South African medicinal plants

A collection of indigenous plants in South Africa that have medicinal properties.
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Hypoxis hemerocallidea (African potato) has been used as a traditional medicine in South Africa and probably the best known muti plant in the country.

Hypoxis hemerocallidea (African potato) has been used as a traditional medicine in South Africa and probably the best known muti plant in the country.

Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi harvested for traditional medicine.

Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi harvested for traditional medicine.

Plumbago auriculata is used traditionally to treat warts, broken bones and wounds. It is taken as a snuff for headaches and as an emetic to dispel bad dreams.

How to Treat Warts, Skin Tags and other Skin Issues

Tetradenia riparia is used as a traditional remedy for cough, respiratory problems, stomach ache, diarrhoea, dropsy, angina pectoris, fever, malaria and dengue fever, yaws, headache, toothache and as an antiseptic.

Perennial shrub with flowers ranging from white to lilac, sometimes pink.

Colchicum capense contains the alkaloid colchicine which is used pharmaceutically to treat gout and Familial Mediterranean fever. Used medicinally by the Southern Sothos as ointment for the sore ears.

Colchicum capense contains the alkaloid colchicine which is used pharmaceutically to treat gout and Familial Mediterranean fever. Used medicinally by the Southern Sothos as ointment for the sore ears.

Halleria lucida is used in  traditional medicine for skin and ear complaints. Dry leaves are soaked in water and squeezed into the ear to relieve earache.

Halleria lucida is used in traditional medicine for skin and ear complaints. Dry leaves are soaked in water and squeezed into the ear to relieve earache.

Drosera capensis extracts of the leaves were used externally for warts, corns and sunburn. Disorders such as tuberculosis, asthma, coughs, eye and ear infection, liver pain, morning sickness, stomach conditions, syphilis, toothache and intestinal problems were treated internally with teas or extracts made from the leaves.

Drosera capensis extracts of the leaves were used externally for warts, corns and sunburn. Disorders such as tuberculosis, asthma, coughs, eye and ear infection, liver pain, morning sickness, stomach conditions, syphilis, toothache and intestinal problems were treated internally with teas or extracts made from the leaves.

Rauvolfia caffra is used to manage tumors and other diseases associated with oxidative stress. Pieces of bark are chewed to treat coughs. The latex is used to treat diarrhoea and other stomach ailments.

The bark is yellowish-brown, corked and cracked into small squares on older branches.

All parts of Pelargonium tomentosum are astringent. The fresh leaves are used externally as a poultice for bruises and sprains.

We love the smell of Pelargonium tomentosum leaves, and they can be used in tea or even coffee.

Eriocephalus africanus  is recommended in traditional practice as a diuretic for the treatment of oedema, as a remedy for gynaecological and gastric disorders, as a diaphoretic and haemostatic.

Eriocephalus africanus is recommended in traditional practice as a diuretic for the treatment of oedema, as a remedy for gynaecological and gastric disorders, as a diaphoretic and haemostatic.

Carpobrotus edulis leaf juice is traditionally gargled to treat infections of the mouth and throat. It is also taken orally for dysentry, digestive troubles, tuberculosis and as a diuretic and styptic. The leaf pulp is highly astringent and is applied externally to treat eczema, wounds and burns. It is also said to be effective against toothache, earache and oral and vaginal thrush.

Carpobrotus edulis leaf juice is traditionally gargled to treat infections of the mouth and throat. It is also taken orally for dysentry, digestive troubles, tuberculosis and as a diuretic and styptic. The leaf pulp is highly astringent and is applied externally to treat eczema, wounds and burns. It is also said to be effective against toothache, earache and oral and vaginal thrush.

Corms of Watsonia tabularis are used for diarrhoea in calves.

Watsonia tabularis grows from corms or division. We have hundreds of them, they can go quite crazy if you let them.

Tecoma capensis powdered bark is used as a traditional medicine to relieve pain and sleeplessness.

Tecoma capensis is a fantastic shrub or hedging bush. We have them in all sort of colours and they are very rewarding to grow.

Cryptocarya wyliei concoctions and infusions of the bark are often used to treat headaches, urinary disorders, stomach complications, as well as emotional and nervous disorders. It is also said to be an effective remedy for treating infantile diarrhoea.

Cryptocarya wyliei concoctions and infusions of the bark are often used to treat headaches, urinary disorders, stomach complications, as well as emotional and nervous disorders. It is also said to be an effective remedy for treating infantile diarrhoea.

Dombeya kirkii decoction of the root is drunk as a treatment against yaws and abdominal pain.

Dombeya kirkii decoction of the root is drunk as a treatment against yaws and abdominal pain.

Leonotis nepetifolia leaves are brewed as a tea for fever, coughs, womb prolapse and malaria.

Leonotis nepetifolia leaves are brewed as a tea for fever, coughs, womb prolapse and malaria.

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