The Dream Herb:
How to Use Calea Zacatechichi
for Vivid Dreams

Calea zacatechichi is considered THE DREAM HERB – it has an unparalleled ability to increase dream activity and produce vivid, meaningful, and even life-like dream experiences. 

If you’re interested in exploring your own consciousness, are curious about the Dream World, or have a desire to deepen your relationship with yourself then Calea zacatechichi is a must do.

Calea Zacatechichi: The Dream Herb

Calea Zacatechichi is an indigenous plant of Oaxaca, Mexico and was originally used by the Chontal Natives as a form of divination, to increase dreaming, and to induce lucid dreams.   Traditionally, seekers would brew Calea zacatechichi into a tea using either fresh or dried leaves, stems, and flowers.  Just before going to bed, they would slowly sip the tea while simultaneously smoking a Calea zacatechichi cigarette.  During the night, the Calea Z worked its magic by creating vivid dreamscapes and produced meaningful insights for the dreamer, thus Calea zacatechichi was aptly named, the “Dream Herb.”

According to the Chontal Medicine Men, Calea Z helps clarify the senses – particularly the inner senses – and induces a state of euphoria.  Other reported effects include mild auditory hallucinations such as being more aware of sound, where it’s coming from, and its distance.  Chontal Natives believed these sounds were the “voice of God,” and nicknamed the herb, “The Leaf of God.”

Other names for Calea zacatechichi include: Calea ternifolia (Latin) and Bitter Grass.

Effects of the Dream Herb

The primary effect of the Dream Herb is to increase the vividness, depth, and clarity of your dreams.  It helps induce dreams that are rich with personal meaning, deeply symbolic, and even prophetic and it increases your ability to lucid dream. 

While the majority of the effects of Calea Z take place in the dream world, it has a noticeable impact on walking life as well.  Ingesting Calea Z induces a state of relaxation, which is ideal before sleep and helps combat insomnia.  You might also notice a slight loss of coordination, but nothing major – this is due to the state of deep relaxation the herb puts you in.  The state of relaxation and euphoria induced can last through the morning, giving you time to reflect on your dream experiences and the messages they convey.

The Dream Herb Experiences

My dream experiences with the Calea Z have been deeply meaningful.  I would say that the most noticeable difference with my dreams while using Calea Z is that the messages conveyed in the dreams are much clearer to me and easier to interpret – they are easy to translate and easy it is to decipher their meaning. 

I have had a long-term reoccurring dream in which I am in high school and need to graduate.  Over a three-month period, the dream transformed and I finally graduated.  Most recently, I had a variation of this dream while I was under the influence of Calea Tea:

In the dream, I am walking alone down a corridor of the high school, which is a boarding school.  I am aware that my mother and grandfather are in my room, packing up my things.  They are talking to each other and even though they are nowhere near me, I am telepathically aware of their conversation. 

One of them says to the other, “She thinks she needs to graduate, but she never really needed to.”

This is a revelation to me.  It was all in my head, the whole time.  For six years, I dreamt that I had 2 years left of high school to complete and even though I had other degrees and had done many other things, I still held on to the belief that I needed to graduate high school.  But in fact, it was all in my head – I never needed to complete high school in the first place – it was merely something I had told myself I needed to do.

I translate this experience into my waking life:  What am I doing in my life that I don’t need to be doing?  What do I feel compelled to do, but don’t actually have to do?  What else is just in my head, but I don’t have the clarity from where I sit to understand that it’s just my own creation?

The above dream may not seem too profound to you – and it doesn't have to.  Dreams are deeply personal so the messages that you receive through your dreams are tailored just for you.  For me, the dream provided deep insight, in a way that wasn't as accessible without the help of the dream herb.

Methods of Consumption

There are three primary methods for consuming the Dream Herb:

  1. Drinking tea
  2. Inhaling
  3. Ingesting capsules

Drinking Tea

Drinking Calea Zacatechichi tea is the traditional method for ingesting the leaf.  I find the tea to be quite relaxing and an easy way to get the benefits of the Dream Herb.  Although many people report that the tea tastes awful, I found it to have quite a pleasant flavor and it was perfectly palatable.  Read my instructions on how to prepare Calea Tea


Inhaling Calea Z allows the relaxation effect of the herb to take affect much quicker than drinking the tea alone.  In combination with drinking the tea, I found the added inhalation increased my relaxation, produced deeper sleep, and made my dreams longer, more life-like, and rich with easily accessible messages.  

I’m not a fan of smoking, so I prefer to vaporize Calea Z.  It’s considerably healthier and you get the same effect.  I use the Magic Flight Launch Box with good results.  You can use any vaporizer, but make sure you get one that vaporizes dry herb, not oil or resin. 


Another option is to ingest the Calea Z using capsules.  It’s very easy to make your own Dream Herb capsules.  Pick up some empty capsule gels, fill with dry leaf, and swallow before going to sleep, or after 3 – 4 hours of sleep.  You can experiment with the timing and with the number of capsules you take. I recommend starting with one capsule and if you find you  want more, increasing your dosage to two. 

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