Dream herbsThe content and purpose of dreams have long been a subject of philosophical and religious interest. Throughout recorded history many herbs and substances have been used to enhance the experience of dreams (oneirogens). In traditional African medicine for example, the seeds of Entada rheedii are used to induce vivid dreams, enabling communication with the spirit world.
Dream herbA herb especially known for it's ability to affect dreams is Calea zacatechichi, better known as dream herb. Calea zacatechichi is native to Mexico and Central America. The leaves are smoked or drunk as tea to enhance the vividness and clarity of dreams, making it easier to recall them.
Lucid dreamsSome herbs, like Silene capensis, are known to induce lucid dreams. A lucid dream is a dream in which you are aware that you are dreaming. Most people experience lucid dreaming at least once in their life.
Calea zacatechichi (dream herb)
Calea zacatechichi, bitter-grass, or dream herb, is a plant native to Mexico and Central America. Calea zacatechichi enhances the vividness and clarity of your dreams and makes it easier to recall them. The leaves are usually drunk as tea.
Entada rheedii (African dream herb)
The white interior of the seeds of Entada rheedii, commonly known as the African Dream Herb or Snuff Box Sea Bean, is consumed directly or with other herbs just before sleep to induce vivid dreams. In Jamaica it is knows as the Cacoon Vine.
Silene capensis (African dream root)
Whole or shredded roots
The roots from the Silene capensis (Silene undulata), or African dream root, are traditionally used to induce vivid lucid dreams. The plant is native to the Eastern Cape of South Africa, where it has been used in spiritual rituals for centuries.
Tagetes lucida (Mexican tarragon)
25 grams shredded leaves
Tagetes lucida, or Mexican tarragon, is a species of marigold that helps relax the nerves and calm the stomach. Up to 2 grams of the dried plant matter taken orally has been found to cause alertness, a feeling of well-being and a warming of the body. Dream enhancement is also commonly experienced.