Dreams can be a powerful way to connect with Spirit. Use herbs for dreaming to aid in dream recall, lucid dreaming, astral projection, and peaceful sleep.
Long before Freud, humans have been using dreams to help them figure out their lives. Religious texts are full of prophetic dreams, and today the internet is awash with dream interpretations. You can find the meaning for everything from snakes to sandwiches.
Many witches believe that dreams can bring us messages from our subconscious, our spirit guides, or from Source itself. Witches have long used herbs and botanicals to aid in sleep and dreaming. Whether you're aiming for lucid dreaming, banishing nightmares, or better dream recall, there's an herb for that.
Remember, herbs are powerful, so please be careful if you're ingesting or inhaling smoke from herbs. Some herbs are safe to use in some ways or parts but not in others. Some herbs are not safe for pregnant women. Also, some herbs can interfere with prescription medications. Be sure to consult a professional before taking any of these herbs into your body.
7 Common Herbs for Dreaming
Here are some of the most commonly used herbs for dreaming. You can use these dried, fresh, or as incense or essential oil. Make sure you do your own research to decide which herb in which form will suit your needs best.
- Bay - Place under your pillow or use the essential oil for prophetic dreaming and improved dream recall.
- Lavender - Probably the herb most commonly associated with sleep, it can help you relax into a calm, peaceful sleep for dreaming. It can also be used to increase psychic power.
- Violet - Can be used to aid sleep and prevent nightmares.
- Mugwort - A popular herb for opening the mind, it can be used to encourage relaxation, tranquility, prophetic dreams, and astral projection. This herb is not safe for pregnant people. The essential oil, sometimes called armoise, is not safe for use by anyone.
- Star Anise - Increases psychic awareness, opens the third eye, and aids in astral projection.
- Chamomile - Aids in restful sleep and peaceful dreaming.
- Rosemary - Known as a great memory herb, it can help stimulate dreams and aid in dream recall.
Ways to use herbs for dreaming
Many books of witchcraft have entire chapters on dreaming, so there are many different ways to use these herbs in your dreamwork.
- Create an infusion to add to a nighttime bath.
- Brew a tea full of dream-enhancing herbs before bedtime.
- Create your own incense blend before bed. DO NOT fall asleep with anything burning in your house.
- Sew yourself a dream pillow stuffed with herbs for dreaming.
- Blend an oil made from dream-enhancing herbs and massage it into your skin, especially the soles of your feet, before bedtime.
- Create a dream herb tincture, and take a few drops under your tongue before you fall asleep.
- Keep these plants in pots in your bedroom.
I hope your dreams bring you peace, wisdom, and spiritual insights. Try adding a dream journal to your practice to help you keep track of your dreams over time. Remember to use these herbs safely, and be creative with your craft. May your dreams be awesome, my friends.