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Mugwort ( Artemisia vulgaris )
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Mugwort has a historic reputation as a powerful oneirogen. It has many other medicinal properties as well. It's closely related to wormwood.

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Calea zacatechichi is another oneirogenic plant species. It was originally used in Mexico. Capsules or a tincture chased with juice is often suggested for this one.




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Tuning In To The Plant Spirits Of Blue Lotus And Kava

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This article pertains to more plants than the Blue Lotus and Kava Kava. I just decided to use those two as examples sense they were among the first on my bucket-list of psychoactive plants to experiment with. For shamans, this is done with any plant, whether its considered psychoactive or not. They also believe that the plant teaches you how to use it, and that this knowledge comes to you in visions and dreams.[1]


I noticed a long time ago that certain psychoactive plants seem to work much better when used in conjunction with meditation. Being in a deep meditative state seems to activate the plants properties. It seems to tune you in to the spirit of the plant. Then, I eventually discovered while doing research over the years, that from a shamanic perspective, this is exactly how it's done. Shamans enter these trance like meditative states in order to tune in to the subtle properties of the plants.[1] This allows the plants to take them on a journey. It's a way of meeting the plant ally in sacred spirit space.[1] Certain plants are far from subtle tho, and those do not necessarily require this, yet it always makes the experience more fulfilling.

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Two examples of plants that meditation seems to activate and enhance are the sacred Blue Lotus, and Kava Kava. Kava grows on certain islands in the pacific ocean. It resembles beach sand in both its aroma and appearance. The buzz always makes me think of lying on the beach in a hammock after a long hard days work in the outdoors. Its pretty amazing stuff. When I meditate using Kava, the effects are intensified dramatically. I feel that my mind can control the vibes which permeate my body even more under its influence. The spirit of the plant merges with mine, and my intentions are amplified. I imagine that my body is the sand at the edge of the ocean. Then I imagine the ocean water washes over me. I do this while listening to audio of ocean waves crashing. It's pretty incredible. It feels like your soul is having an orgasm that never ends.


With the Blue Lotus, it's a very similar experience only it has its own unique vibe. Its feels as though there is this warm glow permeating throughout your entire being and extending a couple of feet out of your body. This warm glow feels like the same frequency of the color blue, which synchronistically is the color of the petals of the Blue Lotus lilly. After meditating for about 30 minutes with the sacred narcotic lilly of the nile, you feel like a million joints. When you finally get up and out of bed, everything has this extra glow to it. Everything twinkles with bliss, colors are extra brilliant, and your entire body is in a complete and total state of ecstasy.

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Kava can be made into a tincture, or the traditional method was to make it into a cold water tea. It's soaked in the water, and squeezed out using a cheese cloth. This process is repeated several times. I get the powdered Kava from Bouncing Bear. I find it much better than the whole root, and much easier to work with. Dosages vary, so I can't really tell you how much is needed. It's never the same, and it seems that tolerance builds very quickly with it. It works best when used maybe once a week, and when you have some time off and really wanna kick back and relax. It's a great night time drink and many people find it an excellent alternative to alcohol. On Vanuatu Island, alcohol is illegal and Kava bars are everywhere.


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Blue lotus can either be made into a spagyric, tincture, or a special tea. A spagyric is just a tincture that has the oil separated first, then added back to the spirit(tincture), and then crystals are extracted from the ashes and added back to the final product. I don't suggest the tea unless you add a shot of everclear, so that all of the non-polar alkaloids can be dissolved into the water. If you want to keep it simple, make a tincture by just soaking the blue lotus flowers and stamens in everclear for a month, or an extract. Then filter out the remaining and evaporate as much of the alcohol as possible so your left with an oily substance. This concentrates it and makes it strong enough for use. Personally, I prefer an extract that Bouncing Bear has. It's amazing. Don't add it to tea. I toss and wash it on an empty stomach like Kratom and then meditate. I take at least one gram for a dose. The extract can also be made into a tincture or spagyric.


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[1] Heaven, R., & Charing, H. G. (2006). Plant spirit Shamanism: Traditional techniques for healing the soul. Rochester, VT: Destiny Books.


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