Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

Melissa officinalis is a plant from the mint family, which is why it is also known as balm mint. More often however it is referred to as lemon balm, sweet balm, or common balm. Lemon balm may alleviate stress and anxiety and increase calmness, while improving mood and cognitive performance. In addition to being an anti-oxidant, […]

SleepPhones – Headphones for Sleeping

SleepPhones® is a great solution for people who want to use headphones for sleeping or during practices which involve lying down on the side. For years I would struggle with using headphones for example during wake-induced lucid dreaming exercises or astral projections where I would use binaural beats to induce a change in consciousness. I’m […]

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)

Unlike an wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), an ingredient in the psychoactive alcoholic drink known as absinthe, Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), which has a tonic effect on consciousness, is not toxic, though the two plants are rather indistinguishable. Effects It is believed that an essential oil and toxin known as thujone found in the root and leaves of […]

Binaural Beats (Effects on Sleep & Dreams)

In this article I cover the topic of auditory beat stimulation through Binaural Beats and its effects on sleep, overall physical and mental well-being, and altered states of consciousness. Auditory Beat Stimulation (ABS) has long been considered a way through which various parameters of human consciousness can be manipulated. ABS consists of auditory stimulation through […]

CBD & THC – Effects on Sleep

Cannabinoid use has been associated with many positive effects on health. From various neurological conditions, to vascular disorders, glaucoma, chronic pain, Tourette Syndrome, and psychosis, everything has been treated with Cannabis (C. sativa or C. indica), since ancient times. This is a Dream… There certainly seems to be some scientific proof regarding many of these […]

Nutmeg – Sleep & Dream Spice

Nutmeg are the seeds of a tree known as Myristica fragrans (fragrant nutmeg). Ground nutmeg is a commonly used spice, and so is mace, the reddish seed covering of the nutmeg seed. The chemical composition of ground nutmeg and that of mace are virtually identical. What makes this spice interesting to me is that nutmeg […]

5-HTP (Serotonin)

A direct precursor of serotonin, 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) is one of the commonly used lucid dreaming supplements out there. Given its links to serotonin, 5-HTP is obviously a promoter of deep-sleep stages, and a suppressor of REM. Since REM is so important for dreaming (and thus for lucid dreams too), why exactly is 5-HTP considered a […]