An Herbal Oneirogen

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         Helichrysum odoratissimum is the scientific name of a plant commonly referred to as Imphepho or Kooigoed by KwaZulu-Natal natives. It's a very mysterious and historic plant native to South Africa. Typically, all you can read about it online is the same paraphrased text over and over again ( same thing reworded ). I pride myself on bringing you original content so enjoy learning something different on this website. I will share with you my own personal experience with the stuff!

Imphepho is one of many botanicals listed on this website that originates from Africa, where the culture has been integrated with the use of sacred plants for centuries. It's important to note that when using plants or substances to enhance your dream life, it's best to already have some sort of relationship with your dreams to begin with. If you regularly write them down in the morning, then that's when you'll notice a difference after using this stuff ( in my opinion ).

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Imphepho has medicinal qualities yet you don't really hear about that on many other online blogs. It's been traditionally used for treating coughs, colds, headaches, and other ailments by shamanic practitioners in African cultures. There is common scientific knowledge about the plant, regarding its chemical constituents and actions it induces. The active alkaloid content of this "entheogenic" gem, appears to be the Chalcone constituent and Helichrysetin compound produced by the plant. It's likely that these chemical alkaloids are responsbiel for the "visions", sedation and lucid dream induction that are commonly reported from its use.

It's often combined with Tobacco, or used as a natural aromatic incense that aids in relaxation and meditation when burned in your sacred environment. This is not a spice hint as this stuff is completely natural. I'd like to see phytochemist and other researchers find out even more about this stuff. I decided that I would conduct my own research by consuming the stuff in several different ways. I prepared 4 grams of capsules, a tincture ( which took me a month ), and a tea. I waited until I had three nights in a row of dreams that I could recall in the morning and document, and then consumed the Imphepho curiously to see what the results would be. The capsules oddly enough worked the best.

The results didn't suprise me too much because I've tried a lot of herbal oneirogens, and almost always had results with them. My dreams were even more dreamy than usual. It seemed to enhance that imaginative like state of consciousness. In other words, they became more distant from what could happen in the waking world and became more "out there". I can absolutely see how this could be a beneficial tool for inducing lucidity in ones nightly adventures in their own mind. As far as providing you with more and more "dream signs", or indications that you're in fact asleep and in your own head, I absoutely find this stuff to be a valuable tool.

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Imphepho is just one of many forms of sacred medicines used by the native people of Africa. In fact, there are so many tools their for manifesting the psyche that it's nearly impossible to document them all. These cultures have embraced and be-friended nature for centuries, while learning a great deal in the process. Their knowledge of plant based medicines, and the spiritual use of plants is very impressive and has even made an impact in modern science by giving researchers an idea about where to look, and which herbs to research for their pharmacological potential.

Westerners today are only beginning to catch on to these ancient practices, where as these cultures have utilized them for ages with no phytochemical knowledge needed. This doesn't suprise me because most places that sell supplements and herbal products have stock in botanicals that most people have heard of.. Mr. Botanicals on the other hand specialize in rare exotic herbs that most people have never heard of... I'm proud to support these guys and girls.

Imphepho (hooigoed) is definately something to be used in the evening rather than the day. This is due to its sedative effects which from my experiences with it, aid in relaxation, thus enabling one to overcome insomnia by slowly allowing tension to melt away as the user then begins drifting off to sleep. This type of substance is also commonly referred to as an "Oneirogen". Oneirogens are also known as "dream herbs". A lot of them have a history of use by cultures in the Amazon, Peru, China, and Africa. Some other similar supplements include: Dream Herb; (Calea zacatechichi) , Xhosa Dream Herb( Silene Capensis;) , African Dream Herb (Entada rheedii ), Alepidea (Amatymbica iqwili ), Cowage (Mucuna pruriens), Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)

I'm always doing a lot of research, personal experimentation , and documentation of my experiences with these types of sacred plant medicines and tools for exploring consciousness. If you enjoy my content, please book mark the site and come back! To me, there is always room for another addition to my stash. Check out the Oneirogens section here on the site to learn about many more of these. If this is a topic that really captures your interest, you may enjoy this book called "Drugs Of The Dreaming". It's about the cultural and pharmacological value of these plants. I pride myself in providing you with unique(original), and rare content on exotic and rare ethnobotanicals, espcially oneirogenic type plants. Thanks again!

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References & Resources: ( See more @ Bottom Of Page )

Helichrysum petiolare. (2016, January 20). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 15:36, January 20, 2016, from

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