Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Calea Zacatechichi = Herb-of-Dream

Calea zacatechichi, also known as Herb-of-dream, is a plant used by the indigenous Mexico Oaxaca for divination based on dreams.


The Oaxaca state that this plant is able to "clarify the senses", calling the herb "THLE-by-kano" which means "leaf of God." Whenever they want to know the cause of an illness or the location of a distant or lost person, dry leaves are smoked the plant, in infusions or beverages are placed under the pillow before bedtime. Reportedly, the answer to the question is shown in a dream.

Preparation and dosing

The dried leaves are crushed and steeped in hot water, the resulting tea is drunk slowly, after the user goes to a quiet place and smokes a cigarette of the dried leaves of the same plant. The human dose for divinatory purposes reported by the people of Oaxaca is a handful of the leaves.

You know it took a great deal when a sense of tranquility and drowsiness is experienced and when they hear the beating of his heart and pulse rate. Calea is a very bitter herb.Many users prefer to smoke instead of drinking tea.There are no reports of hangover or other undesirable side effects.


Calea grow by seed is difficult, the most common way to grow it is by the propagation of cuttings. The Calea plant likes full sun, well drained soil and plenty of irrigation. A good soil mix for growing Calea is 1 / 3 of a good substrate, 1 / 3 vermiculite and 1 / 3 humus. Propagation by seed can be attempted with the following method:

Sow the seeds in a pot with soil mix as above. Do not cover the seeds, moisten the seeds with water and cover with a plastic bag. This little greenhouse needs 4-6 hours of light to germinate. If the seeds dry out during this period, the plants will not germinate.


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