As we have learned from the posts here at the DreamTribe, there are many dimensions of dream medicine.
One aspect entails dreams that bring us healing.
In today’s post, I’m going to share a fun and creative method I use to activate healing dreams.
But first, what are healing dreams?
Various Forms of Healing Dreams
Healing may come in the form of a prescription for wellness. For example, we may dream of a food that we need to eat to improve our diet. Or we may dream of an herb that is the remedy for the ailment we are hoping to cure.
Dreams can also be directly healing. In the dream state, one may receive direct healing from our Ancestors, Spirit Guides or other unknown forces.
In lucid dream state, the dreamer may use their lucidity to send healing energy to themselves or to another person. I wrote about my experience with lucid dream healing in my post “Lucid Dreaming: How Visiting Hogwarts Can Help You Heal.”
We can also incorporate certain allies into our sleeping state to help enhance and activate our dream lives.
I have written a lot about dreaming with plants. Oneirogen plants are a category of plants that are used to activate dream states. Some of the best known oneirogens are artemisia vulgaris (mugwort) and silene capensis (Xhosa Dream Plant).
Plants can also be used to help activate healing dreams. Some plants are good for relieving nightmares, working through grief, releasing trauma, or helping to bring healing, restorative sleep.
How to Make a Dream Pillow
A simple way to build your dream medicine toolkit is to make a dream pillow.
Dream pillows are normally filled with dry herbs and placed under the pillow. Herbs have different qualities that you can blend together to make a customized dream pillow for your purposes (herb references below).
To sew your own dream pillow, use a clean piece of fabric or cloth. Cotton or natural fibers are best. Square or rectangular shapes are most common for dream pillows, but you can design them in any shape you want.
To make your own dream pillow, cut two squares or rectangles of the same size. Place the cloth together with the right (front) side facing in. Sew three sides of the fabric together. When you’re finished, turn the fabric inside out, so that the right side is now facing out.
Stuff your herbal mix into the remaining open side of the fabric. When you have finished filling up the pillow, sew the remaining edge of the fabric shut.
To make a dream pillow that doesn’t involve sewing, you can place the herbs in a fabric pouch or muslin bag. Or, use a piece of fabric that is tied together with yarn or string to make a dream bundle.
When your dream pillow is ready, place it next to your head or in your pillowcase as you sleep. Many of these herbs are have pleasant aromas that are good to smell throughout the night.
Herbs for Dream Medicine Pillows
Mugwort: Used to activate dreams. Good for people who have a hard time remembering their dreams. Can bring colorful, wild, Alice-in-Wonderland types of dreams.
Be careful, because for some people, mugwort can be too stimulating. Mugwort can bring overwhelming dream activity and I’ve heard many reports from people who say they felt like their night with mugwort was too busy and they didn’t get enough rest.
Chamomile: Brings calm, peaceful sleep. Chamomile can also help relieve nightmares in both children and adults.
Chamomile has a sweet, apple-like aroma and is good for releasing fear, anxiety, and agitation in both waking and dream states. Can also be used for insomnia.
Lemon Balm: Is both calming and uplifting. Lemon Balm can be useful for dreamers who suffer from stress, depression and/or anxiety.
Lemon balm brings healing to trauma in both waking and sleeping states. It has a particular affinity for healing sexual trauma. In this way, I have used it for women who have suffered from sexual assault, miscarriage or abortion.
My own personal experience with lemon balm was that it brought me dreams that made me aware of some of my unresolved grief. Unresolved emotions are often at the root of depression and anxiety.
In larger amounts, lavender helps to open our third eye and crown chakras and activates our powers of intuition. Lavender can also be used for divinatory dreams.
Rosemary: An old saying is “Rosemary for remembrance.” Rosemary helps us to remember our dreams. It also connects us to memories that may have been lost or forgotten. When dreaming with rosemary, these memories may surface in the dream state.
Rosemary can also be used to connect us to our loved ones who have died, and may bring dreams of our beloved dead.
Rose: Brings a feeling of love to our dreams. Rose has been traditionally used to bring prophetic dreams of one’s beloved.
Rose can also be used to help heal the heart from grief and heartbreak. It can be added to dream pillows to bring a feeling of love and warmth to the dreamer and the dreams.
Many essential oils can be added to dream pillows to add fragrance and potency. To do this, simply add a few drops of the essential oil into the dream pillow herb mix.
Many of the herbs I described above are also available as essential oils. My favorite essential oil for both sleep and dreams is called Jatamansi.
Jatamansi Essential Oil
Jatamansi is an Ayurvedic herb that is related to Valerian. It’s musky, earthy scent is extremely calming and relaxing and is an excellent remedy for insomnia.
Jatamansi is indicated for the type of insomnia that comes from extreme states of stress and/or trauma. Jatamansi helps to calm the mind and relax the nervous system and bring about deep, restorative, sleep.
Jatamansi is an excellent dream healer as well. For people who have suffered from PTSD or other types of trauma, Jatamansi helps the dreamer to work out the trauma in their dream state.
I view Jatamansi as the quintessential dream therapist. It helps us to heal our waking life trauma in our dream state. Better yet, it does so in a gentle, compassionate way so that we wake up feeling peaceful and refreshed.
To work with Jatamansi Essential oil, you may add a few drops to your dream pillow. Traditionally, a few drops are rubbed into the soles of the feet and the crown of the head before going to bed. I have also place a few drops of Jatamansi on a kleenex and placed this under my pillow to help with sleep.
To find these herbs, I first recommend that you visit your local, neighborhood herb store. A great resource online is Mountain Rose Botanicals.*
For Jatamansi and other high-quality essential oils, I recommend Floracopeia.*
Have fun creating your own special dream medicine pillows! Let me know what you create and how it works for you.
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