If you want a more natural way to enhance your dreams, then giving certain dream herbs a try would be your best bet. There are a few herbs that are relatively known for having strong effects on your dreams and how well you are able to remember them. Although since everyone is different, some herbs might not work as well for you as they do for others. Also herbs may enhance your ability to become lucid in a dream but they are not a foolproof solution to lucidity, nothing is.
The most well-known herb for aiding in dream recall and dream vividness is an herb called Calea Zacatechichi, also known as the Mexican Dream Herb. There was a study brought up by a writer named Ben Jacobs in his article that found that Calea Zacatechichi did in fact enhance the number of dreams recalled, you can view this article here. There are several ways to take this herb in order to enhance your dreams. One of the more universal methods for consuming this herb is brewing it into tea. Although, this herb has a very awful reputation when it comes to the actual taste of the tea. People report that the tea tastes extremely bitter and almost unable to consume. Some suggest adding honey and sugar to the tea but even then it still doesn’t achieve a “good” taste, only tolerable. Multiple people have even reported that they felt nauseas after drinking the tea because of how bitter and disgusting it is. If you can get past the taste of the tea then that would probably be your best option.
Another method of consuming Calea Zacatechichi is smoking it, you can put it in a smoking pipe or roll it in rolling papers. Some people have reported that it is a much smoother smoke after smoking it from a water based pipe. There have been reports that the smoke can be rather harsh and this method might not be for everyone.
Some people might tell you that it’s possible to put the herb into empty gel capsules and then swallow them before you go to bed. I suggest that you steer clear from this method because I have tried it personally and have found absolutely no effect on my dreamstate. Other people have reported the same effects, such as this writer for Dreaminglife.org.
Another herb you could try to help enhance your dreamworld is called Mugwort. Unlike Calea Zacatechichi, this herb isn’t known as the dream herb but it is still highly revered in terms of enhancing dreams. A writer for dreamstudies.org praises mugwort on its dream enhancing capabilities. Much like Calea Zacatechichi, you can make mugwort into tea, smoke it, or encapsulate it. Some consumers of mugwort have reported that making tea out of this herb is bearable in terms of taste and sometimes it can even taste good with the right additives such as honey. I have personally tried mugwort tea and did not like the taste but I was able to finish all the tea I made therefore the taste wasn’t too bad. The most common method of consumption that I use for mugwort is smoking it. I usually roll the herb up in a rolling paper and smoke it a few minutes before bed. It can sometimes give you a very light calm feeling while you smoke it and I have had mixed effects in terms of the vividness of my dreams. Some nights after smoking mugwort I found that I had some pretty intense dreams while other nights it seemed to not affect my dreams at all. It effects each person differently and it might work better for you than it did for me.
Disclaimer: Before you consume any herbs, it would be wise to consult a doctor beforehand to find out if you are allergic to the herb and whether or not it is safe for you to consume.
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