`Like the spirits, the plant does not die. It lives forever. It has a fellowship with the spirits.' – Berglund.
- The smoke is inhaled by traditional healers (sangomas) to induce a trance state.
- Smoke from burning leaves is relaxing and is also inhaled for pain relief. It is also helpful for insomnia.
- Helichrysum, known as imphepho, is burned as a ritual incense with the purpose of invoking the ancestors.
- The Sutos smoke the leaf of H. dregeanum for head colds, and the leaf of H. athrixiifolium for chest complaints.
- The people from the Bikita district of Zimbabwe drink the ash of a Helichrysum sp. mixed with beer, as a cure for epilepsy.
- The Sutos make a steam bath by pouring an infusion on hot stones, which is inhaled for bad dreams and fever.
- Suto men drink a decoction of the root of H. platypterum to renew their virility.
- Shangaan traditional doctors reportedly use the leaf of the Helichrysum sp. to boost womans libido.
- Several Helichrysums are used as teas.
- The Khoi use it as a calming tea.
Other Medicinal Uses:
- Widely burned and inhaled in the Transkei as a protective cleanser
Used for the treatment of coughs, colds, fever, infections, headaches and menstrual pains.Active Constituents:
Helichrysetin, chalcone.Pharmacological effects :
Pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-infective activity have been scientifically proven.Botanical description :
Helichrysum odoratissimum is a perennial herb that has densely aromatic hairy or woolen leaves and persistent flower heads. Preparation :
Plant part used, leaves.
For pain relief the smoke is inhaled.
For coughs and cold, a weak infusion in tea.
Open wounds are treated externaly by applied patches of Helichrysum to prevent infection.
$5.97 for 30grams of Imphepho.
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