Herbs for dreaming

Here is a short list of herbs that assist with the art and practice of dreaming, dream work and lucid dreaming. Some notes and cautions are given. Please note I am not a herbalist so I DO NOT know all the possible side effects and issues herbs may give some people. Also many herbs contain both active ingredients as well as poisons, sometimes they are one and the same, they will interact with other medication you are on and this can cause some pretty bad results. Taking to much will almost certainly cause issues, possibly serious harm or death.

Pregnant women: see a GP before taking any herbs they have not already got approval for.

Be careful to research your herbs well before use.

INGESTED

Calea:

An African herb that is still used as a lucid dreaming assistance herb. About 5grms is needed to actually have an effect, but its pretty bitter and can cause morning nausea in my experience. The herb is best ingested just before sleep with a heap of honey or sugar to get rid of the taste (its appalling!).

Damina

This is a per-viagra impotency cure that has a nice side effect of lucid erotic dreams. Smoking is effective, but so is making it into a long stew tea or soaking 25grm it in about 500 mls vodka for a few days. Its taste isn’t great. It will increase fertility in both genders and takes the blame for more than one “not as planned as they could have been” child.

Mugwort

Mugwort is an effective lucid dreaming tool. A few leaves under the pillow can help dreaming in ways I never thought possible. Its also effective as a tea and as a foot balm (odd but true). However it relaxes the uterus and will cause early labor in expectant mothers! This herb used to be used for abortions before safer methods were discovered.

Mugwort is given huge raves by many writers who FAIL to warn of its dark side, do not fail to mention or check for expectant mothers when using or even planting Mugwort.

Nutmeg or Mace

Both powerful hallucinogenics, both poisonous in pretty small doses. About as useful to lucid dreamers as a lead brick. Doesn’t give a “good” high, its pretty shit and you can’t stop it once you take it. Many end up in hospital on or after Nutmeg hallucinations after harming themselves. Avoid use in dreaming, stick to use in cooking in tiny 1/4-1/2 teaspoon amounts.

Valerium Root

A muscle relaxant that helps ease people into sleep. Often taken in a tablet these days advertised a “VALERIUM 500 MG” or similar. Its does not assist with dreaming, but instead is only really useful for insomnia and a mild muscle relaxant. However, for some people it has the opposite of the intended effect! Small children should not take it. It is also mildly addictive and can cause depression with long term use.

Passionflower

Another relaxant, can give a “dreamless” sleep for some, its taken in a tea. Its very effective for many, exceptionally useless for others. Its the most “hit” and “miss” herb I know, some people find it makes them more restless and agitated. Pregnant women also cannot take it.

Wormwood

Banned. Its pretty easy to get hold of though. It will cause pretty lucid hallucinations and is toxic in relatively moderate doses. Its toxic for infants and pregnant and breast feeding women cannot take it. I will not give advice on how to take it since it is banned and illegal to do so (its assisting in drug use).

NOT INGESTED

Sandlewood Oil

I have found a little sandalwood oil in a oil burner before bed promotes OBE’s, but make sure your burner is out before you sleep! Its quite expensive.

Lavender Oil

Lavender is safe in a bed pillow and the oil in a oil burner, its pretty good to help some forms of insomnia and assist with those who have dream fears.

Jasmine Oil

Jasmine is nice in a oil burner and smells wonderful, add to the fact it helps somewhat with lucid dreams, its even better.

Wattle flower oil

Unfortunately I have not much source material on this and cannot say if it is good, safe or helps.

References:

Thorpe, Ray. (2003). Happy high herbs, Possibility.com

Stuckey, Maggie. (1994). The complete herb book, Berkley, New York

Hopman, Ellen Evert. (1995). A Druid’s herbal, Destiny Books, Vermont

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