Latin Name: Helichrysum Patulum
Spiritual Indigenous Uses:
Inhaled for headaches and to get rid of evil spirits
Helps to clear pineal and crown for clarity
- Supports peaceful sleep and dreams
Plant: This small, rounded, soft aromatic shrub let has grey foliage with strongly honey-scented summer flowers. The top of the leaves are grey, covered with small soft hairs, while the underneath and stems are densely covered with white woolly hairs. Its fragrant flowers attract pollinating insects especially bees. It grows on sandy flats and coastal dunes and inland on south-facing, lower mountain slopes of the southern Western Cape. Its yellow flowers are common to all Helichrysums hence their name derived from the (sun) and (gold). The species' Latin name patulum means ‘spreading’ or ‘wide open’ referring to its growth habit.
Uses: It is traditionally used in herbal form for asthma, bladder infections, gynecological disorders, backache, fatigue, stress hypertension, cardiac problems and influenza. Its strongly aromatic leaves can be used to keep insects and parasites away.