Lucid dreaming has long been a skill to be cultivated for spiritual seekers. You can use essential oils to boost your lucid dreams and make things more vivid, here’s how!

There are numerous ways to use essential oils. One way is to use a diffuser to have the healing effects of the oils spread more readily around your home. Another possibility is putting a few drops in the palms of your hand and inhaling for at least thirty seconds. (Some also like to apply essential oil to the soles of their feet.) It is also possible to use them in a bath, add them to lotion or moisturizer, or apply them with a compress.

It’s also recommended to keep a journal each night to record how each oil or combination of oils works for you. Recording how your body responds to different oils along with recording your dreams from each night will help in making lucid dreaming a more common occurrence.

Did you have a more restful sleep with a certain oil choice? Did you have nightmares or more pleasant dreams? Which oils made your dreams more lucid? All of these things are important to journal as you train yourself to have lucid dreams.

Most people say that lucid dreaming takes practice and intention. While this is certainly true, there are products such as supplements and essential oils that can aid the process.

List of 15 of the most effective essential oils to promote lucid dreaming:

1: Rose

Rose oil has long been associated with meditation and prayer and is widely regarded as the most important essential oil for aiding lucid dreams. Rose oil is known for bringing about a deeply relaxed state and is often mixed with other essential oils for maximum results. With its intoxicating scent, it’s no wonder that it is a favorite for lucid dreamers.

2: Jasmine

The sweet aroma of jasmine is also popular with lucid dreaming enthusiasts. This essential oil has a relaxing effect that induces sleep and helps bring about a calm mental state that is helpful for lucid dreaming. Overall, jasmine alleviates stress on the mind and body. Some say that it also stimulates romantic and sexual feelings and it is particularly helpful for women with sexuality issues to be worked through.

3: Sandalwood

Sandalwood has been used for centuries in sacred rituals and is considered holy by many people of faith. This essential oil that is extracted from a sandalwood tree has many healing properties as it has an anti-spasmodic effect on the body. Sandalwood essential oil also aids in alleviating stress on the mind, body and soul.

4: Lavender

Lavender essential oil is also touted for its medicinal properties. Not only does it help relieve stress, it is also believed to have profound effects on neurological disorders. With such a powerful effect on the brain, it isn’t surprising that this essential oil helps puts practitioners in a receptive state for lucid dreaming.

5: Chamomile

This is another excellent choice for using before bed to allow the body to relax enough into a state that is conducive to lucid dreaming. It has a subtle floral aroma and has been used for centuries for a variety of medicinal purposes. Soldiers were even known to use it for courage before going into battle. The restful properties of chamomile are a natural fit for lucid dreaming seekers.

6: Mugwort

Mugwort is used for cardiac stress relief. It also calms the mind and overall body to prepare for lucid dreaming. Used in Eastern medicine for thousands of years, mugwort is commonly used right before bed for lucid dreams as well as for improved dream recall and as a creativity enhancement.

7: Clove

Cloves come from the unopened buds of the evergreen tree and they are also extracted for essential oils. With its spicy aroma, it is a favorite for many before going to bed. It contains eugenol, a powerful ingredient, that helps the process.

8: Anise

Anise essential oil is powerful and should be used in moderation. Sometimes known as sweet cumin, it has been carefully regulated in some countries. It has a scent similar to fennel and it has long been used to treat conditions like nervous palpitations or anxiety. Its relaxing properties made it another addition to this list.

9: Lemon Balm

Also known as Melissa essential oil, lemon balm oil makes the list as another recommended relaxant. Lemon balm is another oil that should be used sparingly. With its pleasant citrusy scent, it is often used to stimulate a more active dream state. Some say it is the most effective for bringing on prophetic dreams.

10: Clary Sage

Clary sage oil is used as an anti-anxiety and anti-depression aid . It promotes a general feel of wellbeing and it is another important oil for deep relaxation. It increases visualization ability and it helps with gaining deeper insight while dreaming. Clary sage oil has a pleasant nutty aroma adding to its appeal.

11: Bergamot

Bergamot essential oil is extracted from the lesser known type of citrus–bergamot. This is a great choice for lucid dream seekers because it is known to be a sedative that helps the body relax and let go from a stressful day for a good night of sleep. Bergamot essential oil promotes dopamine and serotonin release which is perfect for the lucid dreaming state of bringing conscious while dreaming.

12: Juniper Berry

Juniper berry essential oil has a pungent pine scent. Some even say that it reminds them of the aroma of pepper. It’s another oil known for its relaxing ingredients, but this oil is particularly recommended for people who are attempting to work through inner trauma through lucid dreaming. When inhaled, it has a healing effect on the brain which makes it a favorite among essential oil fans.

13: Frankincense

This essential oil is known for awakening consciousness. It’s recommended for prayer and meditation and it is said to be one of the most powerful oils for elevating one’s self to a higher plane. It has an “earthy” scent and many people are drawn to it for this quality. Frankincense also has a slight fruity aroma which makes it more gentle smelling. It’s a powerful agent for lucid dreaming and you won’t want to miss trying this one.

14: Palo Santo

Palo Santo oil has an uplifting and spiritual healing quality. It is often paired with frankincense for the pleasant combination of scents. Many use this oil for grounding and protection. Known as one of the spiritual oils, it is a natural choice for lucid dreaming work.

15: Mandarin

This citrus essential oil is also known as tangerine essential oil. It blends well with other citrus scents for maximum effectiveness. Mandarin essential oil promotes overall wellbeing as well as possesses sedative qualities. A deep, relaxed state is essential for productive lucid dreaming work, and relaxants are the most important quality in choosing an essential oil. Mandarin oil provides another choice to use on its own or in combination with other oils.

We hope these tips have been helpful for deciding which oils are most effective for aiding your spiritual work. This type of deep work is one of the most powerfully healing techniques leading to empowerment. May your lucid dreaming journey bring you greater health and wellness and may these essential oils help you along the way.