Herbal Pillows for Sleep, Travel and Kitty
  • Difficulty Beginner

Details

Lavender Pillows

It is very comforting tucking a small fragrant pillow packed with herbs and/or some essential oils under your pillow.  Always make sure you only use dried herbs to fill sleep pillows and drip the Essential Oils onto the herbs and mix well.

Make a rectangular "pillow" with light cotton material, and seal with three sides with either washable glue, or sew the edges leaving one narrow end open. Use some off cuts of wadding to padd out the pillow case.

You can either fill the outer case directly with the herbs, or insert one or two Heat Sealable Tea Bags inside the washable cover slip.

 

SLEEP PILLOW

  • 30g Rosemary Leaves
  • 30g Jasmine Flowers
  • 30g Lavender Flowers
  • 15g Chamomile Flowers
  • 1 tablespoon Marjoram
  • 1 tablespoon powdered Orris Root or Sandalwood Powder 

Method: 

  • Mix the dried herbs in a bowl, and drip in the Essential Oils

  • Stir well to evenly distribute the oils

  • Fill the Heat Sealable Tea Bags with approximately 1 tablespoon per bag and seal with a medium/hot iron

  • Slide into the pillowcase inside the wadding and tuck well in

  • Sew or fasten the open end

 
To Use:  Place under the pillow when retiring.  Refresh by scrunching the herbs, and add more Essential Oils if needed.

This is not intended as a cure for any medical condition, if the condition persists seek advice from a professional Medical Practitioner.



TRAVEL PILLOW

A lovely blend to tuck under your head whilst travelling by road or air.  This blend of herbs will help alleviate nausea and travel sickness.

50g Lavender Flowers
50g Southernwood
50g Peppermint or Spearmint
50g Lemon Balm or Lemon Verbena
50g Meadow Sweet
50g Rosemary Leaves
1 tablespoon Cardamon
1 tablespoon Marjoram
1 tablespoon Orris Root
A few drops Ginger and Peppermint or Spearmint Essential Oil

Method:

As above

HERBAL CAT CUSHION

Don't forget your Purry Friend whilst gathering your herbs!  Wormwood helps to keep away fleas and most cats are thoroughly besotted with catnip (though there are a few exceptions). In 1636 John Gerard, Herbalist, noted regarding catnip "..cats are very much delighted herewith, for the smell of it is so pleasant unto them that they rub themselves upon it, and wallow or tumble in it and also feed on the branches and leaves very greatly".

  • 50g Catnip 
  • 15g Wormwood 
  • 15g Lemon Balm or Lemon Verbena 
  • 1 tablespoon Mint or Spearmint 
  • 1 tablespoon Southernwood

Enclose the dried herbs into a nice comfy flat pillow where your feline likes to sleep.  Alternatively, the herbs can be enclosed in small sachets and placed in and around under your cat's bedding. Scrunch the pillows/sachets when the scent needs refreshing.

Important:  Cats and Essential Oils are not compatible - never use essential oils on cats.