Calea dream herb is also known as ‘dog grass’ or Calea zacatechichi (“bitter grass”). The shrub belongs to the sunflower family and grows naturally in the Mexican highlands and certain parts of Costa Rica. Calea zacatechichi measures 1 – 1.5 m in height. The plant has many branches with oviform and opposite leaves (3-5 cm long and 2-4 cm wide).
It is used by the Chontal Indians of Mexico to obtain divinatory messages during dreaming and in Mexican folk medicine as an aperitif and to improve the natural metabolism. Indians have been naming Calea ‘leaf of God’. It is valued for its ability to clear the senses, to induce visions in dreams and as a healing plant in general. Shamans use the herb to receive divine messages in their dreams. Ordinary people in Mexico use it to increase appetite and as a health product that supports a natural digestion, among other things.
Calea provides a restful and drowsy effect. The psychoactive effect is subtle and can be described as dreamlike. Some people will notice a clarity of mind. Mexican Indians consider Calea a hallucinogen, although no hallucinogenic alkaloid has yet been isolated.
3 to 25 grams of the shredded dried leaves are drunk as tea. It tastes very bitter so we advice you to sweeten it with honey.