Friday, August 10, 2012

import blog herb pillows

Blog EntryFeb 12, '08 9:40 PM
for everyone

I am posting a little early as I was trying to go to sleep early tonight but not working. Earlier today I dropped a package of frozen meat right on my left toes, one toe is black and blue front and back and still throbbing so decided to work up my blog now instead of just laying there and feeling all this throbbing
   This was a nice article on how to make an herb pillow


This month I'm launching a new site called LivingHerbal.com which covers just about every aspect of herb use in daily living you can think of. In order to introduce my dream readers to the site I've written the following article on How To Make Herb Pillows. You can also check out two other herb related articles of mine featured on Suite 101 topic pages this month. For How To Make Herbal Paper Sachets check out The Letter and Paper Arts and if you suffer from PMS and want to known about herbal relief please stop by Chronic Pain.

In olden days, entire mattresses were composed of aromatic herbs both to induce a restful sleep as well as to repel pest which would otherwise feed on mattress materials. Nowadays, I think we would be harder pressed to find a full herbal stuffed mattress, but herbal pillows are growing in popularity. Their main function to the sleep process is relaxation, using the principles of aromatherapy to help relax the sleeper and would be dreamer. However, those I know who have used herbal pillows say that a combination of hops and lavender in their herb pillows also makes for intriguing dreams.

Basic Materials You Will Need
  • A cotton pillowslip, plain muslin or bleached cotton work best as herbs may stain and you can easily wash these.
  • A fancier pillowslip which will cover the pillow decoratively, again should be easily washable.
  • Loose herbs of your choice.
  • Orris root powder as a binder.
  • Essential oil of your choice .

Basically, you just want to take the herbal mixture you've chosen (I give one of my favorite recipes below) into the pillowslip and knot off the edge, or sew it if you want to be fancier. Then cover the plain pillowslip with the decorative cover and place the herbal pillow either next to your regular pillow or beneath it. Most people choose not to sleep directly on the herbal pillow, and some even place it beneath their blankets during the day so that when they turn back the bed at night the fragrant herbal aroma greets them and surrounds their slumber

One of my favorite herbal pillow mixtures can be made by combining the following ingredients
  • 1 cup lavender flowers
  • 1 cup white rose petals
  • 1 cup hops
  • 1 cup lemon balm
  • 2 teaspoons orris root powder
  • 2 drops oil of lavender
from here  http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/science_of_dreams/64946
Found this one too

Herbal Pillows
By Karen Hegre

Editor's Note: I am always getting requests for these pillows. Karen provided us with these two recipes. They are often called Herbal Eye pillows (small versions), Dream pillows or Sinus pillows. Whatever you call them they are wonderful!

Sinus Headache Pillow

Cut two pieces of material 10 x 4 inches and sew together. Making a bag, leave one end open and stuff your bag with the following ingredients; Mix together in a bowl; 1/2 cup of flax seeds
1 part crushed spearmint leaf
1 part crushed peppermint leaf
1 part lavender buds
1 part eucalyptus leaf
1 part rosemary leaf Stuff the bag and sew of the end!

Dream Pillow

Combine the following in a bowl; 1 cup mugwort
1/2 cup rose petals
1/2 cup german chamomile
1/2 cup sweet hops
1/3 cup lavender buds
1/3 cup crushed catnip
1/4 cup peppermint Mix the ingredients together....make cloth bags from a 5 x 12 inch piece of material....fill the bag with your mixture....sew the top of the bag shut. About the author:Karen is an avid gardener and crafter. She and her husband have a Backyard Wildlife Habitat, plus 'Fairy Gardens' where the children can learn about different herbs and hear Karen read a story about the Garden Fairies and Flowers. For more information about Karen's herb, aromatherapy and nature related discussion lists visit Karen's Newsletter Page

http://www.seedsofknowledge.com/herbpillows.html
This is an interesting reading article on a cottage business that is now making lots of money making herb pillows http://ezinearticles.com/?Herb-Filled-Pillows-Make-Over-a-Million-Dollars&id=1024
I like this statement-found it on a site with this being the only written words
FRAGRANT HERB PILLOWS

These were very popular in the latter part of the last century, and you could hardly go into a home that you would not find a herb pillow. They had fancy designs crocheted on silken material. Nostalgia for the past has renewed an interest in them. Many herb combinations are used to fill pillows like rose geranium, lavender, rosemary, lemon balm and lemon verbena. Although the main purpose of these pillows is their decorative value and their sweet aroma, many claim receiving relief from insomnia by sleeping on a fragrant herb pillow. Never make any curative claims for these pillows.

another great how to article for sachets and such with dried herbs http://gardening.about.com/od/craftsanddecor/ht/Sachets.htm
and here is a how to make an herb pillow for your pets  http://www.ehow.com/how_2177041_herbal-antiflea-pillow-pet.html
I always thought these would be fun to make, can make the pillows in all different shapes and sizes too.
how about making some heart pillows? found these pictures on photobucket

Quilt Pillow With Heart Heart pillow

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