This idea is not new and it is certainly not complicated. Certain aromas help us relax, so much so that some people will use aroma therapy devices at night to aid in a more restful sleep. This is the same idea but it simply requires a bit of dried herb to get started.
All you need to do is add some dried herbs to a pouch, pillow, sack, or even a sock banded at the top. Put the pouch in your own bed pillow or clutch it through the night like your own Velveteen Rabbit or like Linus’ blanket, of Snoopy fame.
My three favorite herbs for this purpose are lavender, lemon balm, and catnip, all of which help to sooth and promote better rest.
Your own favorite scent may do the trick too. I have cuddled many-a-night with Cleveland sage simply because I love it and I think about its beauty as I cuddle with it and disengage from the day.
The only real keys to success of this concept are two:
If you are making gifts, I would go in the direction of the muslin bag or make a proper pillow, possibly with a muslin lining. In a case like this, I would make a “flat” pillow — a regular pillow that is then sewn across at least twice, creating quarter sections in the pillow, just to keep the herbs dispersed a bit.
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