New! Formula updated autumn of 2023 to include mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca), and calendula (Calendula officinalis)!
People have leaned on local plants, flowers, and herbs to help with sleep and influence dreaming for generations. Now it's our turn to remember this as we deepen our relationship with local plants, trees, and flowers.
Herbalist grown + loved + gathered Whidbey Sweet Dreams sleep pillow ingredients (and some of their traditional uses): Whidbey-grown hops (deep sleep support), lavender (supports feeling soothed & relaxed), rose petals (support for feeling comforted, having warm thoughts, & remembering kind people and ancestors in dreams), chamomile (used by ancestors to bring forth pleasant dreams), mugwort (lucid dreams, creative dreams, remember your dreams), and small pinches of motherwort (support for feeling safe, at home, and like you are loved for being exactly who you really are), calendula (dream of fairies), spearmint (for prophetic dreams & to dream of loved ones), and rosemary (to ward off bad dreams).
To use: Keep the herbal sleep pillow near your bed, give it a hug or squeeze before bedtime, and breath in sweet sleep and dream blessings from local plants, herbs, and flowers dried this summer and fall. Or, tuck the sleep pillow behind your pillow or even into your pillow case, shut your eyes, breathe deeply, and go to sleep. Most people notice within one night if the Sweet Dreams sleep pillow works for them. Listen to your body to decide when and how frequently to use your Sweet Dreams sleep pillow: they work really well for some people, they don't work for others, and they may also work too well ("My dreams were vivid and woke me up.") to use every night for some people. I use mine once or twice a week, because I fall into the "My dreams were so vivid they woke me up." category of naturally dreamy humans.
Packaging and weight: The cotton zipper bag is reusable and was made by local women in Langley, WA (yay neighbors who can sew!). When initially filled, the herbal pillow size is roughly 4 inches high by 5 inches wide by 1.5 inches deep. Weight of the sleep pillows filled with our herbs and plants is always at least 1 oz to start.
Warning: None of these plants are considered harmful to eat a tiny bit of but you wouldn't want unsupervised young kids to choke on the contents. Best to supervise or keep these out of reach of young children and pets entirely. At our house, puppy Cora opened one and drug it through the house, which made the house smell wonderful for weeks but wow was it a pain to clean up. We found lavender and rose petal bits in corners and furniture cracks for months. ;-)
A collection of other things you may enjoy knowing:
- Our sleep pillows use only our dried plants themselves, not essential oils or fragrances, so they're gentle. If you like essential oils, you can add them but if you're sensitive to plants or have relationships with these plants, then stronger scents aren't needed.
- You can squeeze the pillows to reactivate the plant and flower scents, as needed, and they should last for a year or many more, depending on your climate and frequency of use. Squeezing them makes me happy--like squeezing my favorite humans.
- I'm a poet mystic herbalist auntie who wanders in forests, listens to whole places, and studies in the Wise Woman herbalist tradition. I am curious, sensitive, quiet, delighted, and more than content with the mystery of life most days. I'm not a doctor. Ok, well, technically I am a doctor of learning (EdD). But I'm not a medical doctor. ;-)
- The zippered bags can be unzipped to add your own local dried herbs, plants, and flowers later, as needed. If you add plants at any point, make sure they've been grown well away from human-sprayed poisons, dried thoroughly, inspected thoroughly to remove insects and spiders and such, and that you've talked to local wise women and elders about what plants to add first.
Important: If you're allergic to one or more of the plants in this Whidbey Sweet Dreams sleep pillow, then this may not be the best product for you. Gift it to someone else and choose another product for yourself. Always stop using a product if your body isn't happy with it!
Medical Disclaimer: The information on this page is for general reference for further exploration and study. It is not intended as a replacement for professional medical advice. See the Medical Disclaimer page of this website for more details. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.