Wilde Als is a tonic herb that is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antidepressant. Wilde Als can be used as a tea, body wash, poultice or vapour to treat respiratory ailments like colds, headaches, earache, bronchial complaints, croup, whooping cough, measles, fevers, malaria and sore throat.
WILDE ALS (ARTEMISIA AFRA OR AFRICAN WORMWOOD)
This is one of our oldest and best-known indigenous medicinal plants. It has a wealth of uses including treating malaria. Use an infusion of the leaves to treat coughs, colds and flu; a little honey can be added to help mask the bitter flavour and will also soothe the throat. It is, however, a brandy made from Wilde als which is better known as an old remedy. Adding a few sprigs to the bathwater is said to help reduce fever while a tight chest resulting from asthma, bronchitis or blocked noses can be relieved by inhaling the vapour. Do not use for long periods.
Lengana is a profound African traditional herb. It is one of the oldest and best known medicinal plants, and is still used effectively today in South Africa by people of all cultures.
Artemisia Afra is a highly aromatic plant known as Wormwood or Sagewood (English), Wildeals (Afrikaans), Lengana (Sotho).
Lengana is widely used in traditional medicine to treat coughs, colds and influenza, fever, loss of appetite, colic, headache, earache, malaria fever and intestinal worms amongst others.
Lengana has also been used in natural insecticide sprays and as a moth repellent.
The roots, stems and leaves are used in many different ways and taken as enemas, poultices, infusions, body washes, lotions, smoked, snuffed or drunk as a tea.
Artemisia Afra has a very bitter taste
Dose: 1 teaspoon to 1 cup boiling water, 3x per day, 1 hour after meals
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