Latin Name: Helichrysum Odoratissimum
Magical Indigenous Uses:
Common Indigenous Names: Imphepho (Xhosa, Zulu), Phefo, Towane (Sotho), Kooigoed (Khoisan)
Plant: This aromatic bushy perennial herb grows mainly along the coastal regions of South Africa. It has small hairy silvery green leaves with yellow cluster flowers.
Uses: It is an important plant to the shamans of Southern African or Sangoma. Where the smoke is used in ritual to invoke trance and to connect with the ancestral guardians. It is traditionally used for its sedative properties for insomnia, to relieve headaches and tension as well as for coughs, colds, fever and headaches. It has powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties, making it an essential in a first-aid kit to treat insect bites and even spider, scorpion and snake bites.
Helichrysum essential oil rich and has anti-inflammatory properties, which is ideal for tendonitis, tissue pain and rheumatism. It is also anti fungal, antiseptic and due to its regeneration properties can aid the healing of scar tissue, dermatitis and acne. Its anti-aging properties encourage cell rejuvenation, making it an ideal ingredient in skin cream and sunscreens. Used in vapor therapy, it relieves bronchial congestion and acts against allergic reactions. Used in aromatherapy, it relieves stress and strengthens the nervous system.
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