Tuesday, January 15, 2008

How to Make A Hops Pillow


If you have trouble getting a good nights rest there are well-researched herbs that are known to aid in sleep. A natural alternative which is not habit-forming or causes side effects is a better approach for your health. Here is my recipe that combines three of the most-researched sleep herbs.

Hops Humulus lupulus, (Cannabaceae [marijuana] family), has profound sedative effects - even sniffing the herb helps you doze off. Found in the wild the female flowers are most commonly used in brewing beer. Hops have been used by herbalists for thousands of years to encourage sleep. The aging process of hops (up to two years) is what allows the chemical compounds, humulone and lupulone to create a substance that is chemically similar to chlordiazepoxide (Librium) and diazepam (Valium).

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) this is an old-time sleep remedy also used for centuries for relaxation and to calm the nerves. Most commonly used as a tea in the evening to promote a restful sleep.

Lavender (Lavandula, various species) there have been accounts of British hospitals using lavender essential oil to help patients sleep. Aromatherapists like to use the oil for stress, muscle ache, skin conditions and as a sleep aid.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You'll Need

  • Muslin bag or pouch
  • 2 parts dried hops
  • 1 part dried chamomile
  • 1 part dried lavender



Step One

Use a muslin bag which allows the herbs to breathe through the fabric. Be sure you are not using a synthetic fabric for your pouch.

Step Two

Gently scoop up the herbs with a small wooden spoon and place in your bag. Tie the bag tightly to contain the herbs securely.

Step Three

Then simply place under your regular pillow at night. Sweet dreams and jelly beans (organic ones of course).

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