3 WILD HERBS FOR LUCID DREAMING
Do you remember what you dreamt about last night? How about the night before?
For thousands of years, we humans have placed a ton of value on the content of these bedtime reveries, deriving inner wisdom and even premonitions from them. Dreaming feels like a birthright, an extra sense that allows us to process both rationally and spiritually while our body rests up.
They are one of behavioral science’s biggest mysteries, with no agreed-upon theory of their origin and specific purpose. For some, dreams occur nightly, but others never experience them at all.
One thing is for sure – many who don’t dream wish they did.
Since I was young, I’ve had them on a regular basis, but have always known there were deeper places to go in this state of consciousness. The quest for many is to achieve the lucid dream, or “knowing we’re dreaming” inside the dream.
The lucid dreamers I know are able to navigate their dreamscape with an awakened mind, asking characters they come across pretty insightful questions about their spirit path. They can run, jump, and fly at will, gaining profound inner wisdom from the experience.
If you would like to dream more at night, and perhaps experience the magical lucid dream, there are three wild herbs that have been used throughout time to accomplish just that.
The herbs below are all 100% legal, and easy to get ahold of. However, please do your own research before trying any of them – herbs are medicine and they should be treated with proper caution. These plants each have a variety of other medicinal uses, but we’re focusing solely on their dream-enhancing effects.
Wild Asparagus Root – Asparagus racemosus
The Chinese word for wild asparagus root is Tian Men Dong – or heavenly spirit herb. For millennia, it’s been cherished by shamans, monks, and yogis for its heart-opening effects.
Also known as “The Flying Herb”, it’s believed that wild asparagus root helps one fly through the universe at night, achieving magnificent dreams. The wisdom schools of ancient China placed much
value on dream work, namely lucid dreaming.
In Chinese folk medicine, it is believed that this particular herb has a direct and positive effect on the heart energy, dissolving the dualities that come with our physical incarnation – black and white, left and right, inside and out. This allows our consciousness to blossom into infinite space while we sleep.
Preparation: the best way to use wild asparagus for this particular purpose, is to brew a tea of either the fresh or dried root. Keep in mind that a tea from the freshroot will be much more potent.
Valerian Root – Valeriana officinalis
This herb has been used in folk medicine for centuries as a calming aid, muscle relaxant, and to promote deep sleep. Because lucid dreaming usually requires a heightened state of slumber, it has become a commonly reported side effect of valerian root.
Many also report that valerian greatly improves the ability to remember their dreams. Robert Monroe, a famed specialist in Out Of Body Experiences, once said “Most of us dream, and those who don’t simply are not remembering them.”
Imagine an herb that not only promotes deep states of sleep that are fertile ground for vivid dreams, but also boosts our ability to remember what happened the morning after. Valerian might be just that.
Warning: Because there isn’t enough information available regarding its effects during pregnancy, women who are expecting are better off avoiding it altogether.
Keep in mind: If you already experience extreme dream states, you might think twice before trying valerian. It can intensify your nocturnal adventures quite a bit – which is wonderful when you’re having a good dream, but not-so-great if you’re having a nightmare.
Preparation: Valerian is most commonly brewed in a tea, but be careful to use water that is hot, but not boiling, in order to preserve the delicate oils in the root. Some also prepare a tincture from the dried or fresh root (this can usually be found at health food stores).
Mugwort – Artemisia vulgaris
Very common throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, mugwort has a rich history of use, both as a medicinal and metaphysical ally. In the middle ages, it was known asCingulum Sancti Johannis, because Saint John the Baptist famously wore a belt of it whenever he traveled through the woods. It is referenced often in Celtic and Norse mythology as a magical plant that can ward off evil, and was hung in doorways and burnt as incense to clear stagnant air and prevent illness.
Mugwort is known as “Molush” by the Chumash Indians of California, and its Paiute name translates literally to “Dream Plant”. It’s often smoked in indigenous ceremonies, and interestingly, is also hailed by various tribes for its power to ward off evil, bad spirits, and disease.
Known for its dream-enhancing effects, many report that it magnifies the brilliance of color and overall duration of their mid-slumber journeys. On a personal note, I’ve had some lovely experiences with this one
Mugwort grows just about everywhere. You’ll often find it underfoot, whether in the woods or walking through an overgrown urban environment. Is it sheer chance that this sacred herb that reportedly heightens consciousness is sprouting up all around us?
Preparation: Like the two plants mentioned above, Mugwort is quite often taken as a tea, but can also be smoked in a pipe. The leaves of the Mugwort plant are what contain the active chemical constituents.
I wish you wonderful and wisdom-packed journeys tonight, and many nights thereafter. Remember, like any good herbalist, we each need to do careful research on the medicinals we choose to work with – this is a central pillar of the plant path.
Everyone deserves to dream,
Director, The Sacred Science
Grow Your Own Lucid Dream Garden
Yes that’s right there are herbs for lucid dreaming! and.. you can grow them yourself!
First let’s look at what Lucid Dream Herbs are and then will look at which ones you’ll need to grow!
Dream herbs are otherwise known as “oneirogens”. From the greek language “oneiros” to dream and “gen” to create. This word refers to any substance that produces a dreamlike state. From herbs, supplements and vitamins.
Today we’re just focusing on the Dream Herbs for your lovely lucid dream garden! These are found throughout the world in many different countries and have been used in traditions for thousands of years. Dreaming can play a big role in the overall health of humans emotionally and physically. Since these dream herbs have such a long history of use it’s safe to stay they’re here to stay and now you get a chance to grow them yourself. Not only do these plants enhance your dreams, most all of them have other health benefits to boot!
There is a large number of herbs used for dreaming so we’re going to focus on the most effective and widely known ones. Below there is also a list of other dream related herbs for your Lucid Dream Garden!
Lucid Dream Garden Plant #1- Mugwort
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) is a well known european herb that has naturalized in many parts of the world. Otherwise known as cronewort it has quite the ability to increase lucid dreaming. It can bring up the darker side of your subconscious so that you can deal with it naturally. Most of the time people just experience a heightened sense of awareness in their dreamworld making it easier to fly around and do as you like. It also has other medicinal applications as well!
How to Grow- Full sun, low water. Sow seed indoors or directly unto soil. Plant in a location that has full sun. As a rough idea of the types of climates Mugwort does best in, check to see if your local area is within USDA Hardiness Zones 4 and 8. Mugwort is a hardy plant and can survive close to or freezing temperatures. It has silvery green foliage and unique blossoms. A friend to the birds and bees. Harvest leaves when the plant first show signs of flower buds. This plant is very easy to grow!
Lucid Dream Garden Plant #2- Dream herbs
Dream herb (Calea zacatechichi) is a sacred herb originally from Oaxaca, Mexico where it is used as a sacrament in order to speak with god. The indigenous name for this special herb is “the-pekano” which translates to leaf of god. It is used to increase lucidity and receive important message from the spirit world by means of dreams. It is also great for digestion and fevers. It’s quite the bitter tea, so you may need a lot of honey or to put it in capsules.
How to grow- Full sun to partial shade, moderate water annual. Sow seed indoors, plant after the danger of frost. It is from a subtropical region however it acts an annual anywhere it will snow or freeze so if you’d like to keep you dream herb for the next growing season be sure to bring it in during those freezing winter months. It has unique off white feathery flowers(make sure to collect seeds as this plant is fairly rare!) Harvest after the plant goes to seed. This plant is fairly easy to grow.
Lucid Dream Garden Plant #3- Xhosa Dream Root
Xhosa Dream Root (Silene capensis/undulata)- This is one of my favorite dream herbs. it’s easy to grow and is very ornamental. Originally from the Eastern Cape of South Africa where it is used as a holy sacrament for special dream divination ceremonies. From increase OBE’s(Out of Body Experiences) to dream recall this herb is by far one of the most powerful dream herbs out there!
How to grow- Full sun to partial shade, low water perennial. Sow seeds indoors before last frost, plant in full sun location. Preferably in pots for easy harvesting. It is an annual where there is long freezes so you can bring them in to keep them for the next growing season. The plant has very beautiful fragrant jasmine scented flowers. Be sure to collect the seed as this is another rare species! Harvest root the second year for best results.
So now you have 3 really easy to grow plants for your dream garden! As you may already know there are many other lucid dream plants out there for you growing and dreaming pleasure. Some are easier to grow than others. Here is list of dream herbs that you can also plant in your lovely Lucid Dream Garden!
Acorus calamus (Calamus root)
Asparagus cochinchinensis (Wild Asparagus)
Verbena hastata/officinalis (Vervain)
Artemisia absinthium (Wormwood)
Celastrus paniculatus (Celastrus Seed)
Cymbopogon densiflorus (Lemongrass)
Cyperus articulatus (Piri Piri)
Entada rheedii (African Dream Herb)
Helichrysum spp. (Imphepho)
Hemidesmus indicus (Indian Sarsaparilla)
Humulus lupulus (Hops)
Ilex Guayusa (The Watchman’s plant)
Kaempferia galanga (Galangal Root)
Lactuca virosa (Wild Lettuce)
Matricaria recutita (Chamomile)
Ocimum sanctum (Holy Basil)
Passiflora incarnata (Passion Flower)
Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli Leaves)
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary)
Synaptolepis kirkii (Uvuma-omhlope)
Tagetes lucida (Mexican Tarragon)
Turnera diffusa (Damiana)
Valeriana officinalis (Valerian Root)
Verbena hastata/officinalis (Vervain)
Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha)
Written By Aaron Weis
About The Author
Aaron Weis is a Certified Herbalist, Avid Blogger, Health Consultant, Rare Plant Collector and Business Owner @ http://www.dreamcatcherbotanicals.com/
Aaron has been helping people reach their dream and health goals for over 8 years. As a Certified Herbalist from the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism and a passionate plant person that can point you in the right direction. Through helping hundreds of people with herbs and healthy living practices he’s found effective ways to get you to your goals.
Alternatives for Lucid Dreaming
‘Lucidity’ is a word that basically can be summed up as ‘awareness.’ In the realm of dreaming, lucid dreaming states are ones that you are aware of…unfortunately, many times that we are aware that we had the MOST amazing dream, but those memories can be elusive, slippery things.
Meditating with dreaming stones and crystals before bedtime and/or tucking them under your pillow can help you hold onto and tap into the wisdom imparted upon you in your slumber. Keep a dream journal bedside – ready to fill up as your mantras and intentions for peace and joy and clarity work their magic.
Quartz Crystals for Dream States
Relished for its ability to be programmed for just about any type of amplification and manifestation purposes, clear quartz is always a favorite crystal for dream work. Once you program quartz stones, the dream program you set will remain until you clear and recharge them. Here are two other stones beyond clear quartz to promote lucid dreams.
Beta Quartz: Often in hues of bronze/brown, beta quartz is frequently utilized for divining and learning the answers to any question. Skilled practitioners use it for decoding and encoding the patterns of their visions and dreams. One of the coolest discoveries about this stone is that some believe that beta quartz can restructure DNA and many use it help treat aggressive illnesses!
Dream Quartz: Dream quartz lives up to its name by promoting deeper sleep and dream recall. Many users report powerful conscious connections with their ‘power/spirit animal’when using these dreaming stones. These stones are somewhat costly, and do contain lithium, but they are the ideal recipe for a dream filled magic carpet ride!
Azurite for Awakening and Accessing Intuition
If you want to open up yourself to the meaning of your dreams, consider azurite, which is a top choice for dream work. This yummy Third Eye chakra activator is a ‘stone of heaven’ known for its array of qualities as a healing crystal. Native Americans often employed its potential to contact spirit guides, and the Mayans believed it inspired the actualization of one’s mystical and psychic self, opening them up to ancient wisdoms and insights.
Moldavite for Transformation in Dreams
This stone for transformation is great for use alone or in combination with other healing crystals. Using this stone for dream work can help you hone in on any area of growth you are focusing intentions upon, meaning it expedites healing within all seven chakras and also propels lucid dream states and better recall abilities.
Herkimer Diamonds Harnesses Dream Messages
If psychic visions and dream recall are on your night time wish list these prized attunement stones can facilitate such intentions. As a powerful record-keeper, Herkimer diamonds are excellent for energy information transfers, allowing you to tap into dream insights later. These stones are also used among groups of individuals who wish to ‘share’ universal insights from both dreams and the awakened state.
Chinese Writing Rocks & Dream States
Chinese Writing Rock
These healing stones are excellent for focusing on specific, pre-determined subjects that you want to dream about. Directing your dream states is a natural ability for many and often the envy of those who cannot. Chinese writing rocks are excellent in elixir formulations to promote dream states and to use with dreaming herbs.
Other Healing Stones and Crystals for Dreaming to Consider…
Labradorite – A favorite stone to use in daydreaming efforts.
Chrysocolla – Fosters prophetic dreams by inducing soothsaying trances.
Covellite – Promotes conscious dreams as one aspires to make them realities.
Ametrine – Gain wisdom and insight from dreams with ametrine’s aid.
Rubies – Protects against nightmares and distressing dreams, great for adolescents!
Angelsite – Helps channeling within dreams and bringing them into this reality.
Fire Opals – Boulder Matrix and other fire opal really bring out fiery dreams.
Malachite – Promotes dreams filled with vivid imagery fostered by the imagination.
Amethyst – This workhorse is ideal for dream interpretation and 3rd eye activation.
Many other stones and crystals promote lucid dreaming, and their power can also be enhanced when utilized in combination with herbs for dreaming. I find some fantastic lucid dreaming tracks and isochronic tones on YouTube to play while I sleep such as the one below. What are your favorite stones, herbs, and sounds for dreaming states?