::. Mugwort, Blue Lotus, Passionflower
“Dream matter offers, in a personally symbolic way, directions for our growth and protection, often presenting the true dynamics of life situations our conscious mind may be unwilling or unable to see and accept.” -Judith Berger, Herbal Rituals
Have you ever woken up from a dream and found that the feeling you experienced stayed with you, lingering like stale air in the first moments upon being roused out of bed?
Our mind during sleep often replays the events of the our day, breaking down the content in a way that helps our mind digest what events or emotions took place, as if we were watching a playback of our own movie. You may have thought about a person in your life before falling asleep and found them slip into your unconscious as a tool for continuous processing.
A lot happens under the surface level of our brain. Freud compared the mind to an iceberg with unseen layers beneath the surface that represented the unconscious mind holding our desires, beliefs, emotions, habits, long-term memories, imagination and intuition.
I remember in high school, my English teacher had us create a dream journal where we would write down our dreams to analyze the symbols, archetypes, and feelings that took place.
Through the added dimension of archetypes we as a collective are able to recognize our own patterns, habits, and behaviors to dissolve them.
Writing and dream analysis became outlets for me to know myself better, purge experiences that I needed to release, develop and strengthen my intuition and channel my creativity. I believe in dreams as messengers of the soul, every piece of advice you are seeking outside of yourself is to be found within.
As Judith Berger expresses with the utmost truth, “Struggling to interpret our dreams is like learning a language; while we may feel frustrated to begin with, ultimately knowing this language opens up worlds.”
I am a huge advocate for dreamwork as it increases your cognitive memory and ability to connect with your inner self. There is a lot of healing and magic to be found in our own ability to decipher our dreams and listen to their messages.
I have intuitively crafted a blend which allows you to get in touch with your intuition, the archetypes of dreamer, visionary, seer + release stress and tension as you find yourself in a state of peace, rest and euphoria.
Blue lotus (Nymphaea caerulea) was an ancestral flower used by the Ancient Egyptians to enhance lucid dreaming and deep meditation. Native to the Nile and East Africa, this bright-blue petaled flower has spread to the Indian subcontinent and Thailand. Heightening the state of psychic energy, this sacred plant helps with increasing the vividness of dreams as well as dream recall. It illuminates introspective practices such as meditation and creates connection to the physical body, inducing feelings of warmth and sensuality.
Blue lotus makes a delicious, dreamy tea on its own with the flowers, bulb and leaves being edible.
It’s medicinal properties include:
- Calming down the nervous system
- Heals imbalances in menstruation
- Alleviates depression
- Natural aphrodisiac
- Muscle relaxant and pain killer
- Regulates urinary system
- Treats gastrointestinal problems
It has a relaxing effect on the mind without causing any fogginess. Allow it to infuse with the other herbs for about 7–10 minutes so it doesn’t lose it’s delicate flavor and become bitter.
Mugwort, Cronewort, Common mugwort (not to be confused with Wormwood) is found abundantly in North America where she is known as Artemesia vulgaris. Known as an invasive, drought tolerant weed by those who disregard the healing properties of this magical herb, Mugwort thrives in human dwellings showing up in cement cracks and along brick buildings. Mugwort is used for strength, psychic work, protection, healing and astral projection. A bitter herb that stimulates salivary secretions and digestive processes, but also a deep healing and earth grounding.
In Judith Berger’s Herbal Rituals, (which has been out of print for years, but I luckily managed to stumble upon it for $7 at a metaphysical store in Ocean Beach, San Diego where I also bought mugwort) she shares the uses of mugwort for moon connection and how our ancestors used it medicinally.
Medicinal properties of Mugwort:
- Easing menstrual cramps and regulating menstruation
- Kills intestinal worms
- Digestive aid
- Used as “moxa” in moxibustion “heat” therapy, a traditional Chinese medicine method for pain-relieving and warming of the kidneys
- Rich source of vitamin B complex, vitamin C expressed as absorbed avid, and carotene expressed as vitamin A
- Calcium, potassium, phosphorus and iron.
- Strengthens digestive tract
- Hormone balancing
- Anti-fungal properties
“Cronewort was used by Native Americans primarily for its lung-healing capacities, the burned or smoked leaves easing bronchial congestion, its diaphoretic qualities breaking childhood fevers, flues, and colds.”
As a visionary and dream herb, mugwort helps the body transition in the mystical, dream space enhancing your other senses — sound, touch, taste and smell. In my personal experience with a mugwort infusion or tincture before bed my dreams have become more vivid, textured and colorful. It is easier for me to recall the timeline of events along with the habit of writing in my dream journal upon waking.
“The fresh juice of Artemesia vulgaris, released by rolling and crushing the leaves, flowers or seed capsules between the thumb and forefinger and then annointing the brow in a moonwise direction, opens the third eye, the psychic visioning center.”
Along with drinking this infusion as a tea or crushing the leaves as a poultice, you can make a mugwort dream pillow mixed with lavender to calm the senses and ease any tension or headaches.
To make a dream pillow, use a clean piece of fabric or cloth made of cotton or natural fibers. You can cut two squares or rectangles of the same size and sew them together, leaving one side open for stuffing in your choice of dry herbs. Another option is making a pouch using a muslin bag which already comes with a drawstring, with breathable tiny holes for the aroma to seep through.
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is an exotic looking flower that grows on a fruit-bearing vine. It was used by Native Americans to heal cuts and bruises as well as swelling and fungal infections. This gentle tendriled beauty acts as a sedative that helps to release stress. It contains alkaloids that function as MAO inhibitors which give it anti-depressant and anti-anxiety qualities.
This herbal blend sedates the nervous system and makes it impossible for you to stay wound up in stress or negative feelings.
If you are looking for deep, restorative sleep passionflower is the herb for you. It is safe for children to ingest who need a healthy night’s sleep to ingest and soothing to the spirit.
Medicinal properties of passionflower:
- Chronic fatigue
- Adrenal fatigue
- Lowers blood pressure (hypertension)
- Hypnotic (sleep-aid)
- Analgesic (pain-reliever)
- Hypotensive (lowers blood pressure)
- Anxiolytic (anti-anxiety)
- Helps with anxiety, insomnia, inflammation, menopause
Sleep is undervalued in our nervous, stressed out, overworked and overstimulated society. Setting up a ritual before sleeping such as drinking a non-caffeinated herbal tea, making time to meditate or breathe for even 5 minutes can help assist you into receiving beautiful, restorative sleep.
This blend is a lovely choice for restless nights and those wanting to access creative magick and depth through their dream state.
*Drink 1–2 hours before desired bedtime.