Folklore has long told of the ability of herbs to support dream states, either with their relaxing, calming properties for the mind and/or body or sometimes with a slight stimulation to the mind.
Ingredients: Matricaria chamomilla (Chamomile): A nervine herb, chamomile helps bring a sense of calm to a more excited body. It is often used to invite deep sleep, which in turn, can help us dream. Often added to Dream Pillow blends. Artemisia vulgaris (Mugwort): The tried and true herb for dreaming, and a key ingredient in Dream Pillows. Said to encourage highly vivid dreams…even lucid dreaming and psychic ability. Turnera diffusa (Damiana): Said to affect the psyche and produce a mild uplifting of the spirits, this herb also relaxes and promotes pleasant dreams. Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender): Restless folks have long used this relaxing herb when combating anxiety. It is said to help us dream more vividly and is also often used in Dream Pillow mixes. Mucuna pruriens (Velvet bean): Rich in lipids, minerals, carbohydrates, fiber as well as amino acids, macuna has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for mood elevation, stress, and nervous disorders and numerous other conditions. Mucuna is a natural source of levodopa (L-dopa), an essential precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine, responsible for its ability to uplift one’s mood and enhance a sense of emotional well-being. According to the National Institute for Health it is also has anticholesterolemic, anti-Parkinson, antioxidant, antidiabetic, sexual enhancing, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antivenom activities. Here we include it in support of lucid dreaming. Scutellaria (Scullcap): Looking to live more “in the moment” and feel more grounded? This nervine herb can support focus and calm a busy mind. It may also help us fall asleep more quickly. Rosa damascena (Rose petals): Besides invoking relaxation of mind and body, a recent study showed the smell of roses while learning and during sleep helps increase memory and learning skills. The study reports a significant increase in learning success (by 30%) if a person is exposed to the smell of roses during both learning and sleep phases. Salvia rosmarinus (Rosemary): “Rosemary for Remembrance” is a common use for this herb which is said to improve cognitive functions. If you wake up groggy, this herb may support you with more clarity and with your brain more fully active upon awakening.
Tea leaves need room to expand for extracting full-bodied flavor. This is one reason we use organic cotton tea bags instead of tea balls which are not really best for brewing. Many standard tea bags and/or tea balls, are low-flow, and require stirring and dunking repeatedly to get the tea to diffuse properly. We believe you get more flavor, more goodness, and more aroma when using roomy, organic, reusable tea bags.
That said, our preferred method for brewing herbs is placing loose herbs in vessel with already hot water, steep, and pour finished tea through mesh strainer into cup.
Directions for 1 cup:
Bring 8 oz water to a boil in stainless steel, glass, or ceramic vessel (not aluminum). Turn off heat. Place one teaspoon loose tea per cup of water into hot water vessel, or into enclosed reusable tea bag, pulling strings tight. Steep for 3 – 5 minutes. Strain loose tea, or squeeze & remove tea bag & pour. Add honey or cream if desired. Compose spent herbs and wash cloth tea bag for reuse.
Note: Not or use when pregnant or nursing. As with all herbs or health therapies, we suggest you talk with your health care practitioner before using any herbal product, particularly if you are taking medications or supplements, are pregnant, nursing, or have an illness of any kind. Not for children under 12. Not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any illness or condition. Statements are for informational purposes only. Not evaluated/approved by FDA.