Lucid Dream: 5 Herbs To Help You Navigate Your Dreams

Unravel your subconscious, consciously.

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1. Calea zacatechichi

“The Dream Herb” or “Leaf of God

Calea zacatechichi is a Mexican plant used by the indigenous (like Chontal Indians) in order to obtain divinatory messages and visions during their sleep.

This plant has strong dream-inducing power, so it must be taken seriously and consciously.

Dream Herb all dried up and ready to consume. — Public Domain

It is one of the most famous and powerful oneirogenic — dream creation” — herb.

The dreams become more clear, colorful, and vivid immediately or after a few days of use, the ability to recall dreams is drastically improved and the Dream Herb is known to promote good sleep.

The Dream Herb is consumed with the intention of increasing the chances of a lucid dream state.

The dried leaves are usually smoked (better vaporized) or used in infusion as a tea.

The taste is very bitter if drunk and often is consumed in association with honey and other sweet ingredients to a more pleasant taste.

In Europe, this plant is legal, except for Poland.

2. Silene capensis

The synonymous of Silene undulata, also known as “African dream-root” is native of the west coast of South Africa.

This plant is considered a sacred plant from the Xhosa tribe, used in their tradition in association with other roots, herb, and creepers to make the”ubulawu preparation

The Flower of Silene capensis — Sqpi177, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Together with c. zacatechichi — Dream Herb — , is one of the most famous oneirogenic plants, capable of intensifying dreams and improving dream recall.

This plant is very useful for reaching the lucid dream state

The part commonly used are the roots, dried and powdered, mixed vigorously with cold water in order to obtain a foam.

Traditionally other roots and plants were added to the preparation and then, drunk following a precise ritual. One of the purposes of the ritual was to establish a connection (through the dreams) with ancestral spirits and to receive knowledge.

3. Passiflora

Photo by: Oliver P. Quillia, CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Passiflora is a botanical genre that produces plants that have been used for humans for millennia.

At normal doses, the passiflora can be a powerful ally as a sleep aid and anti-anxiety.

This plant has been used by medicine men — shamans — of multiple cultures to induce a deep sleep rich in visionary dreams.

In higher doses, the Passiflora can even bring psychedelic effects, so be respectful when you approach this natural ally.

4. Nymphea caerulae

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Nymphea cerulea , the Blue Lotus or Blue Water Lily, can be found in several regions of Africa, especially the areas close to the Nilo river.

Traditionally, the flower was eaten raw or into a decoction as a tranquilizer, promoting good and well-rest sleep.

The Blue Lotus is not a dream-inducing plant, its use in the lucid dream experience is linked with its sedative property, which promotes a deep sleep

Other benefits include anti-oxidant activity and aphrodisiac effect. These effects are probably due to the presence of several alkaloids.

In Europe, the Nymphea caerulae is legal except in Poland, Russia, Latvia ( since April 2009).

5. Gingko Biloba

Gingko Biloba is an ancient plant (150 million years) with plenty of medicinal uses and powerful effects on the brain and showing drastic improvement in concentration.

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The leaves of the Ginko are traditionally ingested as a tea but not to induce sleep or vivid dreams, but rather to improve the memory making the dreams easier to recall.

This plant is also a favorite of students who want to improve their brain performance during the times of exams!

Gingko is also known as a powerful antioxidant and in Asian culture, the presence of Ginko Biloba represents good luck.

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Exploring your subconscious: consciously.

As we try to reconnect with the wisdom of the past by approaching shamanic knowledge with a scientific approach we rediscover how to take advantage of the gifts of Earth.

Most humans dream every night. Some of them recall it easily, others go through years without even noticing that they have dreamt.

The discipline to train oneself to navigate the dream world more effectively is becoming more and more a decisive skill of self-knowledge.

A dream is a mind-expanding experience that any human can experience.

A dream is what we call a conscious peek we take at the projection of our subconscious during our sleep.

This projection contains all sorts of hidden information that is not easily accessible to the conscious mind.

This stone represents a man in the middle sniffing a Blue Lotus plant. — Brooklyn Museum, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Being able to navigate a dream with the conscious mind present is a powerful resource for self-exploration and a great way to reveal our deepest shadows.

Using nature as our ally we are presented with powerful tools that are capable of helping us to get a firmer grip on the world of dreams.

We now count on the extensive knowledge that our ancestors accumulated with their exploration of plants, fungi, and their uses, and now we are able to examine these substances with a scientific approach.

If you are looking to understand yourself better you must explore both the dark and the light parts of your being and your dreams are a direct door to the part that is hidden from your conscious awareness.

These 5 substances that I listed for you have helped humans understand themselves better for many generations and now it’s time that you rediscover your connection with nature and get a glimpse of who you actually are. Through Dreams.

Pieces of the integral man. Specialist in responsible use of psychedelics.

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