By Isa Reynolds and Molly Luccini, 7th Graders
If you are having some trouble sleeping, our dream pillows are the thing for you! Our dream pillows contain two medicinal herbs called lavender and mugwort. Most people have heard of lavender but don't know that it has some quite amazing healing properties. Lavender has a sedative effect on the central nervous system and reduces anxiety, nervousness, irritability, and stress. Lavender is also a more natural approach to help with insomnia, It promotes sleep, decreases motor activity, and lengthens your duration of sleep. This provides a natural and restful sleep. Lavender is a very important herb and what most people don't realize is that it is right in their backyard!
Our dream pillows also contain mugwort. People have been using mugwort for thousands of years but it is a less commonly known medicinal plant so allow us to tell you a bit about it! Mugwort is a perennial plant that usually grows in the warmer areas of the Northern Hemisphere. It is native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa. Because it is related to ragweed and can cause allergic reactions, people usually kill or remove it. Mugwort is known to help you get a calming and very dreamy sleep. It is also said to help people have clear and bright dreams. It also has many antibacterial properties.
We grow all the herbs used in our infused oils and dream pillow here on campus. Read our blog post on how we harvest, dry, and infuse our oils in another post!
The process of making these pillows is fairly simple. After drying the herbs we packaged them in small, porous, cloth drawstring bags so that the pleasant fragrance can be easily enjoyed. Next, we cut a fun cloth to size for the case of the pillow. We then took bunting and wrapped the herb sachet in a lining of stuffing for softness. To make the pillow, we sewed together three sides of the pillow and put the sache into the case. Then we folded in the edges of the pillow, and sewed the last edge in.
You can use this pillow by putting it in your pajama drawer and giving your nighttime clothes an aroma of sleepiness, or you could just let it sit on your bed while you sleep. The dream pillow is about four by five inches in size, not very big, but large enough to assure you sweet dreams!