Latin Name: Lippia Javanica
Magical Indigenous Uses:
Common Indigenous Names: Fever Tea/Lemon Bush/Cape Verbena (English), Musukudu, Bokhukhwane (Tswana), inZinziniba (Xhosa), umSuzwane (Zulu)
Plant: This erect woody shrub has small yellowish-white flowers that form heads on dense clusters. The hairy leaves have pronounced veins with an aromatic citrus bush. It grows in large parts of South Africa particularly on the East coast.
Uses: Known as Fever Tea, the plant has traditionally been used for a number of ailments. Most popularly for fever, persistent coughs, colds and chest ailments. In addition it is commonly used for skin rashes, head lice, stomach problems, headaches and to soothe sore muscles. It's fragrance makes it an effective insect repellent, particularly against moths and mosquitoes. as a prophylactic against lung infections. In these cases Lippia javanica is often mixed with another herb African Wormwood.
The smoke from the herb has proven to be affective, if inhaled, against asthma, chronic coughs and pleurisy. The leaves and stems are burned.
Skin disorders, such as heat rash and other rashes, as well as scratches, stings and bites can also be treated. Here the tea is usually cooled and then massaged into skin. Even lice and scabies can be treated with it.
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