Dream Herb: Using Calea Zacatechichi for Vivid Dreams

The Dream Herb

Calea Zacatechichi is considered THE DREAM HERB.  It has an unparalleled ability to increase dream activity and produce vivid, meaningful, and life-like dreams.

If you want to explore your own consciousness, experience more vivid dreams, lucid dream or deepen your relationship with yourself, then Calea Zacatechichi is a must!

The Dream Herb Origins

Calea Zacatechichi is an indigenous plant of Oaxaca, Mexico. It has been used for centuries by the Chontal Natives as a form of divination, to have prophetic dreams, to increase dreaming, and to induce lucid dreams.

Seekers brew Calea Zacatechichi into a tea using fresh or dried leaves, stems, and flowers.  Just before going to bed, seekers slowly sip the tea while simultaneously smoking a Calea Zacatechichi cigarette.

During the night, the dream herb works its magic by creating vivid dreamscapes and producing meaningful insights for the dreamer.  Thus Calea Zacatechichi is 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 effects include mild auditory hallucinations like being more aware of sound, where it’s coming from, and its distance.  Chontal Natives call these sounds 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 produce dreams that are rich with personal meaning, deeply symbolic, and even prophetic.

While the majority of the effects of Calea Z take place in the dream world, it also has some effects on walking life.  Ingesting the dream herb 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.  Feelings of relaxation and euphoria can last through the morning, giving you time to reflect on your dream experiences and the messages they convey.

Dream Herb Experiences

My experience is that the dream herb gives me vivid and meaningful dreams.  For me, the most noticeable difference is that after taking Calea Z the meaning of my dreams is super clear and easy to understand.

Methods of Consumption

There are three primary methods for consuming the Dream Herb:

  • Drinking tea
  • Smoking/Vaporizing
  • 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 find it to have an earthy and pleasant flavor.  Read my instructions on how to prepare Calea Tea.


Smoking the dream herb brings on the relaxing effects much faster than drinking the tea alone.  In combination with drinking the tea, I find that the added inhalation increased my relaxation, produces deeper sleep, and makes my dreams longer, more life-like, and rich with easily accessible messages.

I’m not a huge fan of smoking, so I prefer to vaporize Calea Z.  It’s considerably healthier and you get the same effect.  If you go with this option, you can use any vaporizer that vaporizes dry herb, not oil or resin.


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




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  1. I am currently working with a therapist right now for regression therapy . My therapist thinks I have had some bad traumatic events happen to me but cannot get me to re-call them. I am not taking any prescriptions b/c I don’t believe in modern medicine and think it does more harm than good with the mind and body. I am looking for a natural alternative that can help me recall old memories and try to pin point what exactly it is that is causing my anger/depression/ and ANTs(automatic negative thoughts). I am hoping you can suggest some useful remedies that will help me to remember my past. Thanks for your time. Rebecca R.

    • Hi Rebecca,

      Working with your dreams can help you recall the past. This may take some patience, especially if you’re not used to working with your dreams. I suggest you start by writing your dreams down to improve your dream recall. It will also give you a record of what you are dreaming about, and there very well may be clues already in your dreams.

      Calea Z can help give you more vivid dreams, which will be easier to recall, but won’t necessarily help you recall the past. Other supplements I use for dreaming include B-vitamins and skate liver oil. Also, keep in mind that dreams tend to be heavily symbolic, especially when it comes to trauma. Dreams give you what you can handle and will make you work for the healing you are looking for. They are teachers and helpers, but they will not do the work for you.

      Ayahuasca can also be a great help in recalling past events. This is powerful medicine and again, won’t do any work for you, but is a great teacher. I suggest you talk with your therapist about both of these methods to see if either can be used in conjunction with what you are already doing.

      Sweet dreams,

  2. How does one take a capsule after 3-4 hours of sleep? Do you go to bed with an alarm set to wake you in 4 hours? If so, how do you get back to sleep after taking the capsule?

    • You can take it after 4 – 5 hours of sleep, but you don’t have to. If waking up and getting back to sleep is a problem, I would just take it before I go to sleep. If you wake up naturally in the middle of the night (like to pee) that’s a great time to take it and then go back to sleep as usual.

  3. I would like to ry this herb

    • Same here, but every site I find that sells it looks as trustworthy as a Nigerian prince email. Found some links to Amazon.com pages, but they’re defunct.

      • Bouncing Bear Botanicals is a reputable source – that’s where I get mine from. Keep in mind the leaves are the bitter variety, so if that’s not your cup of tea, I suggest getting the extract :)

        • How do you ingest the extract? Just take a couple drops on your tongue, or what exactly?

          • I get powered extract and put it in an empty pill capsule and take it like that

  4. This plant, creates habits?

    • As far as I know, NO it’s not habit forming. Although, like *anything* taken to an extreme it may be. I do not suggest using this nightly – save it for when you really want a dream and/or looking for clear dream messages.

  5. I have tried both the tea and the capsules method of ingesting Calea. Neither have produced any sort of dreaming. In fact, I seem to have less dreams. What am I doing wrong?