If you have purchased some herbs for lucid dreaming, or ordered some of my lucid dream herbal blends, you may be wondering which is the best way to use them. Personally I find making tea is the easiest and most effective method for lucidity, (with the exception of blue lotus - this one is even better when made into blue lotus wine) but there are many more ways to use herbs depending on your preferences. Let's take a look at some of the most popular methods:
One of the best ways of using your dream herbs is to make a herbal tea, or herbal infusion. An infusion is basically the same thing but is steeped for a longer time. All you need to do is add a tsp of dried herb to boiling water, brew for 5 minutes if you want tea or 10 minutes for an infusion, and then strain. Infusions are slightly more effective but may taste a little more bitter so it is really just a matter of personal preference.
If you don't own a tea strainer (I know many people don't these days!), then another alternative is to buy some empty teabags and fill with the herb, then use just as you would for regular tea. For more alternative ways to strain your brew, have a look here for some of the best options.
To make your brew taste delicious try adding one or more of the following: honey, maple syrup, lemon juice, spices (such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, allspice), fresh mint leaves, sugar or your usual sweetener. You could even try adding a splash of your favourite fruit juice!
For very bitter dream herbs such as Calea Zacatechichi, try these tips here for improving the flavour.
Personally, I add a splash of milk and a spoonful of honey to my dream tea. Not only does this make the tea taste nice, but milk and honey help your body to produce melatonin. Melatonin is an essential hormone for sleep, helping you to fall asleep faster and increase the amount of REM sleep you get. Therefore you will have even more chance of getting some lucid dreams!
Lucid dreaming herbs and herbal blends are best drunk just before bed. Make sure to set your lucid dream intentions as you fall asleep!
Repeat every night until the effects are achieved. Usually you will get good results within a week or two but every one is different. And don't forget to keep a notebook or phone near where you sleep to record your lucid dreams!
IMPORTANT - Before consuming any herb, it is advisable to do plenty of research first and consult a doctor if you have any medical conditions or allergies, or take other medications. Never use whilst pregnant or breast feeding as some herbs such as Mugwort are not suitable.
If you are still struggling with the flavour of Calea Zacatechichi or any other dream herb, you could always try packing the dried leaves into gel capsules (you can choose between gelatin or vegetarian capsules). Just make sure you blend the leaves as fine as possible (preferably to a fine powder) so you can fit in a reasonable amount.
The gel capsules come in 2 sizes, "00" size which fits about 735mg of herb and size "0" which fits around 500mg of herb. You can also buy capsule filling machines but if you are just making a few, then it is perfectly possible to pack the capsules without one. Just pull the 2 halves of the capsule apart and scoop some of the finely blended herb into each half, making sure they are fairly full, then push both halves together.
A standard dose would be 2x of the 500mg capsules. You can either take your capsules just before bed, or after 4-6 hours of sleep, and this is repeated every night until the desired effects are achieved (usually a week or two).
On a personal note, I have tried this method with Calea Zacatechichi and did not find the dream enhancing effects were as strong as when I make tea or smoke the herb. I don't know whether this was just me or if maybe there needs to be heat involved to get the required results... I will be researching this further and will update this section when I know any more. If you have any experience with taking dream herbs using the capsule method, I would love to hear about your experiences.
You can find more detailed information on making your own herbal capsules here.
Your lucid dreaming herbs can also be smoked; just grind the dry herbs and add to your usual tobacco blend or smoke them as they are. Try to grind your herbs as finely as possible. If you don't have a herb grinder, you could use a coffee grinder or even a pestle and mortar. The finer your herbs are, the more surface area there is, which increases the effects of your dream herbs!
A dry herb vaporiser is another good alternative. Just as with drinking the tea, you would need to smoke your herbs right before bed, every night until the desired effects are achieved.
Most dream herbs including Calea Zacatechichi, Ginkgo Biloba etc and also dream herb blends will need a medium vape temperature of around 150 to 180°C (302 to 356°F) Blue Lotus (Nymphaea Caerulea), has a lower vape temperature than most herbs so you would need to set your vaporiser to a temperature of 100 - 120°C (212 - 248°F). You can buy Blue Lotus from my eBay page here (UK only).
Obviously there are certain risks and side effects involved when smoking anything so please do your research first!
If you don't like herbal tea and you are not a smoker, then another great way to use your dream herbs is to make a tincture. A tincture is a concentrated herbal extract made using alcohol and herbs. An added bonus of creating a tincture is that the alcohol preserves the freshness and potency of the herbs for a very long time.
Because a tincture is a concentrated extract, it makes it far easier to consume the more bitter tasting herbs such as Calea Zacatechichi. To use your tincture for lucid dreaming and all other dream enhancing benefits, just take a few drops, using a dropper (if you have one), onto the tongue before bed. Do this every night until the effects are achieved, making sure to take a break after a week or two.
A decoction is an extract of herbs produced by boiling the herbs in water. It is great for making extracts without the need for any alcohol and is just as effective for dream enhancement and lucidity. They take less time to make than a tincture but do not keep as long.
Just grind your dream herb or herbal blend finely (or crush using a pestle and mortar) then add to a saucepan of water. For every 20g of dried herb you need about 450ml of water. Bring to the boil and then leave to simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain using a fine cloth in a strainer.
Discard the herbs and pour the liquid back into a pan. Heat gently until the liquid has been reduced to about 100ml. Allow to cool and then pour into clean bottles. Don't forget to add a label and date. Kept in a cool place your decoction will last about 4-5 days. Adding honey, sugar or alcohol will help to preserve for a little longer.
If you need a longer lasting decoction, you would need to make a thicker reduction. So instead of reducing to 100ml, keep going until you only have about 1tbsp of liquid left. If kept in a cool place, this concentrated decoction will keep for many months.
To use for lucid dream enhancing purposes, just take a tsp of regular strength extract, or 1-2 drops of the concentrated strength, right before bed every night for as long as required.
If you want to be a bit more adventurous, you could even try using your lucid dreaming herbs just as you would use culinary herbs. Try adding a small handful of your lucid dreaming blend to your favourite cakes, cookies or brownie recipes and eating just before bed for some great lucid dreams!
Alternatively, check out some of these great dream-inducing recipes!
Herbal pillows are small bags of fragrant herbs that are kept inside or near your pillowcase at night. This practice goes back many centuries and is a wonderful way to promote peaceful sleep and lucid dreams. To make a herbal pillow, just add your favourite blend of herbs to a small bag, such as an organza bag, and it is ready to use!
You can increase the effectiveness of the herbs by spraying with essential oils; just make sure you only use small amounts of the oils so the aroma is relaxing without over-stimulating the senses. These also make great gift ideas.
If you would prefer to buy one ready made then you can buy one of mine here. Mine include dried herbs of mugwort, hops, lavender, chamomile, passion flower. I also add essential oils of frankincense, sandalwood, may chang, clove, jasmine, clary sage chamomile and lavender, all in a little red organza bag to put under your pillow.
To make the scent of your herbal pillow last longer, it is a good idea to keep it in a sealable bag when not in use. You can also refresh your herbal pillow by spraying with some more essential oils or just refill with more dried herbs.
Another way to use your herbs for lucid dreaming is to add them to your bath water. An evening bath is a great way to calm, warm and soothe, helping you to fall asleep faster. Combining this calming ritual with some dream herbs can increase your chances of having a lucid dream.
According to herbalist David Hoffman, you need to add two handfuls of dried herbs (or four handfuls of fresh) to three cups of boiling water. Let the water stand for about 30 minutes, strain and then add to your bathwater. If you don't have a bath then just use 4tbsp of this blend in a bowl of water and enjoy a nice relaxing foot soak instead. According to Hoffman, the medicinal compounds in the herbs are absorbed by the skin to create a full body calming effect.
Herbs such as chamomile, hops, lemon balm and lavender will be particularly helpful for falling asleep easily, herbs such as Calea Z , Blue Lotus and Mugwort will encourage lucidity, and Ginkgo will help with dream recall.
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