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Reference : HV 09

Author(s) : Van Wyk, B.-E. , H. de Wet , F.R. Van Heerden
Title : An ethnobotanical survey of medicinal plants in the southeastern Karoo South Africa Journal of Botany , 74, pp. 696–704, (2008)
Reference HV 09 has information about 22 plants :
Abutilon sonneratianum (Cav.) Sweet
Official name : Abutilon sonneratianum (Cav.) Sweet
Family : Malvaceae
Symptoms : V(139)
Recipes : Vb(139), the plant Abutilon sonneratianum is used to stimulate bulls in the spring
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Murraysburg region)
Vernacular name : berg se wilde kopdagg (Afrikaans language)
Abutilon sonneratianum (Cav.) Sweet
Official name : Abutilon sonneratianum (Cav.) Sweet
Family : Malvaceae
Symptoms : H(099)
Recipes : H(099) madness (severe nervous conditions), smoke a cigarette made from the leaves of Abutilon sonneratianum mixed with the styles (beard) of sweetcorn (Zea may); “it breaks the madness”.
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Murraysburg region)
Vernacular name : berg se wilde kopdagg (Afrikaans language)
Aloe ferox Miller
Official name : Aloe ferox Miller
Family : Asphodelaceae
Symptoms : H(006), H(104)
Recipes : H(006) constipation. dry leaves of Aloe ferox soaked in a bottle of water and a tablespoon is taken in the morning
H(006) constipation, sap is mixed with lukewarm water (short or young aloe said to work best).
H(104) “stomach pills (maagpille) are made from the dry sap.
H(104) to clean the stomach, dry leaves of Aloe ferox soaked in a bottle of water and a tablespoon is taken in the morning
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Murraysburg region)
Vernacular name : aalwyn (Afrikaans language)
Artemisia absinthium L.
Official name : Artemisia absinthium L.
Family : Asteraceae
Symptoms : H(008)
Recipes : H(008) diarrhoea, leaves of Artemisia absinthium as tea (bright green colour, very bitter).(An exotic plant that is grown in gardens in the Murraysburg township)
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Murraysburg region)
Vernacular name : groenamara (Afrikaans language)
Artemisia afra Jacq. ex Willd.
Official name : Artemisia afra Jacq. ex Willd.
Family : Asteraceae
Symptoms : H(037), H(108)
Recipes : H(037) chest problems in infants, place dry leaves of Artemisia afra in flannel bag and hang around baby's neck.
H(108) colds, tea (leaves)
H(108) colds (“as strengthening medicine”), also infants, fresh, bruised leaves as tea (taken in the morning and evening).
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Graaff-Reinet region)
Vernacular name : wildeals (Afrikaans language)
Boophone disticha (L.f.) Herbert
Official name : Boophone disticha (L.f.) Herbert
Family : Amaryllidaceae
Symptoms : H(004)
Recipes : H(004) circumcision wounds, dry bulb scales of Boophone disticha are applied.
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Graaff-Reinet region)
Vernacular name : gifbol (Afrikaans language)
Cannabis sativa L.
Official name : Cannabis sativa L.
Family : Cannabaceae
Symptoms : H(037)
Recipes : H(037) chest ailments, drink tea made from the leaves of Cannabis sativa
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Graaff-Reinet region)
Vernacular name : dagga (Afrikaans language)
Centella asiatica (L.) Urb.
Official name : Centella asiatica (L.) Urb.
Family : Apiaceae
Symptoms : H(053), H(095)
Recipes : H(053) ear pain in children, fresh leaves of Centella asiatica used as ear plugs.
H(095) fresh leaves are eaten by children (said to have a pleasant sour taste).
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Graaff-Reinet region)
Vernacular name : kleinkattekruid (Afrikaans language)
Cucumis africanus L.f.
Official name : Cucumis africanus L.f.
Family : Cucurbitaceae
Symptoms : H(099)
Recipes : H(099): to suppress hunger and thirst — eat the fruit of Cucumis africanus
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Murraysburg region)
Vernacular name : wilde komkommer (Afrikaans language)
Datura stramonium L.
Official name : Datura stramonium L.
Family : Solanaceae
Symptoms : H(037)
Recipes : H(037) chest ailments, dry leaves of Datura stramonium are powdered, mixed with tobacco and used to make a cigarette (said to “open the lungs”).
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Murraysburg region)
Vernacular name : olieboom (Afrikaans language)
Dicerocaryum zanguebaricum (Lour.) Merr.
Official name : Dicerocaryum zanguebaricum (Lour.) Merr.
Family : Pedaliaceae
Symptoms : H(100), H(104)
Recipes : H(100) syphilis, drink a large quantity (1 l) of an infusion of the whole plant of Dicerocaryum eriocarpum (including the thorns).
H(104) stomach acid , the dried, powdered whole plant is used.
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Graaff-Reinet region)
Vernacular name : beesduwweltjie (dubbeltjie) (Afrikaans language)
Dodonaea angustifolia L. f.
Official name : Dodonaea angustifolia L. f.
Family : Sapindaceae
Symptoms : H(108)
Recipes : H(108) colds, H(108) influenza, H(109) back pain, infusion of leafy tips of Dodonaea angustifolia (can be used with Hermannia cuneifolia).
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Murraysburg region)
Vernacular name : ysterhouttoppe (Afrikaans language)
Galenia africana L.
Official name : Galenia africana L.
Family : Aizoaceae
Symptoms : H(004), H(013), H(113)
Recipes : H(004): wounds, boil in water with a little salt and wash wounds.
H(013) rough skin (“skurfte”) , steep stems in water and apply topically.
H(113) rheumatism, bathe in a weak infusion
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Graaff-Reinet region)
Vernacular name : kraalbos, kraalhoutjie (Afrikaans language)
Leonotis ocymifolia (Burm.f.) Iwarsson
Official name : Leonotis ocymifolia (Burm.f.) Iwarsson
Family : Lamiaceae
Symptoms : H(018), H(082), H(104), H(108), H(151)
Recipes : H(018) headache, dried, powdered leaves of Leonotis ocymifolia used as a snuff.
H(082) asthma chest (not for cough) drink a leaf infusion
H(104) stomach, H(108) colds, H(151) high blood pressure, ONS, RNS.
H(082) asthma, drink a leaf infusion.
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Graaff-Reinet region)
Vernacular name : kopdagga or klipdagga (Afrikaans language)
Momordica balsamina L.
Official name : Momordica balsamina L.
Family : Cucurbitaceae
Symptoms : H(051), H(104)
Recipes : H(051) fever, mix root of Momordica balsamina with other herbs.
H(104) stomach problems, steep with Epson salt , Cissampelos capensis , Momordica balsamina roots
H(104) stomach ulcers, scrape the white root to remove the bark, cut into slices, string into a piece of wire and hang to dry; use one piece at a time, powder and drink like tea.
H(104) stomach cramps , dried root slices used as tea (same as Kedrostis nana var. zeyheri, but the taste is astringent).
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Graaff-Reinet region)
Vernacular name : without, duwana (Afrikaans language)
Pittosporum viridiflorum Sims
Official name : Pittosporum viridiflorum Sims
Family : Pittosparaceae
Symptoms : H(104), H(108)
Recipes : H(104) stomach cramps, use bark of Pittosporum viridiflorum (mix with Kedrostis nana var. zeyheri), RNS.
H(104) stomach , H(108) influenza problems, drink an infusion of the bark of Pittosporum viridiflorum
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Graaff-Reinet region)
Vernacular name : kwenkwe bas (Afrikaans language)
Salix mucronata Thunb.
Official name : Salix mucronata Thunb.
Family : Salicaceae
Symptoms : H(051)
Recipes : H(051) fever , drink an infusion of the bark of Salix mucronata
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Murraysburg region)
Vernacular name : wilgeboom bas (Afrikaans language)
Solanum sp.
Official name : Solanum sp.
Family : Solanaceae
Symptoms : H(100)
Recipes : H(100) syphillis, boil the roots of Solanum sp. and drink.
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Graaff-Reinet region)
Vernacular name : gifappel, vuilsiekbossie (Afrikaans language)
Teucrium trifidum Retz.
Official name : Teucrium trifidum Retz.
Family : Lamiaceae
Symptoms : V(051)
Recipes : Vb(051), Vo(051) fever in sheep and cattle, ONS, RNS.
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Murraysburg region)
Vernacular name : katjiedrieblaar (Afrikaans language)
Teucrium trifidum Retz.
Official name : Teucrium trifidum Retz.
Family : Lamiaceae
Symptoms : H(108), H(109), H(162y)
Recipes : H(108) colds, H(109) back pain, H(162y) bladder problems in women, drink an infusion of the herb of Teucrium trifidum
H(108) colds and H(108) influenza , drink an infusion.
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Murraysburg region)
Vernacular name : katjiedrieblaar (Afrikaans language)
Withania somnifera (L.) Dun.
Official name : Withania somnifera (L.) Dun.
Family : Solanaceae
Synonyms : Physalis somnifera L.
Symptoms : H(051), H(078), H(113), H(179), H(201)
Recipes : H(051) fever, drink infusion of the root of Withania somnifera
H(051) fever, mix with other plants, ONS., RNS.
H(179) kidney failure (“nierstuipe”) and H(113) inflammation , works with Withania somnifera , Cissampelos capensis, ONS., RNS.
H(201)magic, “toorgoed” ONS., RNS.
H(078) cancer, use a decoction of Withania somnifera, Agathosma ovata, Cissampelos capensis and wynruit.
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Murraysburg region)
Vernacular name : koorshout (Afrikaans language)
Zea mays L.
Official name : Zea mays L.
Family : Poaceae
Symptoms : H(099)
Recipes : H(099) madness (severe nervous conditions), smoke a cigarette made from the leaves of Abutilon sonneriatum mixed with the styles (beard) of sweetcorn (Zea may); “it breaks the madness”.
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Southeastern Karoo, Murraysburg region)
Vernacular name : not registered