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Xhosa dream root is an oneirogen. It's a perennial plant native to Eastern South Africa. There, it's regarded as a sacred plant with the remarkable power to induce vivid and prophetic lucid dreams. It has often been refered to by the name of "Ubulawu". Often times Silene capensis is described to be more powerful than even Calea Zacatechichi, or even the African Oneirogen ( Entada rheedii ).
A very small amount of the root is needed for desired effects. It can be boiled ( a decoction ), ground into a powder and eaten, or made into a tincture. It has a very bitter taste when eaten. A decoction or tincture is more bearable. The taste can easily be modified by using Cinnamon, Ginger, and other flavorable herbs. Ginger root also aids in digestion and can enhance the infusion.
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Although the roots were traditionally used as an oneirogen or ally to induce lucid dreams and enhance overall dreaming, I like to use all parts of the plant including the beautiful white flowers. You can capture some incredible oils from the fresh organic material. I find the foliage and flowers are also useful in tinctures and infusions of an oneirogen type nature.
In general these Xhosa plants are very easy to cultivate. Don't worry about over watering Xhosa ( Silene capensis ). This plant loves and requires water more than most other plants. You can water them once in the morning, and by the end of the day they may require to be watered even more. Generally, water once to twice per day. If they begin to wilt, water immediately. They are not easily cultivated via clones or cuttings. I have no idea why but on the bright side the seeds are easy enough to work with. Start them in a small pot indoors and cover with a thin layer of soil. Use some good rich organic soil with excellent drainage. Perlite can be added to improve drainage and airation. Later this year I will add some high quality images of some live Xhosa plants.
In general, the phytochemicals commonly suspected to cause the oneirogenic effects are called triterpenoid saponins. I disagree with this belief. I think some other phytochemical is responsible. A lot of plants contain saponins and not all of them are known oneirogens. Triterpenoid saponins are naturally occurring compounds that exist in multiple plants. The ability of the plants to create these pharmacological constituents is wired into their DNA ( Deoxyribonucleic acid ).
There are many oneirogen plants native to Africa. I decided to make an infused tincture out of several of them. The results were astounding. You can easily make your own infused tincture. First, select the plants of your choice. Choose plants with properties that should work synergistically with one another.
After you have selected your tools, you're ready to begin. Grind them up, and soak them in high proof alcohol ( preferably everclear, at least 75% alc ). Allow the mixture to soak for at least one month. Now the resulting extract can be filtered and added to glass bottles with droppers for use. Store them in a cool, dark place. You can also steam distill the oils from the alcohol. The remaining organic matter can be bushed to ashes and filtered through acidified alcohol to extract the plant salts.
Organic Xhosa Dream Herb Scientific Name: Silene capensis
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