Peganum harmala or Syrian rue is a perennial bush native to the eastern Mediterranean now found across northern India and as far as Manchuria. It produces white flowers that develop round capsules containing around 50 brown seeds. It is used by modern psychonauts as a Banisteriopsis substitute in analogue ayahuasca brews.
Betel nuts (Areca catechu) are the seeds of the betel palm and have an impressive and ancient history of ritual use (1st century Sanskrit writings refer to it as having 13 heavenly qualities). The primary effect of the Betel nut is its stimulant effect, creating alertness, increased stamina, a sense of wellbeing, and euphoria.
Calamus (Acorus calamus) is used mainly to support digestion and overall stomach and gastrointestinal health. Its active compounds also provide support for lungs and overall bronchial, nasal and respiratory health.
Because of their stimulating properties Kola nuts were used in magic and as aphrodisiacs, and they still play a strong role in religious and social life of many West and Central African cultures. Europeans began Kola plantations in the 1600s and also took them to the New World - and yes, the original Coca-Cola used them.
Guarana belongs in the stimulant category of drugs, along with the likes of coffee, tea, ephedra, khat and maté. It comes from the seeds of an Amazonian vine (Paullinia cupana) that look remarkably like horse chestnuts, and its usage dates back thousands of years. Many Indians consider it a gift of the Gods and use it as a hunting aid.
Blue Lotus (Nymphaea caerulea) is first mentioned in the Egyptian Book of the Dead; blue and white lotuses were the most important ritual plants in ancient Egypt. The flowers were worn in the hair of the living and the dead, and were an important ornamental element in Egyptian art.
Catmint (Nepeta cataria), also known as catnip, is an intoxicant for cats (in fact most felines, even lions) and a mild relaxant in humans. It is a flowering, perennial plant native to Asia and Europe that grows easily even in poor soils.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is an old Germanic ritual and healing herb, sacred to the goddess Hertha. The herb used to be hung outside houses as a protection against witches and evil. It has also been used as an aphrodisiac, and its sedative effects are well known. Mixed 50-50 with kava-kava it is said to produce ‘beautiful dreams’.
The Mexican name sinicuichi is given to both the plant (Heimia salicifolia) and the drink that is prepared from it by soaking wilted leaves for a day or two until mild fermentation takes place. The brew has a weak psychoactive effect, inducing a pleasant, slightly euphoric dizziness. Some reports of yellowish vision and mild auditory hallucinations.
The leaves and buds of this South African bush are smoked by the Hottentots and Bushmen as an inebriant, and in Africa it is known as ‘wild dagga’. In Mexico and California it is used as a cannabis substitute.
Voacanga africana is a small tree from Africa that can become 6 meters tall. The active compounds in Voacanga africana are voacangine and voccamine. These compounds are chemically related to ibogaine. Native people from Africa use the seeds for their stimulating and psychedelic effects. Some claim it has also aphrodisiac effects.
Ginkgo leaf tea has been used in Chinese herbalism since ancient times to treat a variety of ailments and conditions, including respiratory and circulatory problems, to improve memory and to enhance cognitive ability. The Ginkgo tree is one of the oldest types of trees in the world with no close living relatives. The compounds have antioxidant and free radical properties.
Galangal is a member of the ginger family but has a stronger taste than common ginger. It is a food flavoring and spice used in recipes across South East Asia, but it also has medicinal benefits. It has shown to be an effective remedy for ulcers and inflammation of the stomach and improves blood circulation, especially in the hands and feet.
The Algerian Blend is a legal drug mixture containing 6 different herbs; Damiana, Skullcap, Wormwood, Wild Opium Lettuce, Passion Flower, Valerian - enhanced with Valerian and Wild Opium Lettuce extracts. Can be used as smoking mixture with tobacco, pure or as a decoction or (with) tea.
The Muira Puama tree (Ptychopetalum olacoides) is native to the Amazonian rainforest and is known for its strong aphrodisiac effect. The bark and tree has been used in traditional herbal products for a long time, mainly in Brazil. The increased sex drive after consumption is the reason this tree is also called 'Potency Wood'. Too much use of Muira Puama may cause insomnia.
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) has been traditionally used as a herbal medicine to treat nervous anxiety and insomnia. Most people use Passionflower to improve their quality of sleep. Use a teaspoon of Passionflower and make a tea from it. Passionflower is a fast growing vine and is also known as maypop, purple passionflower, true passionflower, wild apricot and wild passion vine.
Feeling nervous? Check out Skullcap. Make a nice tea from Skullcap (1 teaspoon is enough) and become a bit more relaxed thanks to the mild high it induces. Skullcap gets its name from its flowers, which have the shape from a human skull. The Latin name for Skullcap is Scutellaria lateriflora.
White Lotus is extremely similar to Blue Lily and can produce a sense of floating and euphoria when ingested. The dried buds and petals can be smoked alone or in blends or can be prepared as a tea or concoction. White lotus contains aporphine, a chemical closely related to apomorphine, which is used to treat erectile dysfunction. Content: 20 grams
Silene capensis is a wild root found in the far reaches of South Africa. It can act as an excellent sleep aid, allowing you to wake up refreshed and energized. For some, it will induce vivid and lucid dreams.
The powdered root of Devils Claw is a traditional African herbal remedy for the treatment of pain and inflammation. It is easy to take and is said to offer long lasting relief to those in need. Don't be scared off by its name – Devils Claw isn‘t diabolic at all.
African Dream Seeds are known for their longstanding cultural significance, lucky nature, and the ability to bestow vivid and memorable dreams. Easy to prepare and consume, Entada Rheedii seeds ensure a lively slumber.
Uvuma-Omhlope is used by tribes across Africa for its ability to bring you closer to the spirits in your dreams. It is well known to induce lucid dreams with prophetic and enlightening visions. Using Uvuma-Omhlope as part of your regular night time schedule will ensure dreams to remember!
Mukanya Kude has a long history of being used in the shamanic rituals of the Zulu tribe to gain guidance from their ancestors. Its ability to induce lucid and vivid dreams, as well as treat the sick is highly revered.
Helinus integrifolius is an African dream herb that has been used for centuries by diviners as a tool to gain insight and clarity. Although little is known about it, it has proven to be a very effective way of inducing vivid, memorable and sometimes lucid dreams.