Mugwort for Lucid Dreaming

Mugwort is a common plant species with many herbal benefits. Although it is mainly used because of its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, as well as digestive and menstrual health benefits, it can also promote vivid dreams.

Native American tribes have used its leaves for centuries to induce visionary dreams and ward off evil spirits. Other cultures have used it to promote psychic powers and altered states of consciousness. 

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How to Use It

Mugwort can actually be used several different ways:

  • brewed as a tea
  • placed in your pillow
  • smoked
  • burned as incense


As a tea, it has a subtle, but bitter taste. Nothing to get excited about. It might be advantageous to steep it with other herbs, but I've only used it by itself.

If you are using it to achieve lucid dreams, it works best if you drink the tea after 4.5 or 6 hours of sleep, using the Wake Back to Bed (WBTB) technique. You will also notice its benefits if you drink it before going to bed.

Dream Pillow

Mugwort is very aromatic and has a sweet earthy scent. Its leaves can be stuffed or woven into pillows for a constant dose throughout the night.

I have tried this with minimal results. I tend to sleep with my head facing the ceiling, plus I don't think the scent was strong enough for me to notice. It would probably work better if the leaves were freshly picked and evoked a stronger aroma.


Just like tobacco and some recreational drugs, it can be smoked. I have heard of others who smoked it with good results, but I have not tried it. 


I have not tried this either, but I would imagine that the aroma from burning it would be stronger than having it placed in a dream pillow. 

What to Expect

There is no guarantee that it will give you lucid dreams. However, if used properly, it can put you in an optimal state for lucid dreaming. At the very least, you should experience a night of vivid dreams.

When I drink mugwort tea before bedtime, it elicits a calm, relaxed feeling. I am able to fall asleep gently and effortlessly within 30 minutes of drinking it.

Most of the dreams I have are laid-back and serene. I have had several lucid dreams after drinking the tea. They typically feel much more peaceful and orderly than other lucid dreams. 

Where to Buy It

Mugwort is actually very common and grows in many different spots around the world. You might even have it growing in your backyard! Just make sure you know how to identify it before using this free source.

You might have a hard time finding it in a grocery or health food store. Your best bet is to buy it online.

Here is what I use:

Buddha Teas (not affiliated)

It comes prepackaged in single serve teabags, so it's really easy to use. It's also organic, free from artificial ingredients, cheap, and it works well. What more can you ask for?

I prefer to drink it, so I can't recommend a good brand to use if you want to make a dream pillow, burn it, or smoke it. Although, I'm sure you could put a teabag or two in your pillow. ;)

Let me know what you think!

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