Dream Herb [Calea zachatechichi] Effects, Benefits, And Methods Of Use
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What are the effects of Dream Herb?
I've noticed that this "dream herb" tends to make me feel even more sleepy when I take it. I try to get in bed prior to being exhausted, so that I can incubate dreams, go over dream journals, and things like that. Within about ten minutes of consumption, I can feel myself becoming sleepy and my body feeling fluffy and sedated. I try to focus my intention on expanding my internal awareness. It's good to put on some cool bianural beats during this process, and meditate. According to shamanic culture, this is the way to do it.
"Shamans work with these planta maesteras ( plant teachers ) by taking them daily for long periods of time. After consuming the herb, the practice of the shaman is to focus their intention. The goal is to take them with full awareness that you are allowing into your body a whole new form of intelligence. You need to observe what it's doing for you."(Heaven, Charing 2006 58) This is how I've learned to get to know the Dream Herb ( Calea zachatechichi ). I find the more that I use it, the more familiar that I become with its effects and benefits.
From my experience, Dream Herb ( Calea zachatechichi ), changes your dreams from typical waking life experiences, to mystical environments beyond your wildest imagination. It helps me to remember much longer periods of my dreams, and makes them a lot more out of the ordinary. There are times though that without it, my dreams are out of the ordinary. Everyone will react differently to these oneirogens, and it's important to use the method described above so you can note what they are doing for you.
How is Dream Herb taken or prepared?
This is where I don't follow tradition. Traditionally Dream Herb is made into a tea or smoked in a cigarette, or both, before bed. Most herbal teas don't taste that bad to me. Calea zachatechichi tea on the other hand, is absolutely horrible. I take it like it's Kratom, meaning that I pour it on my tongue and chase it with a drink. Sometimes, I find that combining it with other oneirogens like Passion Flower, or Nutmeg, can enhance the over all experience that I'm seeking.
Does Dream Herb have any other
Calea z. is used as an herbal medicine for dysentery and fever in Mexico.  Dysentery is quite a nasty condition that involves inflammation of the intestine causing diarrhea with blood. The Zoque Popoluca people use it for asthma, while the Mixe people use it for stomachache and fever. Many people are unaware of these medicinal benefits and primarily know it as an oneirogen. It's good to know that plants almost always have more than one use, and this plant is no different.
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