Uses in different cultures Southern, Eastern & West Africa and parts of Asia
This species is used in treating a very wide range of ailments and conditions.
Leaf and root decoctions are taken for gastro-intestinal disorders, fever, pneumonia, headache, high blood pressure, sore throat, sinusitis, venereal diseases, aphrodisiac, worm killer, a tonic for pregnant women and infants and to prevent rickets and to control convulsions.
Root decoctions and infusions are taken for whooping cough, malaria, syphilis and kidney ailments, irregular menses, threatening abortion, skin diseases and epilepsy, and given to women before and after parturition to ease delivery and to expel blood from the uterus, and later to boost milk production.
Roots are chewed to combat indigestion.
Crushed leaves are used as an antiseptic and analgesic applied to open wounds, mouth infections, otitis and abscesses, also burns, hemorrhoids, rheumatism and general body pains. Also used to treat wounds in domestic animals, and as a snakebite antidote. Dried leaves are widely used as an arthropod repellent, such as a filling material for mattresses and pillows against fleas, lice and bedbugs. The fruits are sweet and readily eaten by people and other animals. Stem bark is pounded and used as rope.
We distribute it for its good reputation good taste as a tea but not as medicine.
Use as any green tea infusing it (not boiling) to your personal taste and enjoy a gift from Mother Earth for your physical, emotional, mental & spiritual wellbeing. Brew some for friends & family