Mugwort for Lucid Dreaming
Have you ever had a dream so vivid that you woke up not knowing if it was actually real or not? Having surreal dreams can make for fun and entertaining nights of sleep and interesting conversations alike. In fact, many people go out of their way to experience these life-like dreams and implement techniques to increase the chances of having them. One of these techniques includes the dream-inducing herb known as Mugwort.
What is Mugwort?
Mugwort is a perennial plant native to Europe and parts of Asia and Africa. Traditionally, Mugwort has been used as a key ingredient in the making of beer, insect repellent, and yellow dye. It was also used by Roman soldiers, who put Mugwort in their sandals to protect against fatigue and cramps. Mugwort has also been recognized for its medicinal properties and its potential as a treatment for a wide range of health conditions, such as various digestive disorders, menstrual cramps, and osteoporosis. Perhaps the most interesting property of Mugwort, however, is its effect on the dreaming mind. Mugwort has been found to improve dream recall, increase dream vividness, and stimulate lucid dreaming.
What is Lucid Dreaming?
A lucid dream occurs when a dreamer becomes aware that they are dreaming even as they remain asleep. In this state, a person can oftentimes manipulate or take control of their dream’s narrative to some degree, essentially directing the course of the dream. The phenomenon of lucid dreaming was first described by Greek philosopher Aristotle in his work On Dreams, where he reported reaching a state of awareness of his dreaming state. While lucid dreaming has been observed for thousands of years, it wasn’t until the 1970s that scientists began to uncover the mystery of these mystical dreams through scientific studies.
Researchers discovered that, just like regular dreaming, lucid dreaming occurs most frequently during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep—a phase of sleep characterized by rapid movements of the eyes, low muscle tone throughout the body, and the tendency to dream. Scientists also discovered that lucid dreaming may even have therapeutic benefits as well, and may be useful in treating conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), recurring nightmares, and anxiety. While lucid dreaming usually happens spontaneously and infrequently, there are some techniques you can implement in your life to increase the chances of experiencing these dreams yourself. One of these methods includes incorporating mugwort into your nightly routine.
How Does Mugwort Work for Lucid Dreaming
Mugwort has long been used by many cultures for prophetic dreaming and astral traveling. Mugwort’s dreaming powers may be attributed to the fact that it produces mild psychoactive effects, although there has yet to be any scientific studies conducted on this aspect of the visionary herb. Regardless of the lack of research, however, there is an abundance of anecdotal evidence of those experiencing surreal, enhanced, and/or lucid dreaming after taking mugwort. Herbalists and lucid-dream enthusiasts alike swear on mugwort’s abilities to create the perfect state for lucid dreaming.
How to Use Mugwort for Lucid Dreaming
There are various ways to prepare mugwort for your dreamtime journey including:
- Tincture: Take a half dropper of Vera Herbals Organic Mugwort Dream Oil Spagyric Tincture 30-60 minutes before bedtime.
- Tea: Use dried mugwort to make a hot tea. Click here for an awesome mugwort tea recipe.
- Smoke: Use dried mugwort to smoke in a pipe or joint. Smoke mugwort alone or create your own blend with other dream-inducing herbs, such as blue lotus, passionflower, rosemary, yarrow, and/or kava.
Keep in mind that taking mugwort alone won’t necessarily make you a lucid dreamer overnight. Lucid dreaming is a practice that requires consistent effort and the implementation of various techniques. Click here to learn about more techniques you can implement to become a practiced lucid dreamer.
While lucid dreaming may be rare and infrequent, there are various methods you can apply to increase the likelihood of having a lucid dream yourself. Consuming mugwort is not only an inexpensive option, but it is also a tried-and-true method that has been used for centuries to assist those who are curious to further explore beyond their wildest dreams.
Morris, Rebecca. “Mugwort: A Weed with Potential.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 19 Dec. 2016, https://www.healthline.com/health/mugwort-weed-with-potential.