This creamy dream salve blends the luxurious, relaxing aroma of lavender essential oil with the potent mental clarifying properties of mint and chamomile for a magical night’s sleep.
You need only 4 key ingredients to take your nighttime ritual from mundane to magical.
Whip up a batch on the night of the dark moon for an extra potent potion to promote lucid dreaming, astral travel or a deeper experience on your nightly journey into the unconscious mind.
Please note: The information provided is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Use caution when applying essential oils to the skin. For most people, essential oils are safe, but this may not be the case for you.
What is dream salve?
Dream salve is any ointment blended specifically to promote vividness, insight and higher consciousness in the dream state.
Many magical practitioners look to their dreams for guidance and communication with the spirit world.
Witches make and use dream salve as a potion to support this kind of dream work.
There is no standard recipe or one way to make dream salve. However, I based the recipe below on traditional ingredients commonly included in a typical salve for dream work.
Generally, the dark moon energy corresponds nicely to anything related to dreams.
The dark moon symbolizes the unconscious mind, mysteries and strange or incomprehensible realities. (Which also makes it a great time to experiment with divination).
Making dream salve during this moon phase harnesses its power and energy.
All the ingredients in the recipe below compliment dream work.
Perhaps most commonly known for its relaxation properties, lavender also promotes deep sleep, tranquility and peaceful dreaming.
If you already use lavender for its other magical properties, you know its beautiful aroma eases the mind and quiets the soul.
All of these qualities lay the foundation for deeper and more profound dreaming.
This fresh, inspiring characteristics of peppermint induce mental clarity and sharpness.
Include it in your salve to inspire lucid dreams or help you remember your dreams when you wake up.
A mild alternative to more potent (and more risky) vision herbs, chamomile opens the 3rd Eye for clear unconscious “sight.”
It also silences disruptive thought patterns prior to falling asleep and smooths out dream narratives for a deeper understanding of their meaning or message.
You will need:
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-1 part beeswax
-4 parts coconut oil
-18 drops lavender essential oil
-12 drops peppermint essential oil
-optional: 21 drops chamomile essential oil
-salve tin or clean glass jar (a stubby one with a wide mouth works best)
-small pot or double-boiler
On the night of the dark moon, melt the beeswax over low heat in small pan.
Do not leave unattended. All the ingredients in this recipe are flammable, so stay close.
Once the beeswax is melted, add the coconut oil. It should melt fairly quickly.
Remove beeswax/ coconut oil from the stove. Add in the essential oils and stir 9 times in a clockwise direction.
Carefully pour mixture into your salve tin or clean glass jar.
Step 3 (Optional Ideas)
You’re done. You can use the salve after it cools off just the way it is. But if you want to take your potion a step further, try any of the following ideas:
-While the salve is still in liquid form, drop an appropriate crystal or gemstone in the jar. (Amethyst in particular, is associated with dream work).
-When the salve is almost (but not quite) cooled, try “garnishing” it with a piece of dried lavender flower or mint leaf. It makes them really pretty if you plan to give them away as gifts.
-If it’s a nice night, leave your dream salve under the dark moon sky to absorb the energy of the dark moon.
-Wrap the jar in a purple cloth. In color magic, purple is the color of dreams and prophecy.
How to Use Your Dream Salve
Please note: Avoid contact with broken skin, eyes, or membranes. Essential oils are powerful and can irritate delicate skin.
For extra power, consider taking a ritual bath before use.
To enhance dreams, rub dream salve on your upper chest just before falling asleep.
As you drift off, inhale the aroma of the salve. Experiment with different meditations. For example, try to isolate each scent (peppermint, lavender and chamomile) or imagine inhaling a specific color as you breath it in.
The next morning, immediately upon waking, record your dreams in your Book of Shadows or dream journal.