Agave americana (Blougaringboom, century plant, umhlaba) is a healing anti-inflammatory, diuretic herb with hormonal and insecticidal constituents. It acts mainly on the digestive system and lowers fever by increasing perspiration.
Aloe vera (Barbados aloe) is an intensely bitter herb that controls fungal infection, is anti-inflammatory, and promotes healing. It also destroys intestinal parasites and stimulates the uterus.
Aloe arborescens (kransaalwyn, krans-aloe, unhlabana) leaf extracts show significant wound healing, antibacterial, anti-ulcer, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, and hypoglycaemic activity.
Aloe maculata (Seepaalwyn, Soap Aloe, Icena) has a wide range of uses in traditional medicine for both people and animals. It is also edible and is a good addition to any eco-garden.
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 ferox (Bitteraalwyn, Bitter Aloe, iNhlaba) is one of the best known muthi plants of southern Africa boasting a long history of medicinal and magical use. It is a good addition to an eco-garden.
Tecomaria capensis (Cape Honeysuckle, Kaapse Kanferfoelie, lungana) is used for fevers, pain, sleeplessness, chest ailments, diarrhoea, dysentery, and stomach pains. It also has magical uses and is a popular ornamental plant in eco-gardens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pelargonium sidoides (Kalwerbossie, Rabassam) is used for gonorrhoea, diarrhoea, and dysentery. They have very dark purple, almost black flowers, that are very unusual.