Dog grass; Calea zacatechichi
Calea dream herb is also known as 'dog grass' or the full name Calea zacatechichi ("bitter grass"). The shrub belongs to the sunflower family and grows naturally in the Mexican highlands and certain parts of Costa Rica. Calea zacatechichi measures 1 - 1.5 m in height. The plant has many branches with oviform and opposite leaves (3-5 cm long and 2-4 cm wide).
It is used by the Chontal Indians of Mexico to obtain divine messages during dreaming and in Mexican folk medicine as an aperitif and to improve the natural metabolism. Indians have been naming calea 'leaf of God'. It is valued for its ability to clear the senses, to induce visions in dreams and as a healing plant in general. Shamans use the herb to receive divine messages in their dreams. Ordinary people in Mexico use it to increase appetite and as a health product that supports a natural digestion, among other things.
This is a potent 10 to 1 powdered extract, meaning that 1 gram of extract is equal in potency to 10 grams of whole herb. This is an organic extract, in which the herb is dissolved in edible grain alcohol, then the alcohol is completely evaporated, leaving nothing but a potent powdered herb concentrate.