Herbal Allies for Dreamwork and Astral Travel

Dreamwork, astral travel, and deep meditation serve as gateways to the ethereal and empower witches to journey within and beyond the confines of the physical world. Within these experiences, herbs act as powerful allies, with the ability to enhance the depth and potency of our spiritual endeavours. 

Dreams are portals to the ethereal, where messages that are often missed on the physical plane can be sent to our consciousness. When witches do dreamwork, we decode the symbols and images that appear to reveal the messages that are meant for us. With herbs, recalling what was seen can be easier, the images and symbols can appear clearer, and the dreamer can go deeper.

Herbs for Dreamwork

So what are some of the best herbs to work with when delving into this type of magic?

First, there’s trusty mugwort. It’s renowned for its dream-enhancing qualities and has a rich history in the realm of witchcraft. It beckons dreamers into a realm of vividness and clarity, bridging the gap between the conscious and the subconscious. 

Then of course, we have lavender. With its soothing aroma and calming essence, lavender ushers the dreamer into serene and tranquil landscapes. It’s like a calming hug for the restless mind, and while it does promote visual and vivid dreaming, it cloaks them in a lavender bubble of peace and positivity. This can be really helpful if you’ve had a lot of negative energy surrounding you.

And then there’s rosemary – the guardian of memory. While inducing vivid dreams can help with remembering them, rosemary is the absolute go-to for recollecting your night time journey. 

You can create herbal dream pillows or sachets to place in your bed while you sleep, or have a special concoction of tea just before bedtime. You can also infuse your space with diffusers or sprays made with these dream enhancing herbs. 

You can even get started on dream work right now – all you need is a journal by your bedside for when you wake up, and the herbs we just mentioned: mugwort, lavender, and rosemary. You could even add some chamomile to the mix for an added layer of rest so you don’t feel like you’ve been up all night traversing the realms. Simply place them all in a spell bag or sachet, and hold it close to your heart. Invite the messages in, infuse the herbs with your intention to be shown what you need to see, and once you feel your intention is successfully added to the blend, place the spell bag under your pillow. As you rest your head, allow your herbal allies to guide you through the veil between worlds, inviting messages and insights to emerge through the language of dreams. When you wake up, write down everything you can remember. The message will become clear when you’re ready (sometimes it’s immediate, sometimes we have something blocking us from seeing it clearly, so be patient and open to growth). 

Herbs for Astral Travel

Astral travel is another way we can venture beyond the confines of the physical realm. Within this sacred and ancient practice, herbs have become navigational stars, guiding the seeker toward heightened states of awareness and perception. Here are some of the best herbs used when diving into the astral realm:

Again, mugwort. As we said – it acts as a bridge. It’s a truly potent herb for connecting with the otherside and it’s a part of almost every witch’s arsenal. 

There’s calamus root – this comes in chunks or powder form. It’s really strong for stimulating visions and aids in focus which can be crucial when navigating astral dimensions. 

And then we have sandalwood. It smells great, and can bestow mental clarity and focus on the seeker while helping them go from realm to realm (frankincense is good for this, too!).

The best way to use herbs for astral travel is to burn them as an incense. Create a blend to manifest an aromatic portal – as the smoke rises, it lifts with it your awareness and invites your spirit to ascend alongside it. Alternatively you could infuse an oil blend and wear it when doing astral work. 

There’s a bunch of other ways you can use these herbs, too! Get creative, embrace avenues that call to you – for instance, you could try infusing your bath with herbs and immersing yourself in their energies. Just remember to do this safely (some herbs aren’t great for pregnant women or people with allergies). 

The magic of dreams and astral exploration is an ever-unfolding story, and these herbs are great places to start your journey. Remember, your path is your own, so make it unique and don’t be afraid to try new things.

Jenna is a pagan and lifelong student of history. She's the potion expert at High Priestess, and also designs tarot decks, oracle decks, and powerful ritual oils.