The Perfect Cup of Calea Z Tea

So you’ve heard of Calea Zacatechichi, aka The Dream Herb, and you’re ready to brew the perfect cup of Calea Z tea for yourself.   Enticed by the prospect of vivid and meaningful dreams you take a large gulp of tea and…

… your face scrunches up  in disgust as the inside of your mouth gets attacked by a bitter sting.

If this was your experience with Calea Zacatechichi tea, I’m right there with you, Dreamer.

Two Types of Calea Z

It seems that there are actually two varieties of the Calea Zacatechichi – one is bitter, the other is not.

I’ve been blissfully drinking the non-bitter variety, wondering what all the fuss is about.  That is, until last week when I received my first package of bitter Calea Z.

Imagine my surprise when I took a big swig of tea… well, you’ll have to watch the video to see my reaction ;)

My Calea Z Experiment

Saddened by my discovery that I now have two giant bags of bitter Calea Z on my hands, I set out to see if I could figure out what makes one cup of Calea Z bitter and another not.

Of course, this isn’t a very scientific experiment and the results are by no means conclusive.

To clarify – In the video I’m attempting to find out if there are factors within my control that can 1) make the tea not bitter, or 2) make it less bitter.

“It tastes like grapefruit”

Ideally, you’ll get the non-bitter variety of Calea Z… but if you happen to get the bitter kind, my experience can help you enjoy it.

After making the video, I did finish a cup of the tea I made.  The bitterness still came through, and I realized it tastes like grapefruit.  It was much easier to drink when I pictured myself drinking a refreshing glass of grapefruit juice.

It’s your turn, Dreamer

As always, I’d love to hear from you.  What are your experiences preparing and drinking Calea Z tea?  What are your secrets for making the perfect cup of Calea Z tea, even if it’s bitter?  Share your thoughts and stories in the comments below.

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  1. I bought this extract and I am confused in the dosage by drops. Can you guide me on that, please. Thank you.

    • Hi,

      I’ve never used the extract before and the dosage may vary depending on what you bought. I found these directions on a product description on Amazon (which I haven’t personally tried). I recommend doing your own research before trying it:

      Shake well before use. 20-30 drops, three times a day or as directed by your practitioner. The best way to use liquid herbal tinctures is to put the suggested amount in a glass of water, tea, or juice and drink the entire contents. Tinctures can also be administered directly into the mouth without the assistance of water however some tinctures are unpalatable which is why most people prefer to dilute them into a beverage.

      Happy Dreaming,

  2. Hi Juan carlos.
    Puedes usar extracto x10 -x20 sin miedo a sobredosis, la calea no ofrece sintomas en la vigilia, a lo sumo una ligera relajacion.

    Si realmente te pasas con la dosis, el efecto es curiosamente contrario al esperado, es decir, tu atencion, tu estado de consciencia se dispara impidiendote conciliar el suenyo, y por lo tanto sonyar.

    Yo realizo un preparado de extracto de calea para vapear mezclando la hierba con glicerina y propilen glicol.

  3. My volume isn’t working on my laptop, I wish you had let us know the conclusion or had a written version of your results. Also, if you could tell us where you obtained the non bitter bitter Calea Z??

    • Hi Laura,

      To get the bitterness out of the tea try milk and honey. Lots of honey. It will mask it, but still might taste bitter. Sadly, the company where I got my non-bitter Calea is out of business :( Hence, I had ordered some Calea leaves from a different supplier and got a different product!

      I’ve also been using the powered 10x extract. I just put it in an empty pill capsule and swallow it before bed. No trouble with the taste there! You can order that here.

      Happy Dreaming,
      Amy xo