Date: Wed, 4 Oct 1995 09:27:40 -0700
Subject: Re: Mugwort
From: Colette Gardiner <coletteg.EFN.ORG>
Dale Kemery wrote:
> Does anyone know where I can get more information/sources for mugwort (a close relative of absinthe/wormwood) as a dream potentiator?
There's quite a bit of info out there about this topic, probably recently dicussed on this list as well. I've used it to induce more vivid dreaming for years and have seen strong effects in many people. Some people have been known to wake up im the night cursing loudly and toss the pillow across the room, they were dreaming so vividly. A bundle of it hanging near your head at night works as well as a pillow of the cut and sifted stuff available in stores. It's also useful as an incense or in incense blends before any divinatory work such as tarot, rune reading etc. Just take a small amount of the dried herb and toss it on top of a wood stove or on a small charcoal disc that's been lit (available in magic stores or sometimes in catholic supply stores). Mostly I'd recommend simply getting some and trying it out for yourself. I've heard alot of stories over the years from students who've used it.
From: Howie Brounstein <howieb.TELEPORT.COM>
>> Does anyone know where I can get more information/sources for mugwort (a close relative of absinthe/wormwood) as a dream potentiator?
Mugwort is a very interesting plant deep in historical references. It is often said to promote prophetic dreams. I don't find this to be true all the time. It seems to me that Mugwort intensifies the dreaming process. It all depends on where you are in this process.
If you don't dream, Mugwort will help you to dream, but you may not remember them. If you don't remember your dreams Mugwort will help you to remember them. If you remember your dreams, Mugwort will help you to have conscious dreams. Conscious dreams are dreams where you are aware that you are dreaming and in full control of the situation. If you are consciously dreaming already, the plant will increase the frequency and control.
None of this implies that the dreams will be pleasant. Some people don't remember their dreams for a reason. Mugwort can cause nightmares and restless dreams leading to lack of sleep or poor quality of sleep. I know of an essential oil company that puts a warning on their Artemisia oil: Caution, may cause nightmares.
Certainly, Mugwort can lead to prophetic dreams if that is what you are into. I do not prefer that course of dream work. It is all up to you. One of my long term students feels that Mugwort is the most reality altering of all the psychotropics he's tried.
>I've heard alot of stories over the years from students who've used it.
Details, we want details ...... welcome back to the list!