  • Lemon Verbena - can add a lightness to dreams
  • Mugwort - enhances lucid dreaming and helps with dream memory
  • Peppermint or Spearmint - enhances clarity and vividness in dreams
  • Rose Petals - helps to evoke romance in dreams
  • Rosemary - brings deep sleep and keeps bad dreams at bay

Herbs for Sleep

  • Catnip - relaxing + helps bring deep sleep
  • Chamomile - calming, relaxing, and can keep bad dreams at bay
  • Hops - relaxing and brings peacefulness
  • Lavender - Relaxing, soothing, calming, and eases headaches
  • Lemon Balm - Can relieve stress, anxiety, insomnia, stress, and headaches
  • Rose Petals - Brings love and feelings of warmth
  • Rosemary - Brings deep sleep and keeps bad dreams at bay
  • Sweet Marjoram - Calms restless nerves and nervousness

Supplies |

  • Wool Felt
  • Herbal Mix
  • Embroidery Thread or Wool Yarn
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Essential Oil (optional)
  1. Measure out a rectangle of wool felt, about 5"x7", and cut out two pieces. These will become the sides of your pillow. If you would like, you may create a design on the front. In our original dream pillow post, I shared an embroidered design. For the holiday version, I simply cut out some holly leaves and a single berry! It turned out really cute and would be so festive for your home this time of year. Snowflakes or a pine tree would be cute as well! With yarn or embroidery thread, attach the design to one on the rectangular pieces of felt.
  2. When you have attached the design, simply stitch around the outer edge of the pillow with some yarn. I love the look of chunky, visible stitches! 
  3. Before closing the pillow, fill it up with your choice of sleepy herbs. If you'd like, you may add a few drops of essential oil to the pillow like lavender, about 10-20 drops. 
  4. Finish stitching the pillow closed and knot it off. Place near your head on top of your pillow or hang it up on the wall close to your head. It is meant to be inhaled before sleep. Properly dried herbs will last inside the pillow for years! It is best to keep the pillow out of direct sunlight and harsh drafts for optimal use. If your pillow begins to lose its scent, gently squeeze the herbs inside to release their natural oils. 

That's it! So simple and easy. I love making these for Tad; depending on which herbs you use, they are perfectly safe for children and even pets to have around. Did you know that cats and dogs actually enjoy having a little herbal pillow in their bed? Pretty fascinating! You may want to try it with your pet. Please look into which herbs are safe for pets and young children to have around.

Looking for a place to buy bulk herbs? You can purchase them through us! They are grown by us and locally and are all grown with organic practices (:

xoxo Kayla


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