Ease Your Dreams with Herbs

| 11/26/2008 2:46:20 PM

Tags: Health, Sleep, DIY, Dreams,


While I’ve been busy testing out various herbal shampoos and conditioners (reviews still to come), I’ve also been sleeping—and dreaming.

At least once every other week I have the same dream. I am on stage performing. The performance is always different: Sometimes it’s a musical, sometimes a drama and more often or not, it’s a dance recital. While I’m on stage performing I suddenly realize I have forgotten my lines and/or choreography—it’s all a blank. Last night I dreamt I was on stage performing “Wizard of Oz – The Musical” (my unconscious version of Wicked, which I’ve been listening to a lot) and I didn’t know my lines, so I brought a sheet of paper on stage with me to help me out. But suddenly I had a dance number and had to sing my lines. I dropped my cheat sheet and started to freak out. There I was on stage and I had nothing to say. I had forgotten everything! Then I woke up.

What does this recurring dream mean? I’m afraid of failure? I’m forgetful? Who knows…But it has made me think about sleep and whether I’ve been getting enough of it.

An Herb Companion article, Sweet Dreams, offers herbal dream pillows as a solution to your sleeping woes. The article recommends mixing ¼ cup of rose petals, ¼ cup of rosemary, ¼ cup of lavender and ¼ cup of hops to ease your nightmares. Click here for the instructions on how to create your own herbal sleep pillow.

Other herbs that help facilitate asleep (according to Drift Into Dreamland, Naturally):
• Valerian
• Kava
• Passionflower
• Reishi
• St. John’s Wort