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Dreamsmary

The Dream Flower

This relative of rosemary and lavendar has the woody stems of rosemary and the flowering whorls of lavender. Favored by chefs, herbalists, and magic users, this plant has many uses both practical and fantastical.

Culinary Applications

Two main parts of this plant are used in cooking: the leaves and the seeds. Although the roots and the flowers are edible, they are considered not worth bothering with by chefs. They are both bitter, and the roots are too thin to make a meal.

The Leaves

The leaves of the dreamsmary plant have a distinct flavor unlike either rosemary or lavender. This flavor is best described as tasting like fresh cut grass smells. It is very commonly used in curries, but there are a few popular desserts that utilize this flavor as well.

The Seeds

The toasted seeds of the dreamsmary plant have a very similar flavor to that of chocolate, but with a peppery undertone. It is commonly used in desserts, although in Mexico it is a common ingredient in mole sauce.

In Herbalism

Herbalists most commonly use the seeds and the flowers of the dreamsmary plant. They will also use the root, dried and ground. Although the leaves can be used with similar effect to the flowers, they are not quite as effective and are largely not used.

The Seeds

The seeds of the dreamsmary plant act as an aid to digestion. Especially in cases of indigestion and IBS, the seeds can bring a great deal of relief. Usually the fresh or dried seeds are ground and put into a capsule to be taken before eating, although some herbalists will mix the ground dreamsmary seed with ground ginger. Dreamsmary seed and ginger are especially effective for use with motion sickness.

The Flowers

The flowers of the dreamsmary plant are commonly used as tea, and aid with insomnia and restlessness, lending to the name of the plant.

The Roots

The roots of the dreamsmary plant, in stark contrast to the flowers, are often used as a stimulant. Especially potent with dried root, it can be used as a replacement for coffee. The roots and the flowers of the plant should not be mixed, as they can cause serious neurological and cardiovascular harm.

In Magic

Magic users mainly use the dreamsmary flower, either fresh or dried, in spell casting. If they are unable to use the flower for whatever reason, the leaves and the woody part of the plant will do in a pinch.

A Magical Dreaming

Dreamsmary flower, when made into a potion infused with magic, produces true dreaming. More, these dreams are always remembered clearly. Commonly used to scry the past, this potion is in high demand amongst scholars, historians, and divorce attornies.


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18 Mar, 2021 12:00

Ooh, this is a really great take! I loved reading about all the different uses for the plant, nice work!

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20 Mar, 2021 01:03

Nice article Eli! I like seeing a medicinal/magical plant. This feels very grounded and like something that could actually exist!   I have a few remarks: Is "whorl" a well-known word in English? I had to look up its meaning, so I think you could write a tooltip or make an annotated schema of the plant to explain it.   " the roots are too thin to make a meal." this. I'm a bit confused by this information. Can't they be use as herbs like rosemary? Just by adding them to the meat while cooking. I don't think they are small enough to prevent that?   I like the diverse usage there are for the plant. If you're actually interested in adding more to this article, you could explain why the plant developed those characteristics – insect repellent I would imagine.   I have some suggestions of stock photos you could add: a curry, mole sauce and /or a cake, a cook preparing herbs – maybe rosemary if you can since it's similar. Maybe some hospital patients? Or a tea and you can say your plant is inside.

29 Mar, 2021 22:08

Nice plant with many uses! I like how the plant can be used as both a stimulant and a sleeping aid. It feels like a plant that could exist in real life.   The magical addition was also nice. Are the dreams that are produced this way like lucid dreams?

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29 Mar, 2021 22:08

Nice plant with many uses! I like how the plant can be used as both a stimulant and a sleeping aid. It feels like a plant that could exist in real life.   The magical addition was also nice. Are the dreams that are produced this way like lucid dreams?

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13 Apr, 2021 20:45

Now I am both hungry and thirsty. Darn you! O_O Anyway, real nice! I really like all the varied uses.

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16 Apr, 2021 02:28

Hey Eli!   I just left your Twitch stream a few minutes ago and I realized that I hadn't read your Peculiar Plants article yet. I like the article's overall aesthetic, and I find the duality of the relaxant/stimulant properties depending on the part of the plant consumed intriguing. Since I'm not a fan of lemon grass and spent way too much of my youth mowing lawns, I don't think I'd be a fan of the curry but I could use all the sleep help I get from the tea! My only suggestion is consider putting some of your content in columns to bring some variety into the article presentation and add an image or two. Great work!

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