Anyone whose goal is to have lucid dreams needs a good night’s sleep that will give them rest and peace.
However, some people struggle with getting the sleep that they need which simply makes their lucid dreaming almost impossible.
This is where lucid dream herbs appear!
Since we need a good rest, which unfortunately is not guaranteed to everyone, we can get some help from medicinal enhancers to achieve peaceful sleep.
That is crucial for your lucid dream experience, but also to overall health.
Herbs that have existed for a long time in history are part of the solution.
After our research, we are sharing with you the TOP 15 herbs that can help you with your lucid dreams as well to provide the rest that you need!
(each of these 15 supplements/herbs are looked closely, including pros and cons below)
1. 5-hydroxy-Tryptophan – promotes relaxation and sleep
2. Calea Zacatechichi – ”dream herb”- increases dream clarity and vividness
3. The African Dream Herb – ability to induce unusual dream states
4. The Blue Lotus – a relaxing and calming effect
5. Huperzine-A – clinically verified lucid dream pill, enhancing dreaming capabilities
6. The Devils Claw – inducing dreaming, as well as treating inflammation and pain
7. Ginkgo Biloba – memory enhancer *improves dream recall* and brain boost
8. Guayusa – sharpens our senses during day and night
9. The Wild Asparagus Root – spirit herb – ignite the subconscious during sleep, calming aid for meditation
10. Clary Sage – aids to create multiple dreams in deep sleep
11. Passionflower – improves sleep quality, effective insomnia treatment
12. Lemon Balm – sedative, calming effect, improve the length and quality of sleep
13. Chamomile – helps for a better, deeper and more restful sleep, associated with treating insomnia
14. Peppermint – muscle relaxant, aids for peaceful sleep and supports dream vividness
15. Burdock – effective in reducing nightmares, enhances positive dreams
TOP 15 LUCID DREAM SUPPLEMENTS/HERBS
Commonly known as the 5-HTP, the 5-hyroxy-tryptophan is naturally produced chemical in our bodies.
It can be also collected from plants, such as the African Griffonia simplicifolia. 5-HTP includes amino acid tryptophan that is used in increasing the serotonin levels in the brain.
The produced serotonin is converted into melatonin (sleep-regulating hormone).
Supplementing with 5-HTP are promoting sleep by increasing melatonin production in your body.
The result is relaxed moods and better sleep.
It not only makes you relaxed and ready to sleep but another positive feature is that it limits cravings for food.
100–300 mg, 30–45 minutes before bed
• Promotes weight loss
• Suppresses depression
• May cause chemical imbalances in the brain when used alongside other drugs that chemical balance such as anti-depressants
Calea Zacatechichi gives the user clarity and realism in his or her dreams.
The most common characteristic associated with this herb is improved dream recall and an overall increase of dreaming.
The user will experience intense imagery as they go to sleep. For example, after smoking the herb, you may notice crazy colors and shapes blending as you fall asleep.
• No risk of sleep paralysis
• Intense imagery when falling
• Reliefs anxiety
• Overall mental enhancement
• Sometimes can cause headaches
In this study, you can find out more about the physiological mechanism behind the African dream root’s ability to induce unusual dream states.
Dosage and usage:
The recommended dose is 1 full teaspoon of powdered root to 2 cups of water.
You should stir it until a thick layer of foam is created on top.
Then you should drink the foam – in the morning and in the evening.
*be sure you haven’t eaten anything before*.
You can also grind it into a powder and place it in capsules for direct consumption.
Repeat this every day for a few days /or weeks/ until you notice the effects!
• It is cheap
• Known to be a viral inhibitor and an antioxidant
• Reduce cholesterol
• There is a possibility of vomiting
The Blue Lotus originates from ancient Egypt.
For thousands of years, its powerful intoxicating scent was used by the native people as part of religious ceremonies.
They would use it in order to reach higher levels of consciousness.
It has sedative properties, and it is used not only for a sleep aid, but also as a natural anti-anxiety remedy, and as a stress reliever.
Blue Lotus contains nuciferan along with aporphine, which will give you feelings of calming euphoria.
• Used as a nervine medicine
• Relaxing and calming
• Mild Mood
• No addiction or dependency hence safe to use
• It can be pricey and illegal in some countries
Huperzine-A is a substance purified from a plant called Chinese club moss.
Huperzine-A, Galantamine, and Choline are clinically verified lucid dream supplements.
They hold Acetylcholine Esterase inhibitors to limit the normal breakdown of the natural neurotransmitter – acetylcholine.
They work by enhancing our dreaming capabilities.
It enhances the memory, learning, alertness, and energy.
When taken during the night it can lead to extremely vivid and memorable dreams with profound levels of detail!
• Boosts your dreaming abilities
• Natural brain stimulant
• Side effects include nausea, diarrhea, sweating, blurred vision, or loss of appetite
Despite its scary name, the devil’s claw is an effective soother herb. It is made from grinding Harpagophytum procumbens plant roots.
The plan originates from the Nambian desert of Southern Africa. The natives believe that they get a connection with ancestry wisdom through smoking its dry leaves.
Some experience more profound and deep sleep.
Others, however, may go through very vivid, lucid dreams that are extremely memorable.
Apart from inducing dreams, it has also been used to treat pain and inflammation.
• Relieves pain and inflammation
• Treats skin conditions
• Helps with weight loss
• Uncommon and rare side effects include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, headaches, loss of appetite
Ginkgo Biloba is a memory enhancer herb and brain booster. It originates from ancient Chinese medicine.
By facilitating blood flow to the brain, it boosts cognitive functions and as a result, improves brain speed and critical thinking.
It’s not the most powerful lucid herb but it positively works in improving recall and increasing the vividness of the dreams.
• It improves tons of body and brain functions, such as memory disorders, anxiety, blood circulation, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbance
• Ginkgo might cause an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, mango rind, or cashew shell oil
Guayusa is used in tea in the Caribbean. It originates from Ecuador, Peru, and Columbia.
It is popularly known as the watch-mans’ plant because it keeps one’s eyes open during the night.
The Guayusa sharpens your senses during the day too.
Native Indians used to stay alert during the long hours of hunting in the woods. It is also used as a stimulant more powerful than coffee.
It contains L-Theanine which is the amino acid that promotes relaxation and helps to reduce stress.
Also, Guayusa increase alertness, focus, self-awareness, and serenity.
• Energy throughout the day
• Aids digestion
• Mental clarity
• Rare side effects include such as jitters, rapid heartbeat and energy crashes
• You need to take it for a longer time to experience the effects significantly
The scientific name for the wild asparagus root is the asparagus racemous.
It is also known as a dream-inducing herb! It is linked to ancient Chinese medicine.
The original Chinese plant is Tian Men Dong translated for heavenly spirit herb because of its effect to ignite the subconscious during sleep.
The monks and yogis use the herb for mediation as it creates the flying effect.
Improves overall quality of sleep, promotes relaxation and stress relief, serves as a good anti-depressant and stimulates flying dreams!
• Muscle relaxant
• Calming aid for meditation
• Balance in the internal functions of the body
• Provides energy and natural buoyancy
• Avoid during pregnancy and breast-feeding
10. Clary Sage
The Clary Sage is famous for its anti-depressant properties. It is, however, a very effective dream enhancing agent too.
It is mostly used in tea, but also as an essential oil.
Clary sage helps to calm the body and provide a restful night’s sleep.
Apart from being a healing herb, the Clary sage gives your brain the power to create multiple dreams in deep sleep.
• Heals trauma
• Anti-inflammatory effects
• Improved digestion
• Antibacterial effects
• Stress relief
• Improves circulation
• There wasn’t enough information to know for some side effects.
Just a small reminder: If using Clay Sage Essential Oil, test a small area of skin in order to avoid any skin irritations.
It was rated that the sleep quality improved significantly for those drinking passion flower tea compared to those drinking placebo tea.
Passionflower is a sedative and sleep aid. It has a calming and relieving effect.
It has been said that the plant helps to induce a powerful dreamy imagination!
• Used for anxiety, nervousness, seizures, asthma, pressure, and pain relief
• Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
– If you are suffering from insomnia, combine passion flower with valerian, hops, and Jamaican dogwood for a very effective herbal insomnia treatment
• The use of this herb with prescription sedatives is not advised due to the cumulative effect
• Dizziness, Confusion
12. Lemon Balm
Some research suggests that taking one 600 mg dose of lemon balm increases calmness and awareness in adults during a stress test.
Lemon balm contains chemicals that seem to have a sedative, calming effect. Taking a lemon balm by itself can improve the length and quality of sleep.
• It is possibly effective for anxiety, cold sores, dementia, upset stomach, INSOMNIA, STRESS!
Widely used as a sedative as well as an antibacterial agent
• Can cause some side effects including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness
Chamomile benefits the neurohormones in this case by helping to maintain the sleep-wake cycle.
Chamomile tea contains an antioxidant called apigenin.
Apigenin is the component in chamomile tea that provides its sedative-like quality. It can help you get to better sleep!
Chamomile’s calming effects can help our body relax and get a good quality sleep!
For the best results, try drinking three or four cups of tea. You should see a difference in the quality of your sleep—a deeper and more restful one.
• Regulates neurotransmitter transmission to the brain so it enhances the mood and relieves depression.
• Chamomile is often associated with treating anxiety and insomnia
• For those who are allergic to daisies, this flower is from the same family, so chamomile tea should be avoided
• It has a sedative effect, it should not be consumed alongside anti-anxiety or antidepressant drugs
For a night of restful sleep, drink caffeine free peppermint tea. Peppermint also acts as a muscle relaxant and helps you sleep peacefully.
Supports dream quality and it can make the scene more vivid and ‘alive’.
• Relieving stress and anxiety.
• It helps soothe the stomach and relieve digestion process because of the menthol present
• Peppermint can cause heartburn, and allergic reactions including flushing, headache, and mouth sores
Burdock seems to be great at helping you to escape from nightmares and transform them into POSITIVE dreams!
It is a great aid for calming the mind! Burdock effectively keeps the negativity, anger, and sadness in your dream state.
Helps to calm your mind, so if you are getting scary dreams, this might be a great herb to use!
Burdock benefits extend over many different body systems including digestive, circulatory, respiratory, reproductive, and glandular and immune systems.
No wonder it can help with stress relief!
• Powerful antioxidant
• Removes toxins from the blood
• Treat skin issues
• Not a lot of researches, but only experiences of other people
• May cause an allergic reaction (if you are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family)
But wait! There is more!
All of the lucid dreaming supplements and herbs, that you see BELOW, are another great & proven lucid dream inhibitors!
We wrote a whole article about them that you can find right HERE!
Do not expect to achieve lucid dreams instantly from the first day of use. There are other contributing factors that you NEED TO do in order to lucid dream, so do not rely ONLY on herbs/supplements.
They are not magical pills but enhancers.
A common mistake is that beginners rely too much on supplements.
Is it going to work if you buy protein powder and weight loss pills, are you going to get in shape?
Most likely no.
You need to take care of your diet, your sleep, your exercise routine. So, the same is with lucid dreaming.
For the full effect of these herbs you should:
– be consistent in the use of the herbs
– combine them with a lucid dream technique
– don’t forget meditation!
– do reality checks DAILY (find out why they are SO IMPORTANT and how to do them PROPERLY here)
– and of course, write down your dreams in a dream journal
And be SURE that you are doing reality checks CORRECTLY and you write your dreams in a dream journal!
And we always advise that if you are on other medications (and even if you are not) to consult your doctor before trying any of these.