Guayusa Tea And Lucid Dreaming
Here’s something you may not have known about Guayusa (why-you-sa): it could help to promote lucid dreaming.
For thousands of years, the Kichwa people of Ecuador have been gathering around a cauldron of Guayusa (add tea), as the elders in the tribe interpret dreams from the night before. To this day, they use their dreams to tell stories, predict the future and guide their actions for the day.
And since both Guayusa and dreaming are a central part of Kichwan culture, it comes as no surprise that the two are closely connected.
So what is lucid dreaming? And how can you experience it with Guayusa?
What Is Lucid Dreaming?
Have you ever been dreaming, and become fully aware that you’re dreaming?
Or have you ever been able to control your movements in a dream?
If you answered yes, chances are you’ve had a lucid dream.
When we dream, we typically don’t know that we’re dreaming. We’re totally immersed in the moment, and everything looks and feels real(at least until you wake up).
Lucid dreaming occurs when you enter a dream, yet you’re completely aware that you’re dreaming. So much so, some people can even influence their actions and the events in the dream. Incredible, right?
It typically happens during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, this is normally the first twenty minutes of sleep. This is a period of high dream activity, associated with increased brain waves, heart rate and breathing. We cycle in and out of REM sleep, often increasing over the course of the night.
Sleep scientists don’t know for sure why we have lucid dreams. But there are some anecdotal benefits of lucid dreaming, many believe it can:
- Boost creativity
- Reduce anxiety
- Promote personal growth
- Boost self-esteem
- Lower stress
- Increase mindfulness
How To Control Your Dreams Through Lucid Dreaming
If you’re interested in having a lucid dreaming experience, there are some tips you can use to set the scene.
- Dream journals
When you wake up in the morning, write down the details of your dream. This will help you better recognise the characteristics of dreaming (including when you’re sleeping!)
- Self talk
Many avid dreamers convince themselves they’re about to have a lucid dream before they doze off. They claim this contributes to lucid dreaming. The power of the mind, hey?
- Try Guayusa Tea
This one’s a little less known, but perhaps just as powerful. The Kichwa people of Ecuador have linked Guayusa Tea with lucid dreaming for thousands of years. They also believe this nourishing cuppa can help with dream vividity and recall.
While there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence, modern science is yet to confirm this phenomenon (as well as many other dream theories). But it’s suggested that the combination of caffeine (which energises you) and L-theanine (which calms you) could induce lucid dreaming.
If you’re interested in experiencing lucid dreaming, we encourage you to consume Guayusa throughout the day (whilst practicing these tips) and see if it works for you. It may be better to drink the tea over long periods of time, to aid the potential for lucid dreaming.
If lucid dreaming is not your cup of tea, you may still fall in love with Ayusa Tea for its rich concentration of antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and natural energy.
They don’t call it the Amazonian superleaf for nothing.
Enhance your dreaming with our Pure Guayusa Tea. We’ll donate $1 from every single tea canister we sell to the Ecuadorian Foundation Conciencia Amazonica, so they can continue sharing Guayusa with the world.
Written by Natasha Fair, founder of Ayusa Tea.