Rituals and Rites
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dombeya rotundifolia var. rotundifolia (Gewone Drolpeer, Common Wild Pear, Nhliziyor) is used medicinally to cure many ailments in southern Africa and other parts of Africa. It is an ideal tree for a small 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.
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.