Calea zacatechichi is a Mexican herb commonly used in folk medicine to treat dysentery, fevers, gastrointestinal complaints and respiratory disorders such as asthma.
The native Chontal people of Oaxaca call it thle-pela-kano, and use it for divination rituals which involve smoking the plant, drinking it as a tea, and placing it under a pillow to induce divinatory dreams.
Current popular use confirms Calea leaf is a viable smoking alternative, giving a dreamy effect. As a tea it may induce lucid dreaming. The following day, some ‘lucid dreamers’ report feeling a wonderful sense of well-being and clarity of mind and senses.
Calea is best smoked soon after harvest in winter; the fresher the better, as the potency reduces with age (like us all). Calea tea indeed tastes terrible and pungent (and that’s an understatement!). A nicer way of using Calea is to wet a heaped tablespoon of leaves and swallow them down just before bed. The smoking of dried leaf may also assist. The awareness of one’s heartbeat seems to predict the correct dosage.
After ingesting, ask a pertinent question, close your eyes and drift off into your own dreamtime. This herb only works for dreamtime spiritual journeying purposes, although one woman did use it to find out who stole her video cassette recorder ... very cosmic! It seems the day after taking Calea you feel fantastic.
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