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How to Make Herbal Dream Pillows

In the modern world, it can be challenging to get a good night’s rest. Keeping a healthy daytime lifestyle as well as a calming nighttime ritual are excellent ways to prepare the body for restful sleep filled with exciting and inspiring dreams! There are even traditions in which herbs are used during sleep, not only to bring about peaceful snoozing, but also to create vivid, lucid dreaming landscapes sure to bring happiness, rather than grogginess, to your waking state.

The practice of placing herbs under one’s pillow dates back centuries and was originally thought to protect against evil, bring good dreams, calm bad dreams, foresee the future, or even conjure a lover into one’s life! No matter the reason, herbal pillows are an easy way to help promote peaceful sleep and encourage dreaming. These pillows are simple to prepare and make a wonderful “crafternoon” with your friends or family. The first step is to create your botanical blend from the lists below or craft your own mixture with fragrant herbs that you find pleasant, calming, or relaxing. Be sure to take notes as you build your blend so you’ll be able to make it again!

Ingredients for making herbal dream pillows include organic hops flowers, rose buds, lavender flowers, and helichrysum flowers. Cotton muslin bags are filled and tied to be placed under your pillow to help in restful sleep.

DIY Sleep Pillows

The key is to fill your pillows with relaxing aromas that stimulate the senses, but don’t overdo it. Stay away from spicy herbs like peppers. Floral aromas are more calming, and less likely to bother the senses throughout your restful slumber. Choose a combination of these brightly scented herbs:

You can also incorporate some of your favorite essential oils, in small doses, to your herbal blend before putting the herbs into your pillows.

Essential oils to try:

Filling herbal dream pillows with calming organic herbs and dried flowers. Helichrysum, rose buds, chamomile, and hops flowers in cotton bags for restful sleep.

How to Make Herbal Pillows: 

  1. Mix together your selected herbs in a large bowl.
  2. If you chose to use essential oils, add one drop at a time and mix well with a spoon, fork, or whisk, adding oil drop-by-drop as needed.
  3. Using a spoon, scoop your herbal pillow blend into a large muslin bag.
  4. Secure tightly.
  5. Place underneath, inside, or beside your pillow before bedtime, and rest easy.


Looking for more herbal crafting activities?

Try These DIY Sheet Masks with Downloadable Template!


You make also enjoy:

Moon Milk Recipes for Restful Sleep

Making Elderberry Syrup for Immune Health

Herbal Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling


Pinterest link to Mountain Rose Herbs. Filling a cotton muslin bag with herbal ingredients for a diy dream pillow to aid in restful sleep. Hops flowers, rose buds, helichrysum and chamomile flowers lend a soothing aroma throughout the night.


Topics: Aromatherapy, Recipes, Herbalism


Written by Irene on October 6, 2019

Irene's extensive experience with herbal products and DIY recipes goes back to 1997, and since 2012 she’s owned her own skincare business, Fawn Lily Botanica, where she specializes in botanical-based facial care products. Irene’s recipes have been featured in local and national publications including the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) Journal, Amaze Magazine, Willow and Sage magazine, MaryJanesFarm Magazine and Newsletter, Earth First Journal, Farming Magazine, Eugene Magazine, and the Eugene Weekly. Irene also served as a member of the Board of Directors for nonprofit Cascadia Wildands from 2013-2016.

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