I make muslin or monk's cloth pillows filled with Tsuga canadensis; Canadian Hemlock, and also Asperula odorata; Sweet Woodruff. I pre dry the Woodruff because it releases its aroma of new mown hay more readily when dry. I re-stuff them each year. Also, this year I had a Fir for the Christmas tree and used the needles of that for another pillow. I couldn't access that article but any fragrant herb would work, like Lavender, Rosemary, Sweet Annie, Lemonbalm.
Hops is supposed to work this way as a pillow to induce sleep. I made tea out of wild hops and it does make me sleepy.
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posted 9 years ago
Our dream pillows are made with two separate fabrics; muslin is used for the insert, which holds the herb or herb blend of your choice. Various beautiful fabrics, mostly silk tapestry, are used for the lovely outer fabric, which is sewn as an envelope-style cover in which the muslin insert is tucked. See column on the right for a description of herbal choices for your pillow stuffing. Herb pillows can be placed under the head or propped nearby in the bedroom. The pillows can also be used to scent a room or closet by hanging them from a hook or coat hanger. Simple sewing skills, a collection of fabric remnants and quality dried herbs are all that’s needed for this simple project.
posted 9 years ago
From what I've read it seems this tradition goes back quite a few years as I find many recipes for charm bags filled with herbs & used in a pillow.
I have done this with mugwort. The idea was to promote vivid dreams, including lucid dreams. I have had some amazing results from fresh sprigs of mugwort under the pillow. I have not had as much luck with the dried leaves in a muslin bag, but then again I only tried the coastal mugwort (Artemisia suksdorfii), not the common mugwort.
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