Hey there everyone!
I've been suffering from insomnia lately, so I thought I might share a helpful natural sleep-aid I've found! The insomnia I have is not always the kind where I just cannot get to sleep, though I do have bouts of that as well, but mostly the kind that when I finally *do* fall asleep, it is not a restful sleep, so I wake up late the next day just as tired as I went to bed.Well, after doing a lot of reading, I finally gathered all the herbs I needed to make an herbal sleep pillow! I chose dried Hops flowers, chamomile, lavender, peppermint, and rose buds. I hope to get some valerian soon as well! I made a very flat one that I put under my pillow at night. Putting under my pillow makes it where the scent is not quite so heavy in the air. I have really noticed a difference. It doesn't like just knock me out as soon as I lay down, but I definitely don't toss and turn as much as I did, and it helps me relax so much.
If you suffer with trouble sleeping, I've also found that a cup of tea before bed is always nice. I usually have peppermint, or decaf black tea, but I also enjoy herbal unwind african honey bush. There is also "sleepytime" tea, which I've not yet tried.
I've read that turning off your computer/tv/laptop at least an hour before bed is also a very good thing to do, but I never seem to be able to manage it. Often my only real leisure time on the computer is around 9 or 10 at night, and I usually go to bed around 11 or so. So it often happens that I shut my laptop, and hop right into bed, terrible habit I know!
Anyway, back to the pillow!
The amounts of herbs will vary, depending on what size you make your pillow, but I put half a cup on each herb into mine - skimping on a few of them, and heaping a few a bit higher than half a cup.
I would recommend - as always - to purchase organic herbs if at all possible, or growing your own.
For your sleep pillow you will need the following herbs
Dried Peppermint leaves
Dried Hops Flowers
I purchased the chamomile from Natural Earth Oils on Etsy, and I was very pleased with it! The rest I purchased from Mountain Rose herbs. I know I sound like a salesman for them, but I seriously love their stuff. :)
Other options are
You can also add in some essential oils, lavender being the most recommended.
I took two retangles of fabric right sides together, and sewed the seams, leaving a largish gap on one of the smaller sides/ends, that I first turned the pillow out from, and then added the herbs into, and whip stitched it shut. I'll be making another one for a friend, so I'll be sure to take pictures or a video to show you, and I'll be adding pictures of mine to this post, so check back soon!
In other news, last week I got my order I talked about in my last post, which was my herbal oils sampler, beeswax, and some containers from MRH!! I am so excited about making my own injur heal salve! Yay!
I have a bruise that I applied the Injure-heal oil onto, and I can't wait to see if it helps. I've got an insanely busy rest of the week, and next week will be pretty crazy too, so I won't be making the salve for awhile, but I'll be sure to post about it, and hopefully I'll be able to get a video, and actually turn the camera on. :)
Well, busy day tomorrow, so I better go.