What if you could consciously dream? That is, be entirely aware that you are dreaming and have complete control over what is happening? What if you could even choose to ask any question you wanted of any dream character at night?
As a Shamanic Practitioner, I am often asked to recommend substances that get you “high” (which is slang for entering non-ordinary states of consciousness) legally.
While I encourage people to carefully and mindfully explore the recesses of their minds, unfortunately, there are many websites out there that advocate the use of “legal psychedelics” such as nutmeg, datura and morning glory seeds which all have dangerous side effects and even deadly consequences.
It’s this type of misguidance that has led to so many bad experiences, accidents and such a negative outlook on psychedelic drugs in society, as though all mind-altering substances are one-and-the-same. We have come to group paint thinner in the same basket as Ayahuasca. However, just because something can alter your consciousness, it does not mean it shares equal spiritual value.
Use: Take 5-10 seeds one hour before bedtime for 3 to 5 days until vivid dreaming occurs.
Silene Capensis (Xhosa Dream Root) ~ Prophetic Dreams
The Xhosa people of Africa regard Silene as a sacred plant. Shamans are using its roots to promote lucid dream states in healers and other shamans during initiation ceremonies. It is noted as a “teaching plant” that is considered highly sacred.
Effects: Intensification of visual imagery during sleep.
Use: Mix this herb in small amounts in water and consume before sleeping. Silene also makes an interesting tasting tea but it can be bitter, so we recommend the form of extracted “shot.”
Buy: You can buy Silene Capensis here in Raw Dried Root form.
Nymphaea Caerulea (Blue Lotus) ~ Deeper Sleep
Although it is nicknamed the Blue Egyptian Lotus, the Nymphaea Caerulea herb is a Water Lilly that shares no connection to the actual lotus flower. Nymphaea was used as a sacrament in ancient Egypt as a mild sedative. Today, the herbalist are using the herb to treat insomnia, but it has also been reported to induce lucid dreaming.
Effects: Improves the quality of sleep and may intensify visual imagery.
Use: This herb is typically consumed in teas, elixir extracts, or by smoking. If you have trouble dreaming, or if you find yourself frequently waking up during dreams, blue lotus is a great supplement to use alongside one of the other substances mentioned in this article.
Buy: I have heard good results from using roots, which you can purchase here.
Asparagus Racemosus (Tian Men Dong) ~ Spirit Alignment
Tian Men Dong is one of the world’s top adaptogens and is also known as the “Wild Asparagus Root” in English, and “Shatawari” in Ayurvedic medicine. The Chinese word for wild asparagus root is Tian Men Dong, or “heavenly spirit herb.” Shamans, monks, and yogis cherished it for its heart-opening effects. Chinese Taoist monks placed much value on dream work, nicknaming Wild Asparagus as “The Flying Herb”; they found it effective to help one fly through the universe at night, achieving magnificent dreams and moving in alignment with the spirit.
Effects: Improves the quality of sleep, induces relaxation and stress relief, serves as a good anti-depressant and stimulates “flying dreams.”
Use: 1 to 3 grams per day in a concentrated form.
Buy: You can get organic Asparagus Racemosus or Shatavari Powder here.
Entada Rheedii (African Dream Bean) ~ Spirit Communications
Traditionally used in African medicine to induce vivid dreams and enable communication with the spirit world, Entada facilitates entry into the dream world and promotes increased REM awareness. This makes it easier for the sleeper to realize that they are dreaming and thus gives them an edge in achieving lucidity. Entada contains several active compounds, essential oils, and alkaloids.
Effects: Improves sleeping states with increasing depth, length, and awareness.
Use: The inner meat of the seed is consumed directly, or the meat is chopped, dried, mixed with other herbs and smoked just before sleep to induce the desired dreams.
Buy: Entada Rheedii seeds with good quality are not easy to find. A good source I have come across is the ones from Bouncing Bear Botanicals.
Recommendations About Taking Legal Psychedelics
If you plan to smoke any of the plants listed in this article, I would highly encourage you to use a vaporizer for your health. The right herb grinder can also do wonders in making the process easier.
I always recommend that you research very well any substance that you plan to consume and preferably grow them yourself. Keep in mind that the type, quality, age, storage and care of these herbs are all factors that will influence your experience with them.
Not only that, but the set, substance, setting and right dosage, along with creating a strong enough intention are all essential elements that must be carefully considered before exploring the depths of your mind. I plan to explore this topic more in future articles.
Have you ever tried any of the legal psychedelics above? What has been your experience with them?
Let me know in the comments below.
About the author:
Mateo Sol is a prominent psychospiritual teacher whose work has influenced the lives of thousands of people worldwide. Born into a family with a history of drug addiction, schizophrenia, and mental illness, Mateo Sol was taught about the plight of the human condition from a young age. As a shaman and spiritual guide, Sol’s mission is to help others experience freedom, wholeness, and peace in any stage of life. Donate to support Sol’s work
This article (8 Mystical Herbs and Legal Psychedelics For Lucid Dreaming) was originally published on lonerwolf.com and it is republished here with permission and proper attribution to the author Mateo Sol.
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