African Dream Root, Silene capensis (Ubulawu)
We have been very lucky and acquired a small quantity
of a VERY rare ethnobotanical from Africa, Silene capensis. This ethnobotanical
has hardly ever been offered for sale commercially and we would like to take
this opportunity to introduce it to you. From limited bioassay tests performed
here the results have been very dramatic!!!
Possibly more effective than the better know “Dream herb” Calea zacatechichi,
this is the first time that this unique and rare ethnobotanical is offered for
sale and made available outside of Africa. Normally only the seeds are available
but we have finally managed to locate a supply of the actual root which is used
by African shamans for accessing the dream state.
This sacred plant which shamans of the verdant river valleys of the eastern
cape province of South Africa has the ability to induce remarkably vivid dreams.
A web site describes this plant:
"This obscure flowering species is regarded by shamans of the South African
region as a type of "Ubulawu" or medicinal root that they call "Undela
Ziimhlophe," which translates literally as "white paths" or white
ways." It is suspected that this sacred plant's oneirongenic, or dream-inducing
activity is likely due to triterpenoid saponins contained within its roots.
Relatively small amounts of root (250 mg range) are reported to be active. The
plant exerts only minimal alterations in waking consciousness, yet the effects
upon the dream state can be profound.
How to prepare Silene capensis (Ubulawu)
Method 1 :
Half a teaspoon is mixed with half a cup of water. This is drunk early in the
morning upon waking, while the stomach is empty. When you feel hungry it is
safe to have breakfast.
Method 2 :
A heaped tablespoon is mixed with half a liter of water, and the water blended
until a froth is formed. Keep sucking the froth off the container until you
feel `bloated’ with froth, and then go to bed.
Expected Results :
While sleeping, your dreams will be exceptionally colorful, and will be remembered
upon awakening. (A good idea is to keep a notebook handy for writing down the
results.) Ubulawu is traditionally used to access dream-time and to communicate
with one’s ancestors.
Use the recommended amounts only; the actives are active in these doses. Larger
amounts will have a purgative action, however there are no fatalities or harmful
side effects reported, only a good vomiting and cleansing out of the stomach.
Small doses over several days will affect even the most insensitive person,
so there is no need to take a large amount.
Drink it on an empty stomach, and then when you feel hungry, you can eat. This
will give the alkaloids time to travel through your system. The effects will
be felt that night. The alkaloids travel quite slowly through the blood system,
so it won't get excreted out during the day. Before going to sleep, focus on
a question you want answered by the ancestors.
One of the ancestors will appear in your dream with the answer. This plant
is not just used for vivid dreams, but as a divination tool. For more insensitive
persons, or for people who use other alkaloids or have other alkaloids in their
system. A more `clean' person would be more sensitive. The alkaloids from using
some over a few days would build up in your system.
A personal report from someone who was initiated as a sangoma (traditional
healer) says the group he was with used 1/5tsp. (powdered root) over the course
of a week. He felt effects from day 3, and everyone in the group felt effects
during the course of this week.