Friday, November 9, 2012

Crafts: Dream pillow and dryer bags

Cheokee dream pillow

It is said to bring good and prophetic dreams. All flowers are dried.

2 ounces lavender flowers
2 ounces sage
1 ounce ground orris root
2 ounces deer's tongue herb
1 ounce cedar shavings
2 ounces coltsfoot herb
2 ounces sweet fern
1 ounce violets

The following mixture is stuffed into a small pillow that is placed under your regular pillow or next to your head while you sleep


Homemade dryer bags

Fresh and fragrant laundry can be achieved chemical free with easy to make
lavender dryer bags. Using lavender buds gives the benefit of a natural moth
repellent, sleep aid and a natural antibacterial.
Skip the fabric softener sheets, use 1/4 cup vinegar in your rinse cycle (for
static cling help, up the amount to 1/2 cup if needed) and toss the herbal
sachets in the dryer for fresh smelling laundry.
For optimal benefit, use organic lavender.

5″ x 5″ cotton muslin or cheesecloth squares (2)

Sew large “tea bags” out of the muslin or cheesecloth squares, leaving an opening at the top to fill with lavender. Sew the top shut. No need to sew fancy, just place the squares together and sew a single seam along the top about 1/4″ from the edge.
Roughly squeeze the bags before tossing in the dryer with wet laundry. When laundry is done the scent is light, not overwhelming at all. Especially nice to use on loads of bedding (sweet, fragrant dreams).
Bags are reusable! When the lavender is no longer doing its job, take a seam ripper and open about 2″ on one end, empty the bag, refill and sew shut. For one last kick at the can, crush the used lavender and toss it around your carpet. Let sit for about an hour then vacuum.
Tip: Make more than one dryer bag so that the same bag isn’t in one load after another, alternate them so each bag has a chance to cool down before being used again.

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