We have combined five herbs long associated with dreaming for this Incense Burning Blend. Calea Zacatechichi, Motherwort, Wild Lettuce, Mexican Tarragon, and California Poppy. Place in the incense burner alone or with other favorite ritualistic herbs.
Commonly known as “Dream Herb” or “Leaf of God”, Calea ternifolia (synonym, C. zacatechichi) is used by the Chontal Indians of Mexico. Traditionally the plant was drank as a tea while a cigarette was smoked before bed, bringing relaxation and fluidity to mind and body, ushering in an easy and deep sleep during which the dreamer will find the gates to the dreamscape gently opened.
African Dream Herb has a long history and appears naturally from near Durban northwards throughout tropical Africa and into India, Asia, and Australia. The giant seeds of African Dream Herb are frequently carried or used to adorn necklaces and worn as pendants to serve as charms for luck.
The meditational qualities of Holy Basil (Tulsi) and the authentic high altitude, aged Patchouli we offer, when ground and made into a smoking mixture, are widely popular among sadhus (mendicants). Holy Basil (O. tenuiflorum; synonym, O. sanctum) is a sacred herb in India, where it is used in religious ceremonies and planted around Hindu temples and sacred groves. Sacred groves are believed to be the abode of certain deities or spirits.
The Hopi smoked the resin or sap obtained from the Wild Lettuce (Lactuca virosa) plant. The flower would be cut off and the sap that ran from the stem would be collected. Each day, for a few weeks, another tiny bit was cut from the stem and more sap collected. This sap was then air-dried and later smoked.