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Mexican Dream Herb (Calea Zacatechichi) – Leaves and Flowers from Mexico

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Mexican Dreamherb

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Mexican Dream Herb (Calea Zacatechichi) - Leaves and Flowers from Mexico
Mexican Dream Herb (Calea Zacatechichi) - Leaves and Flowers from Mexico  11,25 152,50 Incl. VAT

Introducing Calea Zacatechichi, the Mexican Dream Herb.

Mexican Dream Herb, scientifically known as Calea zacatechichi, is a fascinating botanical species native to Mexico and Central America.

Botanical Information

Calea zacatechichi belongs to the Asteraceae family and is a small shrub or perennial herb characterized by its slender, serrated leaves and small, yellow flowers.

Mexican Dream Herb typically grows in sunny, well-drained habitats, such as open fields, along roadsides, and in disturbed areas. It is native to regions of Mexico, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.

Calea zacatechichi is also known by various other names, including “bitter grass” and “dream herb,” reflecting its bitter taste and traditional use as a dream-enhancing plant.

History and Cultural Significance

Calea zacatechichi has a long history of traditional use among indigenous peoples of Mexico, particularly the Chontal people of Oaxaca.

The plant has been used for centuries in traditional medicine and spiritual practices, valued for its purported ability to enhance dreaming, facilitate lucid dreaming, and induce prophetic visions.

In ancient Aztec culture, Calea zacatechichi was revered as a sacred plant and was believed to possess magical and divinatory properties. It was used by shamans and spiritual practitioners to gain insight, commune with spirits, and receive guidance from the spirit world.

Shamanic and Dream-Enhancing Uses

Calea zacatechichi is traditionally prepared as a tea, infusion, or smoke, with the dried leaves or leaf extracts being consumed or inhaled to induce altered states of consciousness.

Among the Chontal people and other indigenous groups, Calea zacatechichi is used in shamanic rituals and ceremonies to evoke vivid dreams, enhance dream recall, and facilitate communication with ancestral spirits and deities.

The plant is believed to act as a catalyst for accessing the subconscious mind and exploring the dream world, allowing individuals to gain insights, confront fears, and heal psychological wounds through their dreams.

Modern Research

While Calea zacatechichi has a long history of traditional use, scientific research on its medicinal properties and psychoactive effects is limited.

Some studies have investigated the potential neurochemical effects of the Mexican Dream Herb on dreaming and sleep patterns, but more research is needed to fully understand its mechanisms of action and therapeutic potential.

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