African Dream Root Extract (Silene capensis) – Triterpenoid Saponins 20%



This extract has a confirmed 20% Triterpenoid Saponins, thought to be the main active ingredients in Silene capensis.

Triterpenoid saponins are a diverse group of natural products in plants and are considered defensive compounds against pathogenic microbes and herbivores. Because of their various beneficial properties for humans, saponins are used in wide-ranging applications in addition to medicinally.

Saponins promote cardiovascular health due to their ability to lower cholesterol and body fat levels. These naturally occurring compounds may have beneficial effects on your body weight. Saponins exhibit antimicrobial properties, guarding your body against fungi, bacteria and viruses. At the same time, they improve immune function by stimulating the production of T-cells. Additionally, they act as antioxidants and scavenge oxidative stress. That’s why these compounds are used in some vaccines.

It is believed that the triterpenoid saponins found in the roots of Silene capensis are responsible for the affects.

These herbal extracts are ideal for adding to herbal teas, or other beverages, and can also be added to foods. The African Dream Root extract is safe to consume, a typical dose would be 250-500 mg and the maximum recommended would be 1500 mg per day.

Silene capensis, commonly known in Europe as African Dream Root or Gunpowder Root, is a psychoactive plant originating from the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It is a tender perennial that is very easy to grow and highly resilient to heat – although it does require vast amounts of water to thrive. The flowers of the plant have a very distinct fragrance, and are often described as being a blend of cloves, banana and jasmine. It is however the root of the plant that contains the psychoactive parts which induce vivid and sometimes lucid dreams. The dream enhancing properties of the African dream root have been used in entheogenic practices for hundreds of years. The Xhosa people of South Africa use the root to communicate with their ancestors, asking for guidance and advice through dreams. The plant plays a significant role in the initiation ceremony of Xhosa shaman.

The main effect of African dream root is to induce vivid and lucid dreams, as well as enhancing the quality of sleep. Dreams become more intense and memorable, and with practice even fully lucid. Silene capensis enhances lucidity, but this state is easiest achieved by those who already have experience in navigating the dreamworld.

It is worth noting that the effects of African dream root are not always immediate, often the plant has to be taken for a few days to experience the vividness of dreams. However, once it has kicked in, you can expect to enter the bizarre world of dreams on a more conscious level. Also, the root leaves you feeling refreshed upon wakening.

Silene Capensis/Undulata has been classified as an herbal oneirogen, which is a plant that produces or enhances dream-like states of consciousness.

In large singular quantities, African dream root can have a purging quality. Although no harmful effects have ever been recorded, it can cause vomiting – so it is advisable to stick to recommended doses.

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10gms, 25gms, 50gms, 100gms, 250gms

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