People have leaned on local plants, flowers, and herbs to help with sleep and influence dreaming for generations. Now it's our generation's turn to remember this and to deepen our relationship with local plants, trees, and flowers. This feels especially true when your own people have forgotten how to listen to each other, let alone how to listen to the trees, flowers, and plants all around us (who are happy to help when we listen well).
The Whidbey Deep Sleep, Sweet Dreams, and Loving Dreams sleep pillow series hold the love, wisdom, and dreams of many of our ancestors and many beloved wise women who never gave up on themselves and the plants around them. Each small (5 inch x 7 inch) linen bag is filled with an herbalist-curated (Lori-created) collection of our beloved Whidbey Island dried plants, flowers, herbs, and tree leaves/needles. The linen bags were created and sewn by Cathy, Daniel's mom. Yay human family and plant family! Let go and lean on local plants for a while--just see what happens!
To use: Tuck the sleep pillow into your pillow case or under your pillow, shut your eyes, breathe deeply, and go to sleep. Most people notice within a day or two if the sleep pillow works for them. It's up to you when and how frequently to use your sleep pillow--they work really well for some people, they don't work for others, and they may also work too well ("My dreams were too vivid and woke me up.") to use every night for some people. Know that I am not a doctor--I'm an herbalist who studies in the Wise Woman tradition and a poet and a mystic, delighted and more-than-content with the mystery.
The sleep and dream pillows use only the dried plants themselves, not essential oils or fragrances, so they're gentle. The sleep and dream pillows can be squeezed to reactivate the plant and flower scents, as needed, and they should last for a year or more, depending on your climate and frequency of use. The bags can also be unzipped to add your own local dried herbs, plants, and flowers, as needed. If you add plants at any point, make sure they've been grown well away from human-sprayed poisons, dried thoroughly, and that you've talked to local wise women and elders about any plants you add first.
Whidbey Sweet Dreams sleep pillow ingredients: Non-sprayed hops (deep sleep), lavender (feel soothed & relaxed), and pinches of chamomile (pleasant dreams), mint & yarrow (prophetic dreams & to dream of loved ones), rose petals (feel comforted, have warm thoughts, & remember kind ancestors in dreams), a tiny bit of thyme (dream of fairies, because hugging our inner child now and then is wise), & rosemary (to ward off bad dreams). All grown on Whidbey Island either here at Silly Dog Studios, on friends' properties and farms, or ethically wild gathered on Whidbey in the Wise Woman tradition.
Important: If you're allergic to one or more of the plants in this dream pillow, then this may not be the best product for you. Gift it to someone else and choose another product for yourself. Always stop using a product if your body isn't happy with it!