Medicinal benefits of the African dream root

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What is the dream root?

The African dream root (silene undulata or silene capensis) is a perennial plant native to South Africa.

Its fragrant white flowers open at night and close during the day.

It is found in its natural state or cultivated.

Used for thousands of years, it is considered sacred by the Xhosa and Zulu peoples.

The dried root is mainly used in powder form.

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Effect on dreams

Silene capensis is a psychoactive plant well known to traditional healers in Southern Africa.

It is notably used during initiation processes, to obtain messages from the beyond.

It is especially famous for its action on dreams:

  • Stimulates dreams.
  • Induces lucid dreams.
  • Allows to reach the spiritual worlds.
  • Helps to communicate with the ancestors.

However, I do not need any plant to communicate with the invisible: I can just improve my intuition.


The dream root is not only helpful for dreams, it is also a powerful medicinal plant.

It contains :

  • Antioxidants.
  • Saponins.
  • Minerals.
  • Fatty acids.
  • Amino acids.
  • Vitamins.

Medicinal properties

Silene undulata is appreciated by the eyes and the liver.

It is traditionally used for its effects:

  • Antioxidant.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Purgative.
  • Soothing.
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For which diseases?

The root of African dream showed promising results in case of :

  • Fever.
  • Delirium.
  • Keratoconus.
  • Styes.
  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Fibrosis.
  • Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Diverticula.
  • Headache.
  • Eye fatigue.
  • Inflammation of the larynx.
  • Type 2 diabetes.
  • Ascites.
  • Jaundice.


It is advised to moderate the doses: one tablespoon of powder maximum per day.

Otherwise the excess of saponins can irritate the bowels, or cause vomiting.

The medicinal root is not recommended:

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What are the benefits of the African dream root ?

They are medicinal and spiritual.

Its action on dreams made its reputation. However, it has not said its last word about its medicinal properties.

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