The definitive reference work for every Family Herbalist and Inyanga. A one-of-a-kind searchable digital inventory of the Muthi Flora of southern Africa. Featuring 300+ medicinal and magical plants.
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Carpobrotus edulis (suurvy, sour fig, ikhambi-lamabulawo) is a popular traditional medicine with a wide variety of applications. It is also edible and is ideal for low-maintenance and water-wise gardens.
Schotia brachypetala (Huiboerboon, Tree Fuchsia) is used in traditional medicine and in rites. It is a popular garden subject that attracts a variety of wildlife to the garden.
Terminalia sericea is an important traditional medicine with a variety of applications. It is in the Top 25 traded plants in muthi markets and muthi shops in its distribution area.
Pittosporum viridiflorum (kasuur, cheesewood) is used in traditional medicine for both people and animals. It is also used as a magical plant. It is a beautiful garden tree.
Datura stramonium (Bloustinkblaar, Jimson weed, iloyi) is widely used for headaches, asthma, wounds, sores and boils. It is poisonous and various cases of human poisoning have been reported.
Gymnosporia heterophylla (Riffelstampendoring, Angular-stemmed Spike Thorn), formerly known as Maytenus heterophylla, has many applications in traditional medicine and it is one of the Top 25 traded plants at muthi markets and shops in its distribution area.
Aloe marlothii (bergaalwyn, mountain aloe, umhlaba ) is widely used in southern Africa for stomach ailments. Powdered leaves and ash are used in African snuff.
Aloe arborescens (kransaalwyn, krans-aloe, unhlabana) leaf extracts show significant wound healing, antibacterial, anti-ulcer, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, and hypoglycaemic activity.
Vachellia karroo (Acacia karroo) (Soetdoring, Sweet Thron, umuNga) is the most common and widespread thorn tree (Acacia) in southern Africa. It has a wealth of medicinal uses for people and animals and it is also used magically. The gum is edible.
Plumbago auriculata (Blou Syselbos, Leadwort, umabophe) is used extensively as a magical plant and for treating wounds, skin disorders, and headaches. It is a popular eco-garden plant that attracts birds and butterflies.
Leonotis leonurus (wilde dagga, wild dagga) is widely used to treat colds, coughs, bronchitis, asthma, and jaundice. Leaves are smoked for epilepsy and headaches. It is a colourful addition to the eco-garden.
Portulacaria afra (iNtelezi, Porkbush, Spekboom) is used for sore throat and mouth infections while the astringent juice is used for soothing skin ailments such as pimples, rashes and insect bites. It is a popular ornamental plant.
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Inventory Curator: Di-Di Hoffman.