African Dream Root


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Botanical name: Silene capensis/undulata

Other names: Xhosa name; iindlela zimhlophe—”white ways/paths”

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Parts used: roots

Silene capensis is an African root used traditionally in Ulbulawu preparations. These roots are regarded by the African Xhosa people as Sacred and Shamanic, therefore Silene Capensis can be considered a psychoactive spiritual medicine used by indigenous people of southern Africa to communicate with their ancestral spirits. Capensis root is traditionally used to induce vivid and lucid dreams during the initiation process of shamans. A small amount of the root is pulverised slowly with water to produce a white froth. This froth is sucked off the top and swallowed. The user’s dreams for the following several nights are said to be more vivid than usual and easier to remember. Classified as a naturally occurring oneirogen similar to the more well-known dream herb Calea zacatechichi (dream Herb).


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Ratsch.C Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants

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