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African Dream Root (5 grams)

African Dream Root (5 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.

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Silene Capensis: The African root for deep sleep and lucid dreams

Originating from the Eastern Cape of South Africa, silene capensis has long been used by the indigenous Xhosa tribe during spiritual, shamanistic rituals. It is also commonly known in the West as Gunpowder Plant, Wild Tobacco and African Dream Root.

Traditionally, the root is reputed to induce vivid and sometimes lucid dreams that are remembered upon waking. This is why it is considered a sacred herb by the Xhosa people, and is widely used by shamans to guide their people. However, inducing lucid dreaming is a secondary effect, and only a selected few are said to be given this experience.


The main effect that everyone taking silene capensis will receive is an improved quality of sleep. Those who take this regularly will find they wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead. It can also have you waking up earlier, only needing 6 hours sleep to fully rejuvenate – 6 hours is seen as the healthiest amount of time to sleep by general scientific consensus.

Silene capensis can induce vivid and much more memorable dreams when used; but this is much rarer and will only effect some people. It can also induce a stimulating effect in some users, giving them even extra energy upon waking – but this is anecdotal.

Preparation and dosage

Traditionally, the dried root of silene capensis was pulverized into water to create a white foam. This foam was then ingested before sleeping. Because this has always historically been the way silene capensis has been consumed, most places across the internet will recommend you do the same. We have found that the best way to take it is to grind it into a powder and place it in capsules for direct consumption. This is a much more efficient way of administering and absorbing the dose.

When creating tablets, it‘s best to consume 500mg – 3g a day, during the course of a few days. It has been reported that it might take a few days for effects to be felt.
It is also worth noting that when taking silene capensis for the first time, you will want to start at 500mg, or possibly even less, until you have gotten used to it. Also, the effects don’t necessarily increase with higher dosages, for this reason, the most standard dose tends to be 1g of powder.

Chemical Compounds

The active ingredient of silene capensis is thought to be triterpenoid saponins. These not only effect the sleep, but are also known to be a viral inhibitor, an antioxidant and reduce cholesterol.

The exact chemical composition of silene capensis is still under investigation and very little research has done into its active ingredients.


There are no known or reported side effects or fatalities from the use of silene capensis. As with herb though, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, it is worth checking with a doctor first before use. We accept no responsibility.

Silene capensis is not known to us to be illegal anywhere in the world. Still, it is your responsibility to double check.


    By on 08/Sep/2017 :

    Comment : These roots are working. I just chewed three pieces of root and it helped me go get asleep, and all the times I have had vivid dreams that I have remembered when I woke up. I like it though it is not my favorite smart herbs. But they are worth trying...

    By on 30/Jan/2017 :

    Title : Werkt zeker
    Comment : Geen lucide droom, maar het kwam wel heel dichtbij. De derde dag begon het effect te werken voor mij. die droom was heel helder en ik hoefde geen moeite te doen om hem te onthouden. Vanaf toen nog 4 dagen de wortel genomen en nog 3 dromen gehad

    By on 05/Dec/2016 :

    Title : Droom onthouden en lekker in slaap gevallen
    Comment : Ik heb gewoon 1 klein stokje goed gekauwd en doorgeslikt (dus dat is een lage dosering) en het heeft wel gewerkt om in slaap te vallen en ik heb een droom goed onthouden. Verder geen vreemde andere gevoelens o.i.d.

    By on 12/Oct/2016 :

    Title : dream
    Comment : working :P

    By on 28/Sep/2016 :

    Title : tried as described ... small effect
    Comment : Tried as described, the foam is very hard to achieve. I get the best result with a blender, but even with it the foam is little. Anyway the effect is light, tried for 3 days.

    By on 27/May/2015 :

    Title : Woah
    Comment : De super sensation avec cet herbe pendant les rêves , ils sont plus fort et plus vifs. Il est mieux de consacrer de longue nuit paisible pour en profiter ! Livraison un peu lente à cause des jours fériés .. Mais milles merci zamnesia!

    By on 23/Oct/2014 :

    Title : Heufiger gebrauch
    Comment : Ich habe Erfahrung mit den meisten in Europa erhältlichen Klartraum Kräuter und ich muss sagen das, dass Silene capensis (traumwurzel) mein Absoluter Favorit ist was Luzides Träumen an geht. Man hat die Möglichkeit in das Traumgeschehen einzugreifen um zu hinter fragen was ist wenn. (wenn es Leute schaffen träume zu kontrollieren) Ich gebrauche es fast täglich weil es einfach Spaß macht im Traum die Sau rauszulassen. Es ist ernst wenn man es braucht und es macht Spaß wenn man sich frei lassen will. Für den täglichen Gebrauch zu empfehlen da es ein gleich Gewicht zwischen dem Geist und dem jetzt darstellt...

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    By on 18/Jun/2014 :

    Title : Hält was es verspricht
    Comment : Bei dieser afrikanischen Traumwurzel handelt es sich um ein ausgezeichnetes Mittel, um seine Träume lebendiger zu machen und diese zu intensivieren. Die Träume sind meist tiefgründiger als sie sonst sind und man bekommt viel mehr von ihnen mit. Nur sollte man ein wenig Geduld mit sich bringen, da die Wirkung einige Tage braucht, damit sie spürbar einsetzt. Insgesamt bin ich sehr zufrieden. Deshalb großen Dank an Zamnesia :)

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