Lucid dreaming is any dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming
For thousands of years, humans have placed value on the content of their lucid dreaming, deriving inner wisdom and even premonitions from them. Lucid dreaming feels like a birthright, an extra sense that allows us to process both rationally and spiritually while our body rests up.
Lucid dreams can be realistic and vivid and the dreamer is able to interact within the dream in a conscious manner. It is shown that there are higher amounts of the beta-1 frequency band (13–19 Hz) brain wave activity experienced by lucid dreamers.
To help you achieve that aim, here are 3 wild herbs that are said to help induce lucid dreaming:
Wild Asparagus Root – The flying herb
It is not, strictly speaking, wild. Like fennel in California, it has escaped from cultivation in the 400 years since Europeans brought it to the New World. Now asparagus lives in every state in the United States and every province in Canada, as well as through much of Mexico. So you’d think it would be all over the place, and indeed in a few places, it is.
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.
Taoists claim that by consuming Wild Asparagus Root a person gains the ability to fly. This flying symbolises the ability to rise above things that are mundane and is the freedom of Spirit that can be experienced when one has attained harmony. With prolonged use, this herb makes the skin soft, supple and smooth. It gives buoyancy and lightness to the body. It allows one to stay open and helps cultivate deep spiritual happiness.
It is said that with regular consumption of good Wild Asparagus Root will open the heart centre and bring one to a sense of peace and well being. It is a powerful but gentle tonic for the lungs and it helps to moisten dry lungs. Beautiful skin is a sure sign of pure blood and healthy lungs. It would be great for smokers, exposure to environmental toxins and for people with dry skin. It is also known for its dream enhancing effects. Many people report dreams in which they are flying or soaring through the sky and some people have increased lucid dream activity when using Wild Asparagus Root.
Preparation: The best way to use Wild Asparagus Root for this particular purpose, is to brew a tea from either the fresh or dried root. Keep in mind that a tea from the fresh root will be much more potent.
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 a 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.
If you already experience extreme dream states, you might think twice before taking valerian. It can intensify your nocturnal adventures quite a bit 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 valerian tincture from the dried or fresh root which can also be purchased at most health food stores.
Common used throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia for lucid dreaming. Mugwort has a rich history of use, both as a medicinal and metaphysical ally. In the middle ages, it was known as ‘Cingulum Sancti Johannis’, because Saint John the Baptist famously wore a belt of it whenever he travelled 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 lucid dreaming effects, many report that it magnifies the brilliance of colour and overall duration of their dreams.
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 illuminated journeys tonight, and many nights thereafter. Remember, like any good herbalist, you each need to do careful research on the medicinals you choose to work with.
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