FAVORITE TIME(S): One hour before going to sleep
Synaptolepis kirkii, or uvuma-omhlope, is an African shrub with large white roots. The roots are said to encourage clear visions, trance states and mental clarity in dreams. The root is also said to allow communication with one’s ancestors in the dream state, leading to visionary and prophetic dreams. Like Silene capensis, it is said that if you go to sleep after consuming uvuma-omhlope with a specific question in mind, your ancestors will come to you and give you the answers you desire.
Uvuma-omhlope is a relative newcomer to the world of dream herbs, and very little is known about it, other than its traditional use. I do not know many people who have worked with this plant, but everyone I have spoken to who has has had a very powerful experience. Much like S. capensis, I find that uvuma-omhlope takes me in to very deep dream states that contain many seemingly prophetic elements. It also seems to relieve anxiety and stress and encourage very restful sleep. I, along with others who have working with this root, have also noted an increase in well being and happiness the day afterwards.
Relatively little research has been done regarding uvuma-omhlope, but we do know that it includes several completely novel alkaloids, including kirkinine, a powerful neurotrophic. Neurotrophics encourage the survival of nerve tissue and help to repair and regrow nerve cells. The presence of this alkaloid definitely indicates very promising things regarding the healing power of this amazing root.
HOW TO PREPARE/RECIPE: Uvuma-omhlope can be purchased either in chunks or powder form. Either one can be used to make a tea. My preferred method is to put about 300 mg of dried root powder in very hot water for five minutes and then to drink about an hour before bed. This seems to produce profound and positive effects.