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 (oneirogenic).