KOUGA SNOWBUSH
KOUGA SNOWBUSH
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KOUGA SNOWBUSH

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Latin Name: Eriocephalus Africanus

Family:  Asteraceae

Plant: This small multi-branched shrub has clusters of small hairy silver  leaves and dense white flowers and fluffy white seed tufts, hence the ‘snow’ (‘kapok’ – Afrikaans) name. It grows mainly in the Namaqualand, Western and Eastern Cape. 

Uses: It has traditionally been used in herbal form as a diuretic to treat edema and stomach ailments by the Khoi and early Cape settlers. It is believed to have sedative qualities, act as a relaxant and a mood enhancer when inhaled.

Indigenous Uses:

  • Letting go of negative emotions

  • Healing addictive personalities traits

  • Helps elevate low mood 
  • Relaxant