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Fever Tea - Lippia javanica Tincture

Fever Tea - Lippia javanica Tincture
  • Infusions are used as a tea, and are also taken as a general health tonic.
  • As a tea, it has a calming and relaxing effect.
  • It is naturally caffeine free, and has a good taste and pleasant aroma.

  • The smoke from the herb has proven to be affective, if inhaled, against asthma, chronic coughs and pleurisy. The leaves and stems are burned.

  • Lippia javanica is also used ritually in a cleansing ceremony when someone has been in contact with a corpse and also for protection against dogs, crocodiles and lightning.
  • The Zulu's use the whole plant as a protective charm (intelezi) for sprinkling around the homestaed to ward off evil.

  • The Masai make a red ointment from it, which they use to decorate their bodies.

Active ingredients :
  • L. javanica is rich in volatile oil and numerous monoterpenoids have also been identified.

Pharmacological effects :
  • Volatile oils have decongestant and antiseptic effects.
  • The possible pain-relieving activities require further study.

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