Ashwagandha, Agol (Ethiopian), Amkuram Kizhangu (Dravidian, “beautiful horse root”), Asgandh (Hindi), Hajarat el Dib (Arabic, “wolf tree”), Harhumbashir (Assyrian, “red coral”), Henbane, Kakink (Pakistan), Marjan (Modern Arabic, “coral”), Sekran (Syrian, “inebriant”), Timbutti Eqli (Assyrian, “ring of the field”), Ubad (Arabic/Yemen)
FAVORITE USE(S): For balancing body and mind and creating a calm, peaceful state
FAVORITE TIME(S): Up to an hour before bed OR 2 hours before I would normally awaken
Ashwagandha is a plant medicine that has been used as far back as ancient Mesopotamia for its medicinal and narcotic properties. It was also used in ancient Egypt, particularly in order to invoke sleep. Ashwagandha is used regularly in Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for any number of ailments. In fact, I discovered it when researching Ayurvedic herbs that would assist with dreaming. Ashwagandha is said to regenerate the hormonal system and to promote healing, both internally and externally. It is also said to be a rejuvenative herb that nurtures and clarifies the mind. It is also very calming and allows one to enter a state of deep sleep.
I find that the effects of ashwagandha are very sedating. Drinking ashwagandha tea also lifts my mood and allows me to go to sleep very easily. It is also reported to create surreal, vivid dreams, and I have found this to be the case for myself more often than not. I like to use it when I am feeling particularly stressed or when I have been experiencing interrupted sleep for many nights on end. It definitely has a pronounced effect on my dream states, allowing me to enter vivid and lucid dreams much more easily, and I always feel much more relaxed and happy the day afterwards. Ashwagandha is definitely a powerful medicine that has the added benefit of being extremely beneficial for dream work.
HOW TO PREPARE/RECIPE: Ashwaghanda can be purchased in many different forms. For easy use, I prefer the liquid extract, which has anti-stress effects very similar to those of ginseng. The extract can also act as an appetite stimulant. In order to prepare the actual root matter, it should be dried and then either ground in to a powder and taken in capsules, or made into a tea. A basic Ashwagandha tea recipe can be made by boiling 1 gram of root cortex for 2-4 minutes in 2 cups of water. I have found the tea, in combination with Ginseng, a powerful lucid dream potentiator when I wake up early in the morning, perhaps two hours before I would normally wake up. This is a key time for me to lucid dream, and I’ve found that Ashwagandha puts me in just the right state of consciousness to be sleepy, but awake enough within those sleep cycles to dream like nobody’s business.
Another favorite way to make Ashwaghanda tea is to put 500 mg of dried root powder in 1 cup of steamed soy milk. This beverage has a not unpleasant licorice-like taste. It can also be sweetened with honey or agave nectar for a more pleasant taste. I prefer to freshly grind the root powder myself, just like grinding coffee beans, but I’ve found that pre-powdered root powder works as well.
I took the recommended on the bottle one dosage or 3 capsules and that night had a horribly vivid nightmare. That is what lead me here by searching whether or not it can affect your dreams.
I got a pound of ashwagandha root powder on ebay my mistake. I like it but it gaves me enegy not sleep?but seems to help with my fatigue I have lupus sle good stuff I’m eating 4 capusle twice dayly
I’ve been taking ashwagandha capsules (1 morning/1 night) for about a month and love its affects. My dreams are non-threatening and enjoyable. I’ve been trying to “direct” my dreams consciously (choose the content and direction), but haven’t been able to do that as yet. Still, the dream factor is a major plus. I do not like nightmares and haven’t had one since taking ashwagandha. Several thumbs up 🙂
Great news! 🙂 Thank you for sharing your experience! Ashwagandha is a wonderful herb for supporting health and great dream work!
It is true that tea prepared out of Ashwagandha powder is very good anti stress reliever & promotes sleep with relaxed dream.
I have personally found it to be QUITE effective at relieving stress as well as promoting sleep with dreams that are easier for me to recall. I would be curious to have others comment here on what their personal experiences with Ashwagandha have been.
Would you know if this plant is an abortive or not? As far as I knew (or thought I knew) it certainly was. However, I have just recently come across others who say that it is a tonic for a weak fetus, to help make it stronger. Do you know which is true?
From what I understand, it is a mild abortifacient and should be avoided by pregnant women. I have not come across any sources stating otherwise. However, I’m not a doctor or a licensed alternative medicine practitioner, so I can’t dispense any medical advice. Someone who is a licensed Ayurvedic practitioner may be of more help!
One of the things I’ve found I have to be careful about with nootropics is that their effects on women’s hormones has not been well established. I don’t recall whether or not it is officially an abortificant, but I know for a fact from two retrials that it causes my periods to be heavier and cramping to be worse (So does bacopa).
Whether it was the hormonal influence or simply the effect it has on neurochemical states, I unfortunately found both to significantly worsen rather than help my PMS symptoms, as well.