A dream occurring during rapid eye movement sleep that brings out feelings of fear, terror, anxiety or distress and usually awakens the sleeper.

Herbal Aids:

Nervous Nightmares: Take a small quantity of freshly extracted rue juice. [SNH p.295]

General Instructions: Eat light meals only before retiring. Be sure bowels are moving freely. Catnip tea and enema can help a really bad terror. Be selective of daily mental input. [EWH p.167]

Hops: You can moisten the Hops with water mixed with a little glycerine to reduce the rustling--which might cause insomnia in itself, some suggest! Or you can moisten the Hops with a little alcohol in order to release the medicinal values. Interestingly, as we will relate in the section on Recent Research below, researchers have not been able to find any evidence of physiological activity on the nervous system in Hops. Yet, as Michael Moore pointed out, "Anyone who drinks much of the tea will tend to fall asleep or get groggy". He mentioned that Hops is "a wonderful herbal aid for insomnia brought on by trashing out on oyster stew or candied watermelon peels (and similar gastric manias) shortly before retiring. When the usual nightmares concerning Attila the Hun or the Teapot Dome Scandal ensue and the indulger is unable to reconcile several realities (including being awake with a stomachache at three in the morning) the Hops can be brewed up" (Moore:84). [UW-Hops]

Rosemary: Levy quite seriously mentions that the gypsies place sprigs of Rosemary under the pillows of sleepers, especially children, to protect them from evil spirits and from nightmares. She did so with her children and suggests that people do the same. Others say that the herbs in a small pillow near or under the pillow make for a good night's rest. [UW-Rosemary]

Catnip: The young tops...made into a conserve, help relieve nightmares [NL 6-2]

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