Indigenous Plant Wisdom
Recently I have been taking an online course about indigenous plant medicine and rituals from the rainforest with Adriana Ayales the creator of Anima Mundi Apothecary. What I have been learning inspired me to create these vegan dream brownies. I have lost the ability to remember my dreams most nights so I was curious to try this combination to see if it would help improve my ability to recall my dreams and even possibly enter into the lucid dream state.
Making Dream Brownies with Dream Herbs
Blue lotus flower and cacao are both ancient herbs that have been used together for centuries for anti-aging, as an aphrodisiac blend, and for the euphoric- lucid dream effects. Both of these plants help stimulate melatonin at night to enter a euphoric state that may allow you to enter the lucid dream state when you are asleep. Traditionally blue lotus is also used to this day, in the Mayan culture to aid meditation rituals.
Blue Lotus Effects
Blue lotus is originally from Egypt and then spread wildly across India, Thailand, and the rest of the world. The Egyptians classically worship blue lotus because it was used to ignite melatonin which also creates the sought-after anti-aging effect.
Blue lotus is also an incredible herb that has the dual effect for awakening and relaxation both at the same time. It has been traditionally used in religious ceremonies to enter higher states of consciousness. Common effects can be higher psychic energy and a pleasant warming sensation in the head and upper body. But the effects will be different for everyone and it depends on the dosage and the way it is ingested.
If you ever struggle with an anxious mind during meditation blue lotus can be used as a tea to mildly calm the nervous system. It can also help regulate your mood. If you are constantly feeling up’s and downs from your day-to-day. Then introducing blue lotus and meditation into your morning ritual may be worth a try. Start with a low dosage and increase if needed. And take regularly to really start to feel its effects.
We all know that cacao is an incredible mood booster that helps lift the depression veil, making us feel happy and relaxed. Cacao also holds an incredible amount of antioxidants. Traditionally it was used as a multivitamin because of all the incredible compounds it holds. At one time it was also used as money by the Mayan civilization because it was such a highly valued plant.
A few health benefits of cacao are its ability to absorb free radicals that are caused by toxins and pollution in our environment. It is the highest plant-based source of iron. And is also a great source of magnesium which is one of the most deficient minerals in the western world. Which is important for heart health and turns glucose into energy that enables your brain to focus with laser-sharp clarity. It also contains more calcium than cow’s milk. It can also be used as a mild anti-depressant and it can help regulate hormones.
Cacao is different than cocoa powder. The dutch processing that makes cocoa powder removes all of the most valuable nutrients out of the cacao plant. So if you are seeking all of the special properties and effects ait is important to source raw cacao from a trusted grower that values the processing and keeps the nutrients intact. Like with this organic heirloom cacao powder from Anima Mundi.
Dream Brownies Recipe (Vegan)
These dream brownies can be an excellent treat at night before bed. Or even during the day when you need a dose of relaxation.
Cacao and blue lotus
4 Chia eggs (4tbsps chia seed+4tbsps water)
1 Cup of Organic Heirloom Cacao
3 tbsp of lotus flower infused plant milk
1/2 cup of tahini
1 cup of chocolate chips
1 cup of coconut oil melted
1/2 cup of maple syrup
1/2 cup of coconut sugar
1 cup of flour
1 tsp of baking powder
pinch of salt
Make the dream brownies by first making the chia egg, let sit for several minutes. Combine dry ingredients. Then combine wet ingredients. Melt chocolate chips. Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet. Place batter in a parchment paper lined baking dish.
Find another recipe using Anima Mundi Suma root powder here.
Disclaimer: Be sure to check with your doctor before taking any medicinal herbal substances, especially if on any medications.