The following list contains many of the herbs traditionally
used by Witches and other magickal folks in dream magick,
followed by their various applications:
To prevent nightmares, fill a white mojo bag with as many
anise seeds as it can possibly hold, and then sew it to the
inside of your pillowcase. This simple, yet effective, Witchs
spell from the Middle Ages is said to ensure pleasant dreams.
Scatter the leaves of an anise plant around your bedroom to
keep yourself protected against evil influences while you sleep.
To induce dreams of a prophetic nature, place seven leaves
from an ash tree beneath your pillow before going to sleep.
The ash tree, which was sacred to the ancient Teutons and
symbolic of their mythological world tree known as Ygdrasill,
is also said to offer protection against nightmares, dreamcurses,
and all psychic attacks that occur while one is asleep
and most vulnerable.
To induce dreams of a prophetic nature, place bay leaves
beneath your pillow before going to sleep. It is said that bay
leaves, when cast into a fire on a night of the full moon, can
enable one to see the future in a dream. The use of bay in
divinatory rites and dream magick can be traced back to the
ancient Greeks, who believed it to be sacred to their god Apollo.
If you are faced with a problem to which you cannot find
a solution, an old magickal spell suggests placing the root of a
bracken underneath your pillow just before you go to sleep.
Occult folklore holds that the root of this plant will bring
forth a dream that will contain the answer you seek. In addition,
many Witches and other magickal practitioners use
bracken for protection against evil and negative influences.
To induce dreams of a prophetic nature, mix a pinch of
dried buchu leaves with a pinch of frankincense. On a night of
the full moon, light a charcoal block (which can be bought at
most occult shops and religious supply stores), place it in a
fireproof incense burner, and then sprinkle a small amount of
the herbal mixture upon it. For best results, do this in your
bedroom prior to bedtime.
When burned as incense, the wood of the cedar is said to
â€œcure the predilection to having bad dreams, according to the
late author Scott Cunningham in his book, Cunninghams Encyclopedia
of Magical Herbs. Sleep with cedar twigs beneath
your pillow to help awaken or strengthen your psychic powers.
A cedar branch hung above your bed will protect you
against evil forces while you sleep.
Also known by the folk-name five-finger
grass, the cinquefoil is said to assure restful sleep
when put into a blue mojo bag and suspended
from the bedpost. Place a sprig of cinquefoil containing
seven leaflets beneath your pillow before
going to sleep in order to dream about the man or
woman who is destined to be your marriage mate. This simple
method of amatory dream divination is centuries old.
To induce dreams of a prophetic nature, place some heliotrope
leaves beneath your pillow prior to bedtime. A full moon
is the ideal lunar phase in which to do this. If you have had
personal possessions stolen from you and desire to know whom
the thief is, heliotrope may help to induce a dream that reveals
the true identity of the culprit.
An old Witchs method to induce prophetic dreams is as
follows: Without speaking a single word, gather together nine
holly leaves at the witching hour (midnight) on a Friday. Wrap
them in a white cloth and then tie nine knots in it. Place the
charm beneath your pillow prior to bedtime, and whatever
dreams you experience during the night are likely to come true.
According to Scott Cunninghams Encyclopedia of Magical
Herbs, To make all your dreams come true, burn the leaves [of
a huckleberry plant] in your bedroom directly before going to
sleep. After seven days have passed, that which you have
dreamt shall be made manifest.
For the prevention of nightmares, grow a hyacinth plant
in a pot and keep it as close to your bed as possible.
When dried and burned as incense prior
to bedtime, the fragrant flowers of the hyacinth
are said to help induce pleasant dreams. Should
you awaken from a depressing dream or nightmare,
the smell of a hyacinth in bloom will help
to lift your spirits.
For restful sleep and pleasant dreams, sleep with a blue
mojo bag filled with jasmine flowers beneath your pillow or
sewn to the inside of your pillowcase. Scott Cunningham says,
the flowers are smelled to induce sleep. To induce dreams of
a prophetic nature, burn a bit of dried jasmine in an incense
burner in your bedroom just before you go to sleep.
For a dreamless slumber, fill a gray-colored charm bag with
lemon verbena and wear it on a string around your neck when
you go to sleep. Additionally, drinking a bit of the juice extracted
from the plant is said to help suppress dreams.
The mandrake is unquestionably the most magickal of all
plants, and the part of it most commonly employed in the
casting of spells is its mysterious root, which bears a curious
resemblance to the human form. It is said that sleep can be
induced by the mere scent of a mandrake root, and when one
is suspended from the headboard of a bed, the sleeper is
guarded against all manner of harmâ€”both natural and supernatural.
Rub a mandrake root upon your Third Eye chakra
before sleeping to induce a prophetic dream of your future
lover or marriage mate. Caution: Mandrake possesses strong
narcotic properties. Handle with care and do not ingest any
part of the plant!
To induce dreams of a prophetic nature, scatter
the flowers of a marigold under and around
your bed before turning in for the evening. This
plant is also said to induce dreams that reveal
the true identities of thieves, as well as to offer
protection against sorcerers who work their black
magick through dreams.
To induce dreams of a prophetic nature, fill a blue or yellow
mojo bag with mimosa flowers and then place it beneath
your pillow before you go to sleep. According to author Rosemary
Ellen Guiley in The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft,
blue is the color associated with psychic and spiritual
awareness, and prophetic dreams. However, in his book on
magickal herbs, Scott Cunningham lists yellow as the color
corresponding to divination, psychic powers, and visions. I,
personally, have always used blue or purple for this purpose,
but you may use whichever color feels right for you. In addition,
anointing your Third Eye chakra with an infusion of
mimosa prior to sleeping helps to facilitate dreams containing
When placed beneath a pillow at bedtime or put into a
white mojo bag and attached to the bedpost or headboard,
the leaves and berries of the mistletoe plant are said to prevent
nightmares and insomnia from interfering with ones sleep. In
keeping with ancient Druidic tradition, use mistletoe that has
been harvested with a golden blade on either Midsummer or
the sixth day following the new moon.
To safeguard your sleep against nightmares, according to
occult tradition, fill a white mojo bag with the seeds of a morning
glory plant and place it beneath your pillow just before
going to bed. In addition, morning glory seeds can be added,
either alone or with other dream-magick herbs (such as anise,
mistletoe, mullein, purslane, rosemary, or vervain), to dream
pillows for the same purpose.
Of all the herbs associated with dream magick, mugwort
is by far the most popular and the most potent. To induce dreams
of a prophetic nature, stuff a dream pillow with mugwort leaves
and then rest your head upon it to sleep. Other ways in which
to induce dreams that reveal the unknown or things that are yet
to be include the drinking of mugwort tea and the anointing of
the Third Eye chakra with a dab of mugwort juice. Mugwort
can also be made into an incense, which, when burned prior to
sleeping, aids in astral projection and lucid dreaming, and summons
forth dreams that facilitate spiritual and psychic growth.
To prevent nightmares, stuff a white mojo bag with mullein
leaves and then place it beneath your pillow just before bedtime.
According to herbal folklore from centuries gone by, mullein
also protects a sleeping person from all manner of evil and negativity.
Hang mullein over your bedroom door and windows to
keep nocturnal incubus and succubus demons at bay.
To induce dreams of a prophetic nature, place a white
onion underneath your pillow before bedtime. This practice is
believed to have originated in ancient Egypt, where the onion
was at one time regarded as being highly sacred. For protection
against evil influences while you sleep, cut an onion in
half and keep it close to your bed. Many modern-day practitioners
of herbal folk magick continue to subscribe to the old
belief that halved or quartered onions work to absorb evil, negativity,
For protection against incubus demons, fill a white mojo
bag with peony roots, coral, and flint, and then anoint it with
three drops of myrrh oil. Pin the mojo bag to your nightgown
or pajamas, or attach it to a string around your neck, and wear
it throughout the night as you sleep. Rest assured that no
incubus would be able to seduce you.
To induce dreams of a prophetic nature, many Witches
stuff dream pillows with the fragrant leaves of the peppermint
plant. According to an herbal from olden times, the scent of peppermint
compels one toward sleep, which is beneficial should
you happen to suffer from insomnia or other sleep disorders.
To keep recurring nightmares from interfering with your
sleep, place a handful of purslane flowers and leaves beneath your pillow prior to bedtime. According to occult tradition
from centuries gone by, this herb also works to ward off evil
spirits that prey upon sleeping mortals.
It is said that success in all matters of the heart awaits
those who see a red rose in their dreams. If a single woman
picks a red rose on a Midsummers Eve and sleeps with it
tucked between her bosom, the man destined to be her future
husband will appear to her in a dream.
To prevent nightmares, sleep with a mojo bag filled with
rosemary beneath your pillow. It is said that he (or she) who
sleeps with rosemary underneath the bed will be
protected from all manner of harm while sleeping.
To prevent a dead persons restless spirit from haunting
you by way of your dreams, cast a sprig of rosemary
into his or her grave. According to occult lore,
this will enable the spirit to rest peacefully.
St. Johns Wort
One of the most beloved magickal herbs of the ancients,
the St. Johns wort has enabled many a young lady to capture
a glimpse of her future marriage mate in a dream. To accomplish
this, place this herb beneath your pillow before going to
sleep. It does not matter which part of the plant you use, for all
parts of the St. Johns wort are potent in magickal workings.
Many Native Americans believe that nightmares are capable
of causing physical ailments and disease. To keep this
from happening to you, go directly to a stream immediately
upon waking from a bad dream and cleanse your body in the
running water. Afterwards, in keeping with tradition, cast a
handful of tobacco leaves into the stream as an offering to the
spirit of the water.
To prevent nightmares, place a handful of vervain leaves in
your bed, wear them in a mojo bag on a string around your
neck, or brew them into a tea and drink it just before bedtime.
To induce dreams of a prophetic nature, anoint your Third
Eye chakra with vervain juice on a night of the full moon.
Close your eyes, open your mind, and allow yourself to drift
off to sleep. Upon waking from your slumber, take care to
write your dream down on paper (or use a tape recorder) to
prevent it from later being forgotten. If interpreted correctly,
it will provide you with an insight to events of the future.
To prevent nightmares or unpleasant visions from interfering
with your sleep, pick some leaves from a wood betony
plant and then place them beneath your pillow just before
going to bed. When scattered on the floor under and around
your bed, wood betony leaves are said to keep all evil and
negative influences at bay.
Witches and diviners alike have long used the yarrow plant
in a number of different ways to induce prophetic
dreams pertaining to future marriage mates. The
divinatory power of this herb is legendary throughout
much of the world, and its strong magickal
vibrations have made it a staple of folk magick since