Pisces season has broken like a wave upon the rocky coast, and now we have to deal with our feelings. Fortunately, there are plants with medicinal and metaphysical properties that can help us roll with the tides! Read on to learn about how we use our favorite plants to get the most out of this deeply emotional time.
Each one can be used on its own in numerous ways, but you are invited to use this list as a recipe for a dream sachet - a bundle of herbs you keep under your pillow or otherwise with you as you sleep, to help you remember your dreams, learn from your dreams, have pleasant dreams, or even to lucid dream, depending on your intentions.
The Best Plants for Pisces
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Pisces wants you to connect with your subconscious. Its association with Neptune, sleep, and dreaming is an invitation for us to focus on getting a good night's rest, and chamomile is here for that.
You'll easily find it in nighttime tea blends, but dried chamomile blossoms by themselves make a fine tea that works as a sleep aid as well as a tummy soother. It has calming and healing properties that are both physical and spiritual, so add it to a bath for your skin as well as your psyche. (It's ok if you cry in the bathtub!)
Find it mingling with oatmeal, patchouli, citrus and lavender in our brand new nourishing body soap, Frith.
Do you ever wake up from a dream you can't quite remember, but it nags at you because it felt important? Pisces season is the time to pay extra close attention to that kind of feeling, and you'll want to enlist the help of Rosemary.
Rosemary stimulates the brain's memory centers, so it makes a great addition to a dream sachet. Smelling it while you sleep can help you remember those dreams! It's also symbolic of protection, and is used to ward off nightmares and ill will.
You can find rosemary in our Herbal Renewal blend, so light a candle or a stick of incense in the evening, or spritz your pillow with Herbal Renewal scented veil before bed! It also features Lavender, which is next on our list.
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There is a LOT to say about Lavender, but we'll try to keep it short! This powerhouse plant is known for reducing stress and anxiety, and can be helpful for relieving mild insomnia. It has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a favorite for cleaning and bathing throughout human history.
Even metaphysically, it is purifying, a symbol of wisdom and clarity. That makes it an excellent addition to a dream sachet, or companion to any divination exercise, both very Piscean things to do.
Alternately, you can drink lavender as a tea, add it to a bath, burn the dried flowers as a clarifying incense, or use them to asperge - to sprinkle blessed water.
We love Lavender, so you'll find it in a number of our products, including the entire Herbal Renewal and Hermitage collections. Add a tablespoon of either perfume to your next bath for a full body experience!
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Peppermint, a cross between Spearmint and Watermint, is the mint commonly referenced in medicine and magic. It has soothing and healing properties, calms nausea, eases respiration, and relieves some types of headaches.
Peppermint is considered lucky, but it's also associated with Death, and was often used to cover the smell of dead bodies. Any association with death usually implies an association with dreams, and that remains true for mint. It's a good choice for enhancing psychic work and dreamwork, promoting healing, and deflecting negativity.
Mint can be eaten, drunk, breathed, or rubbed into the skin for its benefits. You can find it in our inimitable Mint 2 Be Lip Balm.
The Poppy's narcotic properties have long associated it with sleep, dreaming, and death, and therefore with the moon, water, the unknown, and the subconscious. It is the flower that fills the fields outside the cave of Somnus, the personification of sleep, and is also a symbol of his mother Nyx, the personification of night.
Papaver Somniferum - the opium poppy - is probably most famous for being the source of opium, which is extracted from the green seed pod and then further synthesized for medicinal purposes. We do not recommend attempting to use this plant at home for recreation or medicine.
However, you can add poppy seeds to your dream sachet, or stuff your herbs into the dried seed pod itself! The pod can then be placed under your pillow to promote pleasant dreams, intuition, and dream retention.
Let us not fear the depths.
Be sure to make your intentions clear as you assemble your sachet. These plants have powerful properties, but to reap their metaphysical benefits, it helps if we tell them what we want them to do.
Once your sachet is bound, it's ready to help you tune in to your dreams! Breathe deeply of it before you lay down to sleep, remembering your intentions, then store it under your pillow. Pisces season is all about revealing what's hiding in our subconscious, so if you're ready, it's a great time to learn some things about yourself.
Be well, Sea Witches. Nature Misses You.