Nightmares are bad dreams that bother, upset, or frighten an individual, which wakens them during the night or during sleep. Some people can remember their dream and some don’t.
Children can experience them as night terrors which causes them to scream out, need a nightlight or even cause them to jump into bed with a sibling or parents.
Causes are largely unknown in the medical field, and sedating medication may be the only tool, along with the side effects.
From the natural viewpoint nightmares are the result of stress and nervous disorders. Treat the nervous system during the day with nervines or other natural therapies and nightmares will diminish.
For added nutrition include magnesium to relax muscles and reduce nerve tension. Use B-complex vitamins in double amounts as recommended on the package for several weeks or longer if in a stressful life situation.
Herbs for Nightmares
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Hops – helps as a strong sedative and may help to get to sleep and stop nightmare; best in the short-term.
Passion flower – nerve calming, sedating, muscle relaxing and cardio calming.
Thyme – improves sleep from improved digestion, relaxes the muscles, and respiratory system.
Valerian – muscle relaxing and sedating.
Wild lettuce – anti-spasmodic and calming, sleep inducing and pain relieving.
Cell Salts to Help Diminish Nightmares
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
#2 Calc phos 6X – muscular tension, digestion
#6 Kali phos 6X – nervous tension
#8 Mag phos 6X –relax and feed muscles
Nightmare Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Stramonium (#1) – children’s night terrors often from seeing or being a victim of violence; wakes from nightmare screaming, but can’t remember the dream.
Calcarea carb – gets nightmares from the television or impressionable from frightful movies; often with obesity; weak ankles.
Carcinosinum – night terrors in children; passionate, sensitive, sympathetic; adult-like; doesn’t like consolation; from an abusive relationship.
Cina – night terrors in children with daytime nervous energy and irritability; may be associated with hyperactivity or parasites.
Paeonia – nightmares, terrifying; often combined with hemorrhoids, fissures or rectal problems.
Phosphorus – oversensitive; fears the dark, ghosts; social person; can’t see scary movies, very impressionable; tendency to nosebleeds.
Sulphur – nightmares in an intellectual person that may be messy; feet get hot and they stick them out of the bed covers.
Tuberculinum – child night terrors and aggressive behavior; may also be accompanied with respiratory problems.
Source: Dave's Healing Notes