The Benefits of Calea Zacatechichi Tea
The dusty savannahs and canyons that stretch between Mexico and Costa Rica are the breeding grounds for calea zacatechichi, a unique plant in the asteraceae family, related to daisies, sunflowers, asters and dandelions. Its botanical name, zacatechichi, comes from the Nahuatl word for ‘bitter grass’, indicating its long relationship with the native peoples of Mexico and Central America. For countless generations, calea zacatechichi has been used as a medicinal herb, its leaves either smoked or brewed into an herbal tea. It is best known by the nickname ‘dream herb’, as it is believed to induce sleep and enable lucid dreaming. Many generations of natives used the her for divinations due to this ability. Yet calea zacatechichi also offers a number of other benefits, and locals still use the herb today as a remedy for fever, digestive health and asthma.
Apart from promoting relaxation and sleep, one of the properties identified in calea zacatechichi tea is an antipyretic effect. This means it is a substance that is capable of reducing or regulating a fever. Mexicans and several native Central American cultures use the tea for this purpose during illness to naturally reduce fevers and keep them from reaching dangerous levels. Studies on this herb are limited, and it is not yet known how calea zacatechichi achieves this effect.