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Botanical name: Silene Capensis
Origin: South Africa
Common names: African Dream Root, African Dream Herb, Silene capensis, Silene undulata, undlela zimhlophe, and Xhosa.
African Dream Root (Silene capensis) is a natural dream enhancer -- or, an "oneirogen" -- that grows wild in South Africa. The herb is ground into a powder and drank as a tea, which produces powerful lucid dreams that occur in vivid detail and remain in your memory even after waking up. The plant has a history of sacred usage dating back centuries among the Xhosa people of South Africa, who use Silene capensis in shamanic ceremonies.
Silene capensis can be consumed in a variety of ways, the two most common being as a tea and as a "froth". Once you receive your root pieces, use a coffee grinder, blender, or mortar and pestle to grind the roots into a powder.
To make a tea, simply mix one teaspoon of powder with two cups of boiling water. Allow the Silene capensis to steep, and then strain out the powder once the water has cooled. The infused water can now be consumed, preferably a few hours before bedtime.
To make a "froth", add one teaspoon to two cups of cold water, and lightly shake the mixture in a closed jar. Store this mixture overnight in a refrigerator. Then, either shake the mixture aggressively until a thick froth emerges. Use a straw to drink the bubbly froth from the surface of the mixture. Once the froth has been consumed, repeat the process by shaking the mixture once again and producing more froth. Repeat until satisfied.
Dosage may vary between individuals. Exercise caution and try out different amounts to find out what works best for you. Some people report that the effects don't begin until the third or fourth day of using Silene capensis.
Note: using Caffeine in excess may affect your sleep quality and ability to recall dreams, so if you notice that the Silene capensis isn't very strong, cutting back on coffee and tea may help the effects!
Make sure to consult a medical professional before consuming this herb.
CAM & Herbalist