Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Dream Pillows

(I've made these dream pillows before - not only do they help you sleep well they make your bedroom smell so nice and inviting. I used in the herb mixture lavender, rose, camomile, st. johns wort & a bit of rosemary. I used lavender essential oil to mix all the herbs with. Used a celestial print for the outer cover of the pillow. All I need to do from time to time is apply a bit more lavender oil to the herb packet and it's good to go.)

Dream Pillows


Making dream pillows for specific purposes is an excellent
way to make your subconscious mind work with you on problem
solving, prophecy, rest, etc. Dream pillows will also help
when you are having nightmares.

You will need a piece of unbleached muslin; a piece of
fancy cloth or you can decorate some muslin; your choice
of herbs and/or oils; a wooden or glass bowl and a wooden
spoon. Never use metal!

Before making the pillow decide what you will be using it
for. Maybe you will be making more than one. Choose your
herbs and oils according to your pillows use.

To make a dream pillow, cut out two pieces of muslin or plain
cloth to hold the herbs. These pieces of muslin should each be
12" by 8". With the wrong sides together, stitch down the 8"
side 3/4" seam, stitch one side of the 12" end and across the
other 8" side. Three sides of the fabric should be sewn. Turn
inside out. This is the "inner pillow" in which you will put
your herbal mixture.

Make the outer pillow by cutting the materal 12" by 8" and
sewing the edges 3/8" seams. Make the same as above. If you
wish to embroider it in any design or decorate it with fabric
paints you should do it now. If you plan to make this cover
removable for washing, turn down a small hem on the open end
and attach small velcro strips or snapes on it to keep it
closed.

In the bowl, mix together the herbs you have chosen with a
wooden spoon. This is done gently, rather like tossing a
salad. With an eye dropper, add the chosen oils to the herbs.
Use no more that a total of 5-6 drops at a time until you
reach a strength to your liking. Remember, what smells nice
standing over the bowl may well be too strong when you sleep
on the pillow, so be careful.

Fill your "inner pillow" with the herbal mixture. Don't pack
it full or it will be uncomfortable to sleep on. Leave it a
little flat. Turn in a little of the open end so the raw edges
are inside, then sew this end shut. Slide this into your
decorated cover, attach the fasteners/velcro and you are ready
for sweet dreams.

Some oils you could use

Bergamot: (not the mint kind!) soothes the nerves, gives relaxing
sleep.

Hyacinth: Stops nightmares.

Jasmine: helps increase psychic dreams, lifts depression, quiets
the nerves, is calming.

Lavender: relaxing deep sleep.

Lilac: recalling past lives.

Mimosa: prophetic dreams, getting to the truth, making decisions.

Some herbs that you could use

Angelica: prophetic dreams and visions.

Anis: use just a little to repel nightmares.

Bay laurel: inspiration, repels negativity.

Cedar: helps to repel bad dreams.

Cloves: use just a tiny amount because of the strong odor.
retrieving buried memories.

Hops: restful sleep and healing.

Marjoram: relieves depression.

Mugwort: visions and prophetic dreams.

Mullein: repels bad dreams.

Rosemary: use just a little as it is very strongly scented.
relieves nightmares and headaches.

St. Johns wort: banishes spirits.

Valerian: deep rest. Some cats love this herb as much as catnip
sokeep it out of their reach

Source: ADailyTarot

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