Our culture doesn’t talk much about the significance of dreams, but to ignore these nighttime messages is to miss out on a valuable way of understanding and growing in our day-to-day and spiritual lives.
Dream symbolism can seem quite strange if it is taken literally, but the patterns, situations, and scenes we find in the night are the mysterious way our minds process information about our past, future, and place in the universe. Interestingly, many of the patterns that arise in dreams are common across cultures and among people of diverse backgrounds. The ability to dream is something that unites us all as humans.
An invaluable way to start learning from your dreams is to begin recording them. I began recording my dreams after a college course on Carl Jung where we learned to identify archetypes and symbolism common throughout all cultural stories and our dreams. I’ve been recording my dreams off and on ever since.
Many people claim that they don’t really remember their dreams the next day, but we all have them. It’s ok if you can barely remember anything at first. Start slowly and record any small details you remember from the night before whenever you remember them. It can help to keep your dream journal right next to the bed so that your dreams are recorded immediately upon wakening. In time, you’ll find that the more you try to remember your dreams, the more you will actually remember and the greater the detail that will be retained.
Over time, you’ll start to see situations or symbols occur in your dreams that reflect situations you’re going through in life. I often have dreams of elevators skyrocketing me up or down when I’m going through life changes rapidly, I dream of being near huge waves when I am having difficulty processing the depths of my emotions, and I often end up lost in a parking garage when I need to make a difficult choice. Oftentimes, what occurs in the dream will help me to resolve what is actually happening in my life, or at least to understand that I need to pay more attention to my mental and emotional state.
If you’re interested in enhancing your own dream recall, lucid dreaming (realizing you are dreaming while asleep), and learning more from your dreams, you may be interested in this tea blend designed to help relax you for a good night of sleep while also helping you to remember your dreams.
The majority of the herbs in this blend are relaxing, but it also contains mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). Mugwort is an herb well known to help increase and enhance recall of dreams, but has also been used to treat digestive complaints, dispel worms, and much more.
Some might say it’s mere coincidence, but I find mugwort to be very potent. If I so much as touch this plant during the day, I am bound to have vivid dreams that night. I am definitely a believer in this plant’s ability to influence our dreams!
In this blend, I’ve gone easy with the mugwort since it is quite bitter and a little amount of the herb works well so far as I can tell! You could add more if you like, or it could also be left out of this blend entirely and this tea will still be an excellent nighttime sleep aid.
- 3 parts chamomile
- 2 parts peppermint
- 1/2 part mugwort
- 1/2 part lavender
- 1 part rosemary
- 1/2 part roses
- sweeten with honey if desired
Here’s to sweet and meaningful dreams!
Wondering where to get the herbs to make this blend? I purchase all of the herbs that I have not grown or wildcrafted through Mountain Rose Herbs. I also sell this blend in the Light Footsteps Shop.
Disclosure: Unfortunately, mugwort isn’t guaranteed to provide you with good dreams. Dream at your own risk. This information is for educational purposes only. Please do your own research before using any herbs and consult a medical professional with questions. Mugwort should be avoided if you are pregnant.