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Imphepho - Helichrysum odoratissimum


`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.
  • Widely burned and inhaled in the Transkei as a protective cleanser
Other Medicinal Uses:
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.

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