Dream Pillows Soothe Nightmares of War
Copyright©2009, Jim Long
The voice on the other end of the phone I’d just answered said, “Hello.
I’m Mary. I’m a member of a motorcycle gang, and I want to order some
dream pillow materials.”
The caller went on to tell me that her group consisted of several men
who had served in Vietnam in the 1960s. Her husband, she said, suf-fered
from persistent nightmares from that war and seldom slept through the
night without waking in terror. Mary had bought my book, Making Herbal
Dream Pillows, at a bookstore, found my website listed and had ordered a
dream pillow from my company. “I wanted one from the source,” she said
with a laugh.
I was imagining a motorcycle gang, dressed in their leathers, riding
the roads on big Harleys, sleeping on the side of the road, roaring
through dusty desert towns. How could a sweet little dream pillow fit
into that scene?
Without hesitation, Mary began to describe the events that led up to her
phone call. She’d ordered the Restful Sleep Pillow, willing to try
anything that might help her husband sleep, placed the tiny pillow
in-side his pillowcase as they camped, and didn’t tell him. Since the
pillows are intentionally made to have a very subtle fragrance, he
wasn’t tipped off to its presence.
The first morning after the dream pillow was placed, she said he came to
the campfire seeming very relaxed and mentioned that he’d slept through
the night. Nothing more was said.
After the second night, she said her husband came to the morning
campfire and, as he visited with fel-low road hogs, said, “I’ve slept
two nights in a row without nightmares. This fresh air is really good
for sleeping!” Mary kept quiet, happy to be seeing results, but not yet
certain of the source.
More mornings followed without comment, then on the fifth day her
husband said out loud that he’d been almost a week without a flashback
nightmare and didn’t know why. Mary sheepishly said it was the dream
pil-low she had placed in his pillowcase five nights before. He didn’t
believe it, and Mary said, “I’ll prove it,” and dragged his pillow out
of their tent. She directed him to fish around in the pillowcase and
bring out whatev-er he found as their friends watched.
He was dumbfounded. “I have no idea what this is,” he said, “but it’s amazing and it works, so keep it in the pillowcase.”
The reason for Mary’s call was to say that the six other Vietnam
veter-ans in the group all wanted their own dream pillow, and she needed
to order materials to make dream pillows as they traveled across the
My Restful Sleep Pillow recipe is good for soothing nightmares of all
types, and it’s simple to make. But remember, never use any oil,
fragrance or essential oil in a dream blend because they can cause very
unpredictable dreams. Always wash the cloth you use to make the pillow,
as the dye and sizing can cause headaches or nightmares. Finally, use
the best, well-dried herbs and flowers (not any that have been stored
with other fragrances).
(We sell Restful Sleep blend in individual, ready made pillows, as well offering it in bulk; click on the link to see or order this Pillow)
Restful Sleep Pillow
(This is the same blend I learned from a pharmacist over 30 years ago).
1 tablespoon dried rose petals (any color as long as they are fragrant and not chemically treated)
1 teaspoon dry, chopped mugwort
1 teaspoon dry, chopped marjoram
1 teaspoon dried hops (broken up a bit with your fingers)
Mix herbs together. Sew cloth to make a 5-by-5-inch pillow, into which
you’ll place some fiberfill, herb mixture and a bit more fiber-fill, and
sew the pillow closed. To use, simply place the pillow any-where inside
your pillowcase — it doesn’t matter where since most people move their
heads around during sleep anyway.
We sell the bulk ready-mixed blends for making dream pillows on our Dream Pillows page (click here). You'll find all of our Dream Pillow folders, cotton bags and other things on this page, too.