DIY Herbal Dream Pillows

I have been having the strangest dreams lately. Dreams of stones and bones and old forest women. Of snow and trees and children who hover silently above the ground. I have been making a conscious effort to dream journal this month. To quickly jot down the strange visions and symbols that are already fading before I open my eyes. Remembering a dream is like trying to grasp water. The harder you try to hold on to it, the more it slips through your fingers. Keeping a pen and journal handy beside the bed has been really helpful for capturing those bleary-eyed memories. Sometimes I will wake to find I have documented dreams in the middle of the night that I don’t even remember. I feel like I am having midnight conversations with my own subconscious, and I have to say, it’s been pretty magical.

Hailey Faust is the hedgewitch behind The Lovely Wild. Hailing from the mountains of Montana, she loves slow living and all things seasonal and handmade and lovely and wild. You can follow her at www.thelovelywild.com or ig @the.lovely.wild.

DIY Herbal Dream Pillows (Guest Post by Hailey Faust)

There is something undeniably intriguing about the ethereal nature of dreams. Perhaps that’s why humans have always tried to decode them. To find meaning and symbols amid the bizarre and tangled plot lines. To interpret the images like runes spread upon a table. It makes sense when you think about it…dreams take us to the delicate space between our conscious mind and unconscious spirit. They allow us to peek below the veil. To see what might be lurking in the quiet corners of our psyche. To remember things our spirit’s know, but minds have forgotten. As many of you may know, this year, there is no Full Moon in February. This rare event only occurs four or five times a century, and is sometimes known as a Black Moon*. This means that February 2018 is an especially auspicious time to turn our gaze inward. To get very quiet and dig deep within ourselves. To tap into the transformative magic that lives in this fertile darkness. These simple Herbal Dream Pillows come together in just a few minutes and are a 

lovely personal ritual to honor the lunar cycle and connect to our subconscious. The herbs listed have been long prescribed by folklore for deep sleep and vivid dreams. To quiet the mind and soothe the spirit. To peek into the space between. Wishing you love and dreams, dear ones.

*A Black Moon can also refer to the second New Moon within a given month, which happens much more frequently.

***Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, nurse, or licensed healthcare practitioner. Some herbs and botanicals are not safe for pregnant, nursing mothers, or children and may not be suitable to take with certain medications or conditions. This information is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult your doctor before beginning any kind of new vitamin, herbal, diet, or exercise regime. Make sure to research all of the ingredients to make sure they are safe for you and your family.

 

Supplies:

Small linen draw string bag

Dried Lavender (for relaxation)

Dried Rose Petals (for love)

Dried Chamomile (for deep sleep)

1 bay leaf (for prophetic dreams)

 Dried Lemon Verbena (for light and happy dreams)

 Dried rosemary or thyme (to ward off nightmares)

 Dried Sage (for cleansing and protection)

Instructions:

Start by dip-dying your muslin bag. I used some lovely indigo dye I had rolling around in the back of my craft closet. Follow dye instructions and allow bag to dry. Once dry, I used a small glass to trace the new moon with gold ink.

Add your dried herbs to your moon pillow. There is really no precise formula here.

You don’t even need to use all the herbs listed. Just add small amounts of each herb, smelling as you go until you reach your desired mixture. Follow your nose on this one. Don’t forget to toss in a bay leaf or two to inspire prophetic dreams.

Place dream pillow beneath your pillow and breathe deep.

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