You want to have deeper, longer and more vivid lucid dreams, right? Well, lucid dreaming herbs are a great way to do that. Here are the most effective herbs for lucid dreams and how they work.
You’ll learn what the best lucid dreaming herbs actually are, and how they work. You’ll also learn how you can get them really cheaply. Ready?
Look, here’s the deal:
There are a number of naturally occurring herbs which can massively increase your chances of becoming lucid at night, and there are practically no side effects or reasons to NOT try these lucid herbs!
Disclaimer: By reading this you acknowledge that we’re not health professionals, and before trying any of these lucid dreaming herbs or substances you should do your own thorough research – You take full responsibility for your results trying any of these substances.
10 herbs that can be used to have better lucid dreams:
1: Calea Zachatechi (Herb of god)
Calea Zachatechi is considered the “Dream Herb” because of its proven efficiency in boosting regular dreams and dream recall. I’ve tried this and can say that it works. This one is on my lucid dreaming supplements list because it seems to work the best out of all the herbs I’ve tried, but you can make your own mind up.
It seems to make it much easier to remember dreams, even when you don’t normally remember ANY. This makes it perfect for beginners or people who want to start lucid dreaming but just can’t remember their dreams, or don’t want to spend the time learning the techniques the normal way.
2: Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo Biloba works by improving memory and increasing brain function. It’s been found to boost memory and cognitive speed, which both help you to have better dreams. Ginkgo has been a common ancient Chinese medicine for many years, for good reason.
It works by improving blood flow to the brain, allowing a modest boost in cognitive function, brain speed and critical thinking. It’s not the most potent lucid herb but it certainly works! It’s commonly used as a treatment for conditions like Alzheimers.
Because it works by improving blood flow, it’s been linked to helping with things like leg or other limb pain. That’s not it’s main use however, more a positive side effect. As for dosage, when it’s taken to treat Alzheimers, people would take about 30-40mg 2 or 3 times a day.
3: Heimia Salicifolia (The sun opener/super memory booster)
Heima Salicifolia is a strange herb that can be used to induce powerful, often life altering dreams. We’ve written about the sun opener before by the way. Most commonly used by the ancient Aztecs, the sun opener is said to allow the user to access really distant memories that they often forgot they had.
And that’s not all:
It’s also said to grant the user advanced hearing abilities. People report being able to hear tiny far away sounds when taking Heimia, and this effect can last for hours. It’s also sometimes referred to as the ‘Elixir of the sun’. You can actually find this fairly easily online and it’s not expensive.
4: Wild Asparagus Root
This also named as “The Flying herb” due to its ability to ‘bring people into the universe while they sleeping’. (Sounds a lot like Astral projection, doesn’t it?). Wild asparagus root has also been referred to as the flying herb, and is said to help you open up your heart and improve your hearts energy.
The best way to ingest wild asparagus root is to brew a strong tea with the leaves and root. Filter it to remove all the annoying little bits and then drink it hot. Try to drink it fairly quickly and then go to sleep! You’ll want to keep a dream journal handy to write down what happens.
5: Valerian Root (sleep inducer)
Valerian is a herb but the root is often used for all sorts of medicine. It’s known for its ability to induce sleep and help people with insomnia fall asleep faster. It can be used to have incredible prolific lucid dreams as well though!
Valerian root has been said to help you treat joint pain and headaches as well as depression. It’s an all round sedative and relaxant, making it perfect for anyone wanting to fall asleep faster and deeper. The only bad thing is that the fresh valerian leaves are said to really smell bad!
Peppermint can support dream quality and can make the scene more vivid and ‘alive’. It can be used in tincture or tea. Many people drink this in a tea simply because it tastes so nice! (Unlike some herbs on this list which actually taste quite bad in a tea!) The best way to use peppermint is to soak in a bath with a few drops of mint oil infused into the water before bed.
7: Silene Capensis (Ubulawu dream herbs)
Silene Capensis is a powerful oneirongen used commonly by native south Africans. It’s most used by the Xhosa tribe and they use it to induce powerful, incredibly vivid dreams.
It gets better:
Silene is said to help you so much with dream recall that even a tiny dose will allow the user to remember intricate dream plots down to the smallest detail the next morning. It’s truly a powerful dream recall herb!
The best way to take this herb?
Use the powdered root to make a strong tea, and then filter and drink. It’s best to drink first thing in the MORNING as the effects take a long time to show up. Don’t drink it before bed because the effects won’t be as strong!
Remember not to use too big a dose (200mg is more than enough to start with, possibly even less!) because larger doses can cause you to purge your body (throw up violently to remove it from your body). It’s used as a cleansing herb for that reason in some tribes.
Along with Silene, you could also learn about Entada rheedii, African dream root, Harpagophytum Procumbens (Devil’s claw), Mexican Tarragon, Helinus integrifolius, and Uzara.
Mullein is said to ward off evil spirits and nightmares while you sleep. It’s commonly used by tribes to have less scary dreams. There’s not a lot of research and information on this one, so be warned!
Mugwort is quite effective on enhancing dreaming effects by adding a sense of vividness and color to the dream. Furthermore, it heightens your consciousness in order to be aware of what is currently happening. It’s fairly easy to find online as well!
To use Mugwort:
Simply make a tea from the leaves and drink a couple of hours before going to bed. There are LOTS of lucid dreaming teas online with this as their main ingredient. You could also use Mugwort in a dream pillow along with lavender and other things.
Burdock seems to be great at helping you to have POSITIVE dreams, and seems to calm the mind down and guide it away from nightmares. If you’re getting a lot of ‘scary’ dreams, this might be a great herb to use!
How to use these herbs to have more lucid dreams for less effort
Just like supplements, these herbs won’t automatically give you more lucid dreams for free. You’re still going to have to put in some work and learn techniques.
You’re still going to have to write your dreams down if you want the best results, It’s just how it works.
The best part is this:
The herbs will AMPLIFY any efforts you DO make to lucid dream. You’ll experience a new, better world of dreams by trying these herbs, and they’re almost all super cheap! Here’s what you need to do to have more lucid dreams while using these herbs:
- Before taking ANYTHING, ask your doctor if it’s safe. It’s just best practice, as there’s always a risk that you might have a reaction or it might not mix well with something else you’re taking
- Before you take anything, get a journal ready and write down your experiences with each herb in there. This means you can look back and see what was the most effective herb!
- Don’t take more than 2 at once. It’s usually best to take one herb for a few weeks, see how it affects you and then try another. You need to be able to tell which herbs are having what effect and that’s harder to do if you’re taking them all at once!
- Read the tutorial on each herb (check my site and YouTube channel for a guide on a particular herb) before taking it, as each herb needs slightly different preparation and usage/dosage
- Stay safe and have fun!
Where to get them cheap to save money
For those who like to skim read, here are the best lucid dreaming herbs and where to get them. I’ve included links (that open in new tabs) showing you the cheapest places to get these awesome herbs so you can save a bit of money as well! Here’s the list:
- Calea Zachatechi (Great all round lucid supplement and herb, hard to get hold of. More often you have to get a supplement that INCLUDES Calea Z)
- Ginkgo Biloba (An all roudner said to boost brain function, recall and vividness)
- Heimia Salicifolia (Believed to induce powerful life altering lucid dreams. Also said to help the user hear tiny details from far away)
- Wild asparagus root (Said to open up your heart, helps induce lucid dreams)
- Valerian root (Naturally helps you fall asleep if you find it hard. Fresh leaves smell bad, but the root can be made into a tea)
- Peppermint (Not much research on peppermint. Said to mildly increase dream recall)
- Ubalawu leaves (Also known as Silene Capensis, said to make it easy to recall even the tiniest details of your dreams the next morning)
- Mullein (Limited research for this herb, said to increase dream recall and vividness)
- Mugwort (Makes the dream colorful and makes it more likely you’ll become lucid in it)
- Burdock (Positive, happy dreams that make you feel good)