Dried Calea Zacatechichi
is from from Southern Mexico and Northern Costa Rica, and is also known as Dream Herb
, Leaf of God
and Bitter Grass
Shamans are known to use Calea Zacatechichi
for "oneiromancy" (a form of divination based on lucid dreaming) or as a dream potentiator. This herb has also reportedly been used by the Chontal indians of Mexico as a hallucinogen. These natives say the use of Calea Zacatechichi
brings divinatory messages during dreaming. The Chontal Indians, who believe in visions seen in dreams, take tea of Calea zacatechichi with crushed dried leaves or smoke cigarettes from the leaves before going to sleep. The Chontal Shaman call it "thepelakano"
or leaves of god
It has been demonstrated that extracts of this plant increase reaction times and the frequency and/or recollection of dreams versus placebo and diazepam.
is also traditionally used as a medicinal herb to treat fevers and diarrhea.
As with any herb or supplement, a physician should be consulted prior to use.
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