Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Restful Recipes

Good morning, sweet friends!! We made it through, all the plants are safe, thanks be to God!!! We are tired but we are grateful!!!

Now I can get back to some of these other good things I had to put off - like these recipes for sleep pillows and sachets!! First, let me tell you a few things about sleep pillows that you may not know. It does not actually have to be a pillow. it can be a sachet that hangs on a door knob or bedpost, as it does not have to be under your pillow to work. That being said, you can make them in sachet form for say, a baby's room, for soothing sleep without worry about a pillow in a crib. Or hang on in the guest room, or simply because some people are uncomfortable with anything under their pillow (you remember the Princess and the Pea!!). They can be made as a flat pillow, and I do not still have my pictures of some that I made, but I did them with various cotton fabrics, including vintage ticking and vintage pillow case fabric or old linen, and dressed them up with simple laces and ribbons.

Marji's Sleep Pillow

1 cup sweet woodruff
1/2 cup lavender flowers
1 cup hops flowers
1/2 cup pinhead orris root tossed with 1/2 teaspoon
oil of lavender

Flower-Mint Sleep Mix

2 cups rose petals
2 cups spearmint (Mint the Best)
1 tablespoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon pinhead orris root

Headache Pillow

2 parts lavender
1 part lemon thyme
1 part lemon verbena
1 part sweet woodruff
a pinch of rosemary

Geranium Pillow

4 parts rose scented geranium leaves
1 part lavender
1 part hops
1 or 2 drops rose geranium oil on a small piece of
cotton wool

Baby's Gentle Sleep Pillow

2 parts lavender flowers or rose petals
1 part sweet woodruff

I hope you have fun experimenting with these!! Aromatherapy is a very old practice and I am glad to see that we are coming back to it. No self-respecting Victorian lady would lay down without a frilly little pillow filled with lavender or rose petals!! Sweet dreams, my special friends, and restful thoughts of spring!!!



Tami said...

Mmmmmmm there is nothing like the smell of it!! One day when Mr. Wonderful is out of the Navy and we are settled....I dream of an herb and vegie garden....with a few free range hens pecking about the yard and fresh laundry flapping in the breeze.

Glad to hear that you saved all your plants....I hear it is going to be a sticky one today!

Hugs~ T

Anonymous said...

Oh Marji!! I do love these so! I have some lavender oil, so will have to look for all of the other ingredients. Will definitely try to use these recipes in my upcoming creations.
Thanks so much for commenting on my lunch...that post was pure impulse~~oh Well!
Don't work too hard..

Hugs and Blessings,

marie said...

Thank you so much for sharing these delightful recipes. I have some old cutter quilts and linens that would make wonderful pillows. Thanks so much for the inspiraton!

You have a lovely blog!