African Wormwood artemisia afra
Also commonly known as Artemisia Afra, Lanyana and Wilde-als, this is one of the most widely used Southern African medicinal plants.
Main Qualities: Its properties include anthelmintic, antiseptic, choleretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, insect repellent, narcotic, stimulant (digestive), tonic, vermifuge.
Can Benefit: Diabetes, measles, coughs, colds, fever, stomach disorders, loss of appetite, colic, earache, haemorrhoids and headaches. It has been shown to be a very effective antimicrobial agent against certain bacteria and fungi, as well as possessing an anti-oxidant effect. It is also said to be an effective insect repellent, leading to its use in formulations for animal shampoos.
How to Use: Inhalation for all lung-related illnesses, to clear blocked nasal passages and relieve headaches. The leaves from the plant can be used in a tea or in a bath. They can also be warmed and applied externally as a poultice to relieve inflammation.
Warnings: Owing to high content of thujone, this oil must not be used internally, and should be used with caution during pregnancy and for epileptics. This is a herb that should not be taken longer than a 7 to 10 day period as it can cause headaches and shaking.