Lydia is a solitary witch who has been active in the occult community for 15 years. She is a published writer and visual artist.
Dreamwork and Magick
Dreamwork is a valuable spiritual practice. In this fast-paced, workaday world, a magick practice revolving around sleep can be exceedingly restful. Many of us live an existence chock-full of activity, worry, and stress. The most healing magick path for our frail nerves can be dreamwork—it makes slumbering all the more rewarding.
Dreamwork is a fruitful path for those who suffer from insomnia. A dream tea ritual is a magick exercise that can turn the frustrations of trying to get to sleep at night into something beautiful. There are so many teas that have a sedative effect on us.
Below, I will touch upon many herbs that are mostly safe to drink and appropriate for a bedtime ritual. Remember to avoid using caffeinated tea in your dream tea ritual!
Why Do a Dream Tea Ritual?
Incorporating tea into our "winding down" at bedtime encourages an intimate relationship with herbs. These energies come into our system by consuming them, and this is a way of connecting to the innate wisdom of plants. Plants can be our teachers and healers when we attune ourselves to their unique vibrational energy.
Tea can be powerful medicine. For centuries, herbal tea has been used as a natural remedy for insomnia. You can buy a commercially produced sleep tea as many teas on the market have already been created with the intention to enhance sleep. These blends are so popular that you can find them at your local grocery store. This is a valid choice for your tea ritual—it takes the work out of coming up with your own blend.
Benefits of a Dream Tea Ritual
- Brings you back to your center.
- Brings serenity into your nighttime routine.
- Gives an appreciation of the sacred.
- Can be a natural sleep remedy for insomnia.
- Helps you relax and unwind.
- Enhances psychic gifts.
- Wards off nightmares and night terrors.
- Improves the quality of your dreams and sleep.
- Helps you remember dreams for your journal or dream analysis.
Create a Bedtime Altar
Create an altar on your nightstand or any surface in view of your bed. You might want to do a solitary tarot card reading at the start of your ritual. Place the selected card within in view on your altar so you can meditate on it while sipping your tea. You could use your bedtime altar as a practical space to keep your ritual supplies. It can be used as a place to keep your dream journal.
Place other objects on your altar which reinforce your goals. You may wish to add devotional elements to your altar depending on your set of beliefs. You could pick a deity or an ancestor you wish to connect with within the dream state. Place a photograph or drawing of them on your altar. You can also place evocative statuary, crystals, potted plants, and items relevant to your ritual.
What Supplies Will You Need?
A tray to bring the tea into your bedroom can come in handy. You might want to assign a special mug for your tea ceremony. You could incorporate symbolic elements relevant to your magick intent in your choice of cup and teapot. Be creative! You can get a mug with an animal on it whose traits symbolize qualities you'd like to acquire. You could get a mug with hearts if you are trying to cultivate a loving relationship. Select whichever speaks to you on a symbolic or intuitive level.
Elements to Bring Into the Ritual
The best place to do your dream tea ritual is in bed, so make sure your bed is comfy and inviting! Set the tone by using essential oil in a diffuser. Throw some extra pillows and blankets on the bed. You might want to indulge your inner child by inviting a teddy bear to join. Whatever it takes to promote a peaceful and relaxed state of mind.
Relax and sip your tea. You can add any other elements relevant to your objectives. You might want to listen to a guided meditation as you sip your tea. You could work with a mantra or affirmations. You can use this time to read through your dream journal and make notes. You can bring a sketchbook and use this time to get your mind into a fluid, creative state which is receptive to new dreams.
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Choosing the Right Tea
Choose a tea for your ritual based on your own needs. Hoping for a peaceful night's sleep? Choose an herb that is a natural sedative. Chamomile is widely known for its sedating qualities.
Below I will tell you about some terrific herbs that are widely available and make suitable choices. Blend in honey and any other flavor enhancers to your own taste. You might focus on one herb or choose to create a blend. Typically you would steep one tablespoon of the herb for every cup of water. Allow herbs to steep for about 10 minutes.
Herbs to Use in a Dream Tea
- Lavender: Enhances intuition and encourages relaxation.
- Jasmine: Brings dreams of love.
- Chamomile: Has sedative qualities.
- Peppermint: Is soothing and calming.
- Clove: Assists in the lucid dreaming process.
- Anise: Used to prevent nightmares.
Enhance Intuition With Powerful Dreams
Herbs have traditionally been used to increase our psychic faculties. Opening your third eye can be facilitated by herbal tea. Herbs work on a subtle vibrational level. Start with small doses. Stick with the process for a couple of weeks. Give the herbs time to do their work.
Lavender is good for improving intuition. Use it as a meditation aid since it clears away mental chatter and quiets both the mind and the ego. Lavender resonates with Ajna, or the 6th chakra, and can promote a deeper spiritual understanding
A bedtime tea ritual shows a commitment to remembering our dreams. It motivates our minds to try a bit harder. When we don't articulate our desire to remember we are more likely to allow our dreams to slip away. Our tea ritual sets the stage for what is going to happen when we drift off to sleep.
Rosemary tea can be used to improve memory. Inhaling this fresh, coniferous herb in itself can sharpen mental focus. If you are a fan of rosemary you may want to use this as your ritual tea.
Wild asparagus root can also help you remember your dreams. This herb has been valued for centuries. It has the ability to open the heart. It has been known as "the flying herb" because of the flights it sends us on when we enter the dream state.
Warding Away Nightmares
Many herbs ward off nightmares and night terrors. Anise wards off nightmares while protecting you from the evil eye. Marshmallow is a plant that protects us from negative influences. It is soothing, healing, and may help if you suffer from night terrors. Rosemary is a herb used for purification. It can help rid you of the negative energy which is causing the nightmares.
Improve Quality of Sleep
Below I have listed some herbs to improve the quality of sleep. All of these are great choices for bedtime tea.
- Chamomile has many health benefits including alleviating anxiety, inflammation, and insomnia. It is also a mild tranquilizer.
- Valerian root sedates and relaxes. It was used in WWII to help ease the stress caused by air raids.
- Lavender is a wonderfully fragrant floral flavor with soothing qualities. The scent in itself is dreamy and pleasant. It should put your mind in a state conducive to sleep.
- Lemon balm has been used as a sleep enhancer and relaxant since the middle ages. If you enjoy a lemony flavor this herb might be the right one for you.
May Many Happy Dreams Come Your Way!
I hope that this article gives you creative ideas to incorporate into your dream work. Be creative and have fun with it! Happy dreaming!
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