In celebration of the Surrealist Art exhibition showcasing Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Wellington Apothecary and Te Papa have collaborated on a tea designed to aid in the active shaping of the surreal and bizarre landscape of dreams.
Our dream tea contains a blend of herbs used since antiquity to facilitate connections to the divine through magical rites by enhancing the dream state and facilitating lucid or prophetic dreaming. These herbs, also known as “oneirogens” from the Greek ὄνειρος óneiros meaning "that which produces dream and are hypothesised to act by increasing REM duration and frequency, and increasing the number of dreams, their length, complexity, vividness, and lucidity.
About Blue Lotus - Nymphaea caerulea
Used by the ancient Egyptians and Mayans, blue lotus played an important role in rituals and rites. It can be found depicted in the Papyrus of Ani (the book of the dead), and on the tomb of Tutankhamun. Murals of devotees approaching temples of Hours and Osiris are pictured holding lotus flowers and the ancient murals of Bonampak in Mexico depict dancers holding the blue lotus to their noses and foreheads.
The psychoactive effects of BLUE LOTUS are attributed to the phytochemical aporphine, an alkaloid which acts as a D2 dopamine agonist. This alkaloid is mostly present in the flower and best extracted by steeping in boiled water. Blue lotus is said to produce a feeling of relaxation and euphoria that can last between 20 and 30 minutes
Ingredients mugwort Artemesia vulgaris*, spray free blue water lily Nymphaea caerulea*, skullcap Skutellaria lateriflora*, valerian Valeriana officinalis* and Rose Rosa ssp*. Organic