The Vivid Dream-Inducing African Dream Root

*I am not a doctor or naturopath. Please speak with a healthcare provider before consuming anything

When thinking of African dream root the first thing that may come to mind is the scene from supernatural where Dean drinks African dream root tea and travels into Sam's dream. Now that is very cool and would be awesome, but that's not how the plant really works. Although it does have some pretty interesting beliefs attached to it.

African dream root is also known as Silene capensis. It has fragrant white flowers that are closed during the day and open at night. It grows in moist well-draining soil and the roots are harvested two years after planting. The plant is very heat and cold tolerant.

African dream root is a plant that is native to South Africa. The Xhosa and Zulu people in South Africa use it in rituals and ceremonies. It is believed to induce vivid dreams and help them communicate with their ancestors through their dreams. It is also used in initiation and healing ceremonies.

The plant contains alkaloids, diterpenoids, and triterpenoid saponins. It is believed that these compounds are what give the roots medicinal and psychoactive effects. It is important to keep in mind that there is very little research into the plant as a whole and vivid/lucid dream effects are entirely based on anecdotal evidence.


Alkaloids are produced by a wide variety of plants and animals. There are over three hundred different alkaloids and the first alkaloid to be isolated was morphine. There are many medicinal uses for alkaloids, the most commonly known as morphine. Many seem to cause a relaxing effect on the body (1)


Diterpenoids are found in a variety of animals, plants, and fungi. Diterpenoids have been cited as possibly useful in cardiovascular diseases. (2) It is also cited in the same paper that it may have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antispasmodic properties.

triterpenoid saponins

This is the compound in the plant that causes it to foam up when shaken vigorously in water. It is bitter tasting and can sometimes be toxic. It can also be found in the foaming part of the soda. Saponins are found mostly in plants and are traditionally used in making soap. This scientific study cites that saponins may have anticarcinogenic, immunomodulatory, neuroprotective, and more.

Suggested Use

It is suggested to be consumed on an empty stomach

Put one tablespoon of pulverized African dream root in some water. Shake until frothy. use a straw to suck up the froth on the top of the drink. You can also stir about a teaspoon of the powder into boiling water and drink it. It is suggested to drink it every day for a few days until you notice the effects.

My Experience

I drank it as a tea with cinnamon and ginger. It was not pleasant. I believe doing it in the proper ways mentioned above would be better. I only drank the tea once and had no effects. You can purchase it here.

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