How to: Fall Asleep with a Dream Pillow

Fall Asleep with a Dream Pillow Are you tossing and turning before you finally fall asleep? Making a Dream Pillow filled with aromatic herbs such as Lavender, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Rose Petals, Damiana, Catnip, Hops and Linden can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Why? Because our sense of smell (the Oflactory Bulb) resides in the same part of our brain as the hypothalamus, which controls things like hunger, thirst, pleasure, pain, body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate. This part of the brain also houses the pituitary gland, which controls our adrenal glands. So taking in relaxing scents before you sleep lowers your heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and adrenaline levels, which can make falling asleep easier to do. Throw a bunch of herbs in a small linen teabag and put them under your pillow. Or get fancy and sew a little silk or velvet pillow, thinking relaxing thoughts with every stitch! If you want to increase your dream memory, add Mugwort! Sweet dreams! Salud! Claire Herb Shoppe Internship Coordinator & Educator

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