Snuff Box or Giant Sea Bean (Entada Rheedii)
Entada rheedii is a big woody liana or climber of the Mimosa Family, also known as the African dream herb, snuff box sea bean, and as the cacoon vine in Jamaica (Mimosaceae). The vine has a 120-meter growth potential (393.7 feet). Their seeds have a thick and resilient seed coat that enables them to withstand prolonged submersion in seawater.
Entada rheedii is commonly known as the African dream herb due to its traditional use. As a part of African tradition, this species is used to induce vivid dreams, and it allows the person who takes it to communicate with the spirit world. For the purpose of eliciting the desired dreams, the bean would be cut, dried, combined with other herbs, such as tobacco, and smoked right before bed.
In addition, the herb is applied topically to treat a number of problems in the body, such as muscular-skeletal issues, toothaches, ulcers, and jaundice. The seeds of Entada rheedii are famous for being good luck charms, and many people use them in pieces of their jewelry as well.
After growing on river and estuary banks as well as in swamp woodland, the seeds of Entada rheedii can be discovered on beaches in eastern and southern Africa. Entada rheedii is widely dispersed in tropical and subtropical regions (apart from the Americas), including tropical Africa, South Africa, tropical Asia, and Queensland, as a result of its easy dissemination by sea.
Entada Rheedii consumption
Giant Sea Bean has traditionally been consumed in several more ways, some of which are as follows. First of all, the seeds of the plant are soaked in water in order to make the process of peeling them easier, as opposed to peeling them without soaking them. Since all plants, including entada rheedii contain saponins, it is essential to lessen their impact on the consumer. Therefore, in order to reduce the impact caused by the saponins, the people used to boil them for a minimum of two hours. Moreover, the interior of the flesh has also been consumed after drying it and then grinding it to form a powder-shaped substance.
Many people have called the entada rheedii a ‘medicine plant’ due to its immense benefits and properties for the body. The plant is said to help in circulatory matters of the body, reduce pain, reduce inflammation, improve digestion, and may also act as an antiseptic. In addition to these properties, this vine contains additional characteristics like playing a key role in strengthening the gums of the mouth, as well as the scalp.
The plant has also shown promising results when used for cure in the following diseases:
- Stomach burn.
- Plantar fasciitis.
- Scarlet fever.
- Postpartum symptoms.
These haven’t been proven and are based on popular believe and hearsay.
African Dream Herb effects
The effects of the Snuff Box Giant Sea Bean seeds are the subject of numerous accounts and anecdotal tales, which can be divided into two main types. The first group of reports asserts that the seed improves one’s capacity for falling asleep and staying asleep, as well as producing dreams that are more memorable, vivid, and long-lasting but not necessarily lucid. According to the second group of studies, the effect of the seed acts as a portal into the dream world since they raise awareness while a person is in REM sleep, making it simpler for them to recognise that they are dreaming and giving them an advantage in obtaining lucidity. Regardless, Entada rheedii has earned a well-deserved reputation as the ultimate dream herb, second only to Calea zacatechichi.