Botanical name: Calea zacatechichi/Calea ternifolia
Other names: Dream Herb, Leaf of God, Thle-pelakano, Bitter Grass
Parts used: Leaves, steams & flowers
Calea ternifolia (syn. Calea zacatechichi) is a species of flowering plant in the aster family, Asteraceae. It is native to Mexico and Central America. Zacatechichi, the former species name, is a Nahuatl word meaning “bitter grass” and alludes to the bitter nature of this herb. It is a medium sized shrub that has reportedly been used by the Chontal indians of Mexico since pre columbian times for divination and for dream induction and recall. Calea zacatechichi is used to induce psychic dreams, remembrance of dreams, and to increase dreaming in general. In addition, Calea zacatechichi has also been studied for mental enhancement and sleep. The dried leaves and stems have also been smoked, applied topically, placed under the pillow, made into tea, and ingested to remedy a host of ailments. Classified as a naturally occurring oneirogen.