field thistle

Field thistle (Cirsium discolor). Composite family (Compositae).

Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179): “The sweat of the earth, from which this herb is born, makes it twisted. Just as people sweat when they are anxious, so also the sweat of the earth sends forth twisted herbs that are harmful.” (Hildegard’s Healing Plants: From Her Medieval Classic Physica, p. 92.)

Photo taken at Sugarcreek Metro Park, Bellbrook, OH. 9/2/2016.

355- Roost

Flying Type: Charm. Replenish your energy with this simple sleep sachet. Please keep in mind, that I am new to sachets, and so this is pretty experimental, so feel free (as always) to change things to suit your needs. If you find something that works better for you, I’d like to hear. There’s always room to improve!

What You’ll Need~

  • Field thistle down (the soft white stuff attached to the seed)
  • 2 willow leaves
  • 1 vanilla bean/1-2 drops of vanilla extract
  • 1-2 sprigs of lavender
  • 1 small piece of amethyst
  • 1 pale blue pouch or bag


  1. Assemble ingredients, and put them into the sachet. Honestly, the amount you put in depends on size, but the numbers given above are just what I personally think.
  2. Whisper to the sachet, “It’s time to rest and reenergize, until once again it’s time to rise.”
  3. Put it under your pillow or near you when you’re ready to sleep.


  • Milkweed down is a suitable replacement for that of thistle.
  • I’ve heard that when putting crystals into sachets you should use the slim chips, which makes sense, so if you do put your sachet under your pillow it won’t be so lumpy.