African Dream Root – Silene capensis
Botanical Classifications: Silene undulata / Silene Capensis
Properties: Saponins, Antioxidant, Amino acids, Fatty acids, Triterpene glycosides, Anti-bacterial, Alkaloids, Diterpenoids
What is African Dream Root?
African Dream Root, also known as Silene capensis or Ubulawu, is a fascinating plant with a rich history of use in traditional African medicine. It’s a perennial plant native to the Green River valleys in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa. It grows up to two feet in height with white flowers that open at night and close during the day. After multiple years of growing, the roots of the plant are harvested and dried to be prepared in rituals.
The Traditional Uses of Silene Capensis
The traditional uses of African Dream Root are deeply rooted in the spiritual and medicinal practices of some African cultures. For centuries, it has been used by indigenous healers to induce lucid dreams, spiritual visions, and enhance one’s connection to the spirit world. Traditionally, the flower and root of this plant have been utilized by the Xhosa, Zulu, and Sotho people through ceremonies. These tribes often prepare the root as a tea or powder and consume it before sleep.
The Xhosa people of South Africa grind African Dream Root it into a very fine powder then mix with water to create a milky liquid. Silene capensis is often consumed along with song and dance to stimulate connection to one’s ancestors.
What Does African Dream Root Do?
The chemical compounds found in African Dream Root are not yet fully understood, but it is believed that triterpenoid saponins, flavonoids, and alkaloids are the active components that contribute to its psychoactive and sedative effects. Silene capensis has been shown to obtain properties similar to Dream Herb Calea zacatechichi. These effects are responsible for inducing lucid dreams and other spiritual experiences that make African Dream Root highly sought after.
Where To Buy African Dream Root?
When it comes to buying African Dream Root, it is crucial to be careful and buy only from reputable sources. Due to its increasing popularity, there are many low-quality and counterfeit products on the market. A reputable supplier who sources the plant ethically and sustainably should be sought out. Herb Stomp sources from only the best suppliers to deliver our customers quality ethnobotanicals.
Known Health Precautions:
There’s limited scientific research on the plant but children, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid ingesting African Dream Root. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications. NO information on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All information, including but not limited to, text, images, or other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. When consumed in higher dosages, African Dream Root is known to cause disturbing dreams, irritate the digestive tract and cause vomiting.
This product has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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