Some nights it feels as if you need a little magic to get your children into their beds and sleeping peacefully! Some nights it can be a struggle to get them INTO bed, while other nights it’s a struggle to get them to STAY in bed!
Well, I’m sorry to tell you, as wonderful as these herbal pillows are, they are not THAT magical! They will not get OR keep your child in bed. However, they are fun to create, smell heavenly, and kids DO love them!
For over two years my daughter had been “borrowing” my herbal dream pillow (note: herbs should probably be replaced every few months – although it still smelled lovely!). She loved and looked forward to having that pillow by her side at night to ease her into sleep and protect her from upsetting dreams. I love how pure and limitless children are – they are inherently sensitive to nature and plant energy. The aromatic herbs used in these herbal dream pillows are no exception to them.
A gift from nature, these sweet little pillows offer peace and security for your little ones. Herbal pillows are the perfect addition to a bed time routine, helping to create a serene and tranquil atmosphere. The plants work their magic with their gentle aroma and will soothe your child’s mind and body as they drift off to sleep… dreaming sweetly.
There are several different herbs commonly used in dream pillows, however the herbs I chose for this project are gently fragrant and are known to have mild, calming, and relaxing properties, making them great choices for kids!
- Lavender – A well known “scent” for babies is soothing and mildly sedating, lavender gently eases tension, stress, and also works wonders on headaches.
- Chamomile – Calming and relaxing, chamomile eases anxiety and restlessness. It is said to keep your dreams pleasant and peaceful.
- Rose petals – Brings warmth, love, and peace to your heart and dreams.
- Catnip – Relaxing and mild, catnip helps ease you into sleep.
- Rose Petals
- Catnip or Lemon Balm
- (2) 12 square inches of old t-shirts – consider using you child’s well-loved and worn-out shirts
- (2) 6 square inches of cheesecloth / flour sack or any kind of extra fabric – to secure the herbs
- Fabric scissors
- Hot glue
- Make a 6 inch “pouch” to secure your herbs. Any fabric will do. I cut two squares from a flour sack towel and hot glued 3 of the edges to form a pouch. Do NOT use your fingers to press the hot glued edges together – any other object will do!
- Let your child fill their pouch to about 3/4 full with their desired herbs and amounts. The unique and intuitive blend makes the pillow extra special to them.
- Hot glue the remaining side to close it up.
- With your t-shirt or other fabric cut a large, 12 inch square through two layers – don’t pull them apart! Cut 2 inch squares out of each corner and continue to make 2 inch deep snips every inch to create the fringe – your fabric should resemble the 3rd picture above, there’s no need to be precise.
- Secure the two corresponding fringe with a double knot. Continue for 3 sides, allowing room to insert your herb pouch. This will become more and more tricky as you go and the cover shrinks up. Pop in your herbal pouch and knot the remaining fringe.
- Place in your bed or insert into your pillow case for peaceful dreams and a good nights sleep!