Aromatherapy is an incredible tool when it comes to rest and relaxation, so if you’ve been tossing and turning at night, a lavender sleep sachet may be all it takes to help you drift off. It’s soothing scent acts like a mild sedative and makes you drowsy, while it’s also been shown to improve mood. People who are experiencing depression and anxiety are at least 4 times as likely to suffer sleepless nights, so a mood boost is important to enjoy being asleep as well as awake!
You can make these as fancy or simple as you like. If you’re handy with a needle and thread there’s no end to the creative touches you can add to how they look, and they make great gifts, especially for someone you know who is stressed out.
You will need…
-Two 6 inch squares of lightweight breathable fabric-muslin is preferable, but thin cotton or cheesecloth works as well
-Thread, needle, scissors, ribbon
-Dried lavender flowers
*you can also purchase little bags or sachets premade if you prefer*
Cut 2 pieces of thin, breathable, fabric such as muslin or cheesecloth, into 6 inch squares. Put the two pieces of fabric together with the colored or patterned sides facing inwards, if there is one-we turn the sachet inside out after we sew it, so this is an important step. Thread your needle, pin the sides if need be, and sew 3 of the four sides together. It doesn’t have to look beautiful (you could even cut up an old cotton tee shirt and recycle it this way) but make sure there are no gaps.
Turn the fabric inside out, so the colored side is now showing. Fill with dried lavender, leaving enough room at the top to tie it off.
Add a drop or 2 or lavender essential oil (or however much you prefer) and then use your ribbon to tie the bag shut tightly. Place under your pillow or in your pillowcase or on a bedside table. This sachet is also good put in clothes drawers, giving them a nice fresh scent.
Alter the size of your sachet if you like, and do experiment with different blends of herbs! For example, chamomile is also relaxing. Add it to your lavender and you have an extra-sleepy sachet. Rosemary is invigorating and increases alertness, while jasmine is stimulating. Make a little sachet of those two and set it on your desk so you don’t doze off at work. Essential oils are optional, but they shouldn’t be underestimated (did you know that just a little bit of clove oil can get rid of a toothache?) They give the scent of the sachet that little extra boost and really make the aroma tangible and effective, so use them if possible. There’s no end to the combination of herbs you can put together to create a delightful little sachet that can benefit you (or your friends) in a fabulous number of ways.
Just a few examples of different scent blends and their uses…
Rose-Sandalwood-Orange: Improves mood.
Rosemary-Lemon: enhances memory and boosts concentration.
Peppermint-Lemon: Invigorates and energizes mind and body.
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