Using herbs to help you fall asleep isn’t just an old wives’ tale; even simply smelling certain herbs can stimulate the release of hormones that affect a wide variety of feelings and responses. From calming anger and relaxing nerves to inducing sleep, aromatherapy is an excellent way to soothe the body and mind.

There are several herbal remedies commonly used to help you fall asleep (and stay asleep). Chamomile tea or a warm lavender bath are well-known for their sleep-inducing properties. However, an herbal sleep pillow may be one of the best options.

Sleep pillows are easy to make and can benefit those with or without sleep issues. A traditional sleep pillow is relatively small and flat, as it needs to fit comfortably inside a standard pillowcase. Drawstring bags are ideal, as they can be kept tightly closes and will slip unnoticed into your regular pillowcase.

Although many herbs offer sedative effects when inhaled, the perfect herb for you is completely personal and based upon your unique preferences.

The most common herbs for sleep pillows are lavender and hops; other calming herbs include sweet marjoram, thyme, rosemary, peppermint, chamomile, eucalyptus, and lemon-scented herbs (lemon verbena and lemon balm in particular). Choose any herb whose scent brings you good thoughts.

Below are several recipe blends for various sleep-related concerns. Each recipe can be fit into a 3- to 5-inch drawstring bag.

Stress Relief Sleep Pillow

For those who need help falling asleep

½ cup hops
½ cup mugwort
1/3 cup sweet marjoram

Stay Asleep Sleep Pillow

For those who need help staying asleep

¼ cup lavender flowers
¼ cup mugwort
¼ cup hops

No More Nightmares Sleep Pillow

For those who have bad dreams

¼ cup rose petals
¼ cup rosemary
¼ cup lavender flowers
¼ cup hops

Don’t be afraid to try several herbs alone or combined to find the perfect blend.

Sweet dreams!