Imphepho is a powerful herbal plant native to South Africa used extensively for thousands of years in traditional medicine and cultural practices by South African tribes. It offers a wide range of health benefits, including skin healing and health, insomnia, and anxiety, for relief from ailments such as fever, colds, and flu, as well as a range of other medicinal applications.
- Country Of Origin: South Africa
- Common Names: Helichrysum petiolare, licorice plant
- Parts Used: Leaves and roots
There are over 245 species of Imphepho in South Africa and 600 species worldwide. The most common ones harvested for medicine are nudifolium, petiolare, cymosum, and odoratissimum.
Imphepho Health Benefits
Throughout history, the Imphepho herb has been used by tribes in South Africa, such as the Zulu and the Xhosa, for a number of healing and cultural practices. It is most frequently burned as incense as part of a ritual to curry favor with the ancestors. This is part of the belief system that ancestors make contact with the living through dreams, and as such traditional healers will use Imphepho smoke to induce a dream state with vivid, sometimes lucid dreams.
The essential oil of Imphepho has been investigated for its anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties as the Imphepho plant is rich in flavonoids. The leaves and twigs are boiled and prepared as a sort of tea to soothe coughs and fever. The leaves are also applied to wounds to prevent infection.