Coleus blumei is a very rarely mentioned plant in the mainstream ethnobotany community. It's an annual with colorful tripped out looking leaves. Traditionally, it was consumed by the Mazatec indians of Oaxaca for effects similar to Salvia Divinorum. Unlike most of the ethnobotanicals out there today, there doesn't seem to be a phytochemical understanding of the herb. One day the phytochemist of the world will get to it though. We do know that it does NOT contain salvinorum A, or any related illegal alkaloids. I am on a mission to spread the word about such herbs, and hope to see the popularity of these increase over the years. Contact me with suggestions on new botanicals to write about at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some claim Coleus blumei to be an oneirogen. This would make sense because of it often being compared to Salvia ( another oneirogen ). Unlike Salvia, it's unscheduled in the US. This means it's completely legal. That doesn't mean that it should be carelessly sold and used. People should use caution and prepare themselves if they are to consume medicinal or psychoactive plants. I am very curious as to its potential as a supplement. I do suggest first learning of potential negative effects or toxcitity before blindly trying something though. Another interesting fact is that it is native to Malaysia, where Kratom also grows! They have some useful plants that grow in Asia!
Assuming the research yeilds that this stuff isn't toxic, Coleus blumei could be made into oneirogen(dream) infusions. Infusions are combinations of herbs taken for their effects. The idea is to combine plants that compliment the effects of each other. There are so many entheogenic plants with dreamy properties that can stimulate your nightly visions during deep REM states of sleep. The idea is to be creative and craft your own infusion. Over the years I go through these pages and add to them and perfect them. You can expect more information and even some useful links on such botanicals in the future. This is an ever growing project aimed at educating and preserving the sacred knowledge of ethnobotany.
Other nick-names include: Flame Nettle, Painted Nettle, and Joseph's Coat.
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