Plants are a source of food for us, and many of them have medical and health benefits. There are also plants that can expand our consciousness. Many people think cannabis is the only plant used to alter one’s mind, but others can also be cultivated naturally to help you achieve similar mind-altering effects. There are herbs able to stimulate your mind allowing you to experience your surrounding with a new perspective. Whether you need to escape from the day or are looking to expand your mind, these are legal herbs that will take you on an alternative journey.
1. Elixir Of Life- Celastrus Paniculatus
The herb, Celastrus Paniculatus is also known as the intellect tree, black oil plant, or climbing staff tree. It grows as a climbing shrub throughout India in elevations over 5,000 feet. This incredible herb has a history of helping those who use it to focus more clearly. It is part of the Ayurvedic medicine family used to increase one’s memory and longevity. Those who have used the Celastrus seeds in the context of a daily routine report their cognitive function has grown. They report their focus is clearer and memory far better than before taking the herb. This herb is also said to have the power to provide lucid dreaming and for those who use to remember those dreams better.
2. Wild Asparagus Root
The wild asparagus root is not the one you grow in your vegetable garden. It is a native plant related to the common asparagus but not the typical one found in grocery stores as an aerial spear used in cooking. Throughout Asia, there are legends surrounding the wild asparagus root. People report by ingesting this herb; they take journeys into other dimensions and places as they sleep. The root is considered an adaptogenic herb to help your body adapt to stress. There are also healing properties associated with the wild asparagus root. It is reported to improve your lungs by producing mucous to allow deeper breathing and make your skin softer and younger looking. It is also said to increase levels of happiness and is used as a sexual tonic. One of the favorite effects from this root is its ability to allow your mind to soar through incredible journeys.
3. Mexican Tarragon
Tarragon is common herb used in the kitchen to flavor foods while cooking. The Mexican Tarragon is also referred to as the Mexican Marigold. Its flowers are often used during the Dia De Los Muertos celebration. This plant grows all spring and summer and produces yellow, marigold-like blossoms. In the Mexican culture, the entire plant has medical uses for nausea, stomach aches, and colic. They also use it to control fevers and cold symptoms. Today, this plant is still used as a means of warding off evil spirits in the cornfields. There are other uses for this wonderful herb. It has various ways to induce your dreams by burning it as incense, placing some in your tea or water, or by being smoked.
4. Silene Capensis
Silene Capensis is also known as the Xhosa Dream Root. This root is associated with people of South Africa who ingest this herb to induce dreaming. The Xhosa tribe uses this root as part of their initiation rites of shamans as it is believed to open communication pathways to their ancestors. They ground the root into a powder and drink it first thing in the morning while the stomach is empty. It will take until nightfall for the effects of this root to take place. While awake there are no visible signs, effects of the root only happen during sleep. According to reports of the Xhosa tribe, the effects of this plant are much like going under water and will not affect anyone who is not destined to be a leader.
5. Blue Lotus
One of the most sacred plants in Ancient Egypt is the Blue Lotus. The Egyptians are widely known for using this plant to enhance their consciousness. They associate it with the origins of life and providing spiritual perspective and is worshiped by many. Doctors in Egypt have been known to use this plant to simulate blood flow and as an anti-aging treatment. Soaking the Blue Lotus in water, it is reported to allow those who ingest it to reach euphoric states of consciousness.
6. African Dream Bean
The African Dream Bean grows in Madagascar, South Africa, Asia, and Australia. There is an extensive use of this bean by different groups of people throughout the world. Some uses for it include a skin treatment, teething in babies to reduce their discomfort, and to induce lucid dreams. In South Africa, the bean’s meat is eaten by chopping or drying it and then adding to other herbs. It can also be smoked just before sleep to alter consciousness and allow a person to communicate with spirits.
The name Mugwort is applied to several species of aromatic plants found growing in Europe. These plants are used medicinally in Korea, Japan, and China. Throughout the ages in Europe, the Mugwort has been used as a herb to treat digestive problems. It has also been used as a dream herb and can be smoked, burned as incense, or added to tea. This herb can stimulate lucid and what are called ‘meaningful’ dreams. The Mugwort has been reported to cause things from deep inside your subconscious to come to the surface