Monday, 1 March 2010

Lavender and Hops Pillows

The original idea for these pillows came from the TV series and book Grow Your Own Drugs. We decided to have a go at growing and drying our own hops and had lots of fun doing that.

We are going to use the hops to brew our own ale in the future, but for now I'm using them as an insomnia cure. I suffer with night waking, and tend to only get 2-3 hours sleep a night. The hops and lavender are both said to aid restful sleep, and I have to say they do seem to help.

We dried both the lavender and hops using our dehydrator, this really speeds the process up and means we can get them stored and safe quickly.

Making the pillows is really easy to do, as you can see below.

Take a muslin square. I use one muslin cloth cut into quarters.


Add a sprinkling of dried hops. The lupulin in them is still really sticky and smells very strongly.


Add 3 tablespoons of dried lavender.



Tie up with a ribbon. I recycle these from Lush gift boxes and other things.





Place under your pillow, and sleep deeply :)

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