Also commonly known as Artemisia Afra, Lanyana and Wilde-als, this is one of the most widely used Southern African medicinal plants.
Its properties include anthelmintic, antiseptic, choleretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, insect repellent, narcotic, stimulant (digestive), tonic, vermifuge.
Diabetes, measles, coughs, colds, fever, stomach disorders, loss of appetite, colic, earache, haemorrhoids and headaches. It has been shown to be a very effective antimicrobial agent against certain bacteria and fungi, as well as possessing an anti-oxidant effect. It is also said to be an effective insect repellent, leading to its use in formulations for animal shampoos.
How to Use:
Inhalation for all lung-related illnesses, to clear blocked nasal passages and relieve headaches. The leaves from the plant can be used in a tea or in a bath. They can also be warmed and applied externally as a poultice to relieve inflammation.
Owing to high content of thujone, this oil must not be used internally, and should be used with caution during pregnancy and for epileptics. This is a herb that should not be taken longer than a 7 to 10 day period as it can cause headaches and shaking.