Iqwili is a very rare ethnobotanical that came all the way from Africa. It goes by the scientific name of Alepidea amatymbica ( or iqwili ). Traditionally the dry rhizome and roots were prized as a smoke, or powdered and consumed in the form of a snuff by diviners and healers to assist in religious ceremonies. The effects produced sedation and vivid dreams, easing one to sleep while stimulating their dreams. Medicinally it was also believed to help with headaches, coughs[2], "in the management of opportunistic fungal infections in HIV/AIDS"[1], and more.


The Xhosa peoples living in south-eastern South Africa use it for self-fortification and warding off evil spirits. The Xhosa people also prized a lot of other plants, as their history and culture is very much integrated with nature, and these sacred plants. If you read around on this website you will hear a lot about the Xhosa people and popular ethnobotanicals from South Africa. You may also want to read about Xhosa Dream Herb here.


Other Medicinal Uses Include:

Many believe this entheogen of South Africa to promote health for colds and chest complaints, asthma, influenza and abdominal cramps.

Other common names for the Alepidea species include Ikhathazo (Zulu), kalmoes (Afr.), Lesoko (Sotho), Iqwili in the Xhosa language and "large tinsel flower": (Eng.);

Infusion (Dream Elixir): Xhosa Root, Alepidea ( iqwili ), Cilantro, Calea zachatechichi, Salvia divinorum, Impheopho, Almond.


The above mentioned infusion is a variety of African prized oneirogens. It's a very powerful combination and should be used in very small dosages. They should all be ground into a fine powder and added to everclear. The resulting mixture should be soaked for at least one month, in a dry, cool, dark place. This is called a tincture, or an infused tincture in this case. Alcohol has the potential to absorb more than water as the polarity of certain phytochemical substances can vary. If you want a successfully medicine then this point should be kept in mind as some plants are better used in tea form, decoction, tincture, or eaten.


Some argue that plants such as iqwili should not be labeled an entheogen. Something more along the lines of Ayahuasca is, they say. Is a plant that opens your third eye. "Third eye", is often viewed as a new age term but it's actually in reference to the "pineal gland", which does exist, and has been studied and written about by the University Of Colorado. It's believed that during REM sleep Iqwili can induce heightened states of awareness and enhanced dreams. Is this not a form of 'a plant consumed to induce a nonordinary state of consciousness for spiritual purposes'? This is the definition of an entheogen. I believe that this oneirogen deserves to share the classification title with the rest of the respectable plant medicines out there that have earned that classification title.


Xhosa Ethnobotany

                    The Xhosa people and the plants they have used are very fascinating to me. Today we know that these plants actually do have science to back up their mysterious and powerful psychoactive and medicinal effects. Yet, there is no doubt that the Xhosa people were some of the first to research these plants, even without fancy laboratories or expensive equipment. They were discovering things that the mainstream public and science refuse to even look at most of the time. Of course, there are always the radical scientist and other researchers with open minds that have our backs.


Thanks to people like this, this sacred knowledge has been preserved and passed down for thousands of years, and with no need for technology. These wise cultures have faced many challenges throughout the centuries in terms of survival, health, and comfort. The earth that we live on is our home and has been a teacher, a giver, and a healer to these peaceful, loving, and wise cultures. These are the ways of the old world. The new world wants to do away with all that is good, for the sake of profit and excessive capitolism. A lot of shops used to sell this Alepidea product. Sadly, there is a covert effort to stop certain plants from being sold and discussed in the United States.


       Don't allow the new world to deprive you of what's real, and what matters. I woulnd't suggest filling your lives with more artificialness. Intend not to stimulate a machine that enforces a backwards way of living. I just want to share with you the story of the old world. In the old world people did not have the worries of bills, annoying responsibilities, and the stressful adult ways of life like we do today in the modern world. Back then, the only responsibilities were to grow food, medicine, build shelter, and live happily ever after. In my eyes these people wanted to live pure and pursued wise, peaceful, healthy, happy, and free lives. So should we :)


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