People have leaned on local plants, flowers, and herbs to help with sleep and influence dreaming for generations. Now it's our turn to remember this and deepen our relationship with local plants, trees, and flowers.
Herbalist grown+loved+gathered Whidbey Sweet Dreams sleep pillow ingredients: Our own (grown at Silly Dog Studios) hops (deep sleep support), lavender (supports feeling soothed & relaxed), and rose petals (support for feeling comforted, having warm thoughts, & remembering kind people and ancestors in dreams). Plus small amounts of our chamomile (used by ancestors to bring forth pleasant dreams), spearmint & yarrow (for prophetic dreams & to dream of loved ones), a tiny bit of thyme (to dream of fairies who remind us of our magic), and rosemary (to ward off bad dreams). Note that unlike our other sleep pillows this year these are slightly larger than last year's Sweet Dreams sleep pillows: a larger bag and at least 1.5 ounces by weight filled.
To use: Keep the herbal sleep pillow near your bed, give it a hug or squeeze before bedtime, and breath in sweet sleep and dream blessings from local plants, herbs, and flowers dried this summer and fall. Or, tuck the sleep pillow behind your pillow or even into your pillow case, shut your eyes, breathe deeply, and go to sleep. Most people notice within one night if the Sweet Dreams sleep pillow works for them. Listen to your body to decide when and how frequently to use your Sweet Dreams 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 vivid and woke me up.") to use every night for some people. I use mine once or twice a week, because I fall into the "My dreams were so vivid they woke me up." category of naturally dreamy humans.
A collection of other things you may enjoy:
- Our sleep pillows use only our dried plants themselves, not essential oils or fragrances, so they're gentle.
- You can squeeze them to reactivate the plant and flower scents, as needed, and they should last for a year or many more, depending on your climate and frequency of use. Squeezing them makes me happy--like squeezing my favorite humans.
- I'm a poet mystic herbalist auntie who wanders in forests, listens to whole places, and studies in the Wise Woman herbal tradition. I am curious, sensitive, quiet, delighted, and more than content with the mystery of life most days. I'm not a doctor. Ok, well, technically I am a doctor of learning (EdD). But I'm not a medical doctor. :-)
- The cotton drawstring bags can be untied to add your own local dried herbs, plants, and flowers later, as needed. If you add plants at any point, make sure they've been grown well away from human-sprayed poisons, dried thoroughly, inspected to remove insects and spiders and such, and that you've talked to local wise women and elders about what plants to add first.
- Best to supervise or keep these out of reach of small children and puppies unless you're ok with messes. At our house, puppy Cora opened one and drug it through the house last year, which made the house smell wonderful for weeks but wow was it a pain to clean up. I'm still finding lavender and rose petal bits in furniture cracks. ;-) None of these plants are considered harmful to eat a bit of but you wouldn't want unsupervised young kids to choke on the contents.
Important: If you're allergic to one or more of the plants in this Sweet Dreams sleep 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!
Medical Disclaimer: The information on this page is for general reference for further exploration and study. It is not intended as a replacement for professional medical advice. I'm an herbalist like my grandmother before me, and I am interested in community, planetary, personal, emotional, and spiritual wellness. I have a doctorate degree in education (EdD). I am not a medical doctor or a scientist, nor have I been pregnant or raised children. I lean on ever-deepening relationships with local forests, plants and herbs and flowers and lichen, local wise women, ancestors, other herbalists, insects, birds, and I love learning traditional folk ways from people who love to share them across old boundaries, every chance I get. I intentionally study forests and plants directly, plus community wellness and connectedness, resilience, self-organizing groups, playfulness and deep fun, and life as experienced by those with different ancestors than my own--because I believe these are what we need to learn more about right now. I don't study human illness and disease. So please, to make well-informed decisions for yourself, seek the guidance of your qualified health professional, such your medical doctor, nurse practitioner, naturopathic physician, and/or clinical herbalist with questions regarding your medical conditions, dosage information, and possible interactions with prescription drugs. This is especially important if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking prescription drugs, have a chronic disease or any chronic concern, have allergies, or if you are considering using products with children. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.