Lucid dreaming is a state of sleep that enables you to become aware that you are dreaming. In other words, you become awake in your dream — allowing you to control where you go and what you decide to do in that dream.
Lucid dreaming has a lot of good effects in one’s spiritual practice and well being. However, only a few people are able to experience this naturally in a consistent manner. Knowing that you are dreaming while dreaming can happen spontaneously to anyone, but to reap the benefits of lucid dreaming, you have to know how to encourage your mind, body and spirit to flow in that direction as you sleep at night.
There are a lot of factors that you need to consider when planning to lucid dream. Although consuming these herbs independently may not be hundred percent guaranteed to work, adding these herbs to your daily regimen can greatly affect the effectiveness of lucid dreaming.
Why Lucid Dream?
Lucid dreaming has numerous benefits including: increased creativity, mindfulness when awake, spiritual healing and lesser possibility of recurring nightmares. Moreover, lucid dreaming can also complement the practices under astral projection.
4 Herbs for Lucid Dreaming
Mugwort for Astral Travelling and Healing
If you are the type of witch into prophetic dreams and astral traveling, this herb is perfect for you. Apparently, the calming and liver cleansing properties of mugwort enable you to be kept long in REM state or a conscious dream state. Mugwort is also an herb for healing, which makes it possible for you to encounter dreams that will ease your anxiety in the waking state.
Caution: Do not consume Mugwort if you are an expectant mother.
Heimia Salicifolia for Memory Travelling
The Heimia Salicifolia or the “Sun Opener” as called by the Aztecs, is an herb for directing one’s dream to a library of memories. The Heimia Salicifolia is said to have opened impossible dream portals and vivid pre-birth memories. This herb is sacred to many of our ancestors and is still used in divination practices today.
Celastrus Paniculatus for Sharpness and Focus
Mindfulness in the waking state causes mindfulness during the dream state. When your physical and spiritual body is “mentally sharp” you become more capable of catching yourself in a dream state. Drinking this herb before sleeping can enable you to generate vivid imagery in your sleep.
Blue Lotus for Deeper Sleep
Blue lotus is simply a synonym to Water Lily or the Nymphaea Caerulea. During the early times, this herb is sacred to the Egyptians and was used as a mild sedative. Today, herbalists prescribe this herb to people who struggle with insomnia and those who desire to be in a more wakeful state even when asleep.
Aside from inducing feelings of awareness and possibility of lucid dreaming, Nymphaea Caerulea can increase the quality of your sleep.
Successfully entering the state of lucid dreaming is more than just consuming these herbs. The quality of your sleep matters — consistent sleeping schedule, healthy eating habits, regular physical activity and meditation.