African Herbs

African herbs have been used for centuries in traditional African medicine to treat a wide range of ailments. With a rich diversity of flora across the continent, Africa boasts a variety of medicinal herbs that have been used to manage everything from minor ailments like headaches and skin irritations to more serious conditions like malaria and diabetes. Many of these herbs are still used today in various forms of traditional medicine, and in recent years, interest in the healing properties of African herbs has spread to the Western world, with many people seeking out these natural remedies as a way to support their health and well-being.

HerbProperties
Aloe VeraAids in digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties, and helps to soothe burns and wounds.
African PotatoBoosts the immune system, aids in reducing inflammation, and helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
African GingerAids in digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties, and helps to alleviate nausea.
African WormwoodHelps to alleviate coughs and colds, has anti-inflammatory properties, and aids in digestion.
BaobabHas antioxidant properties, aids in reducing inflammation, and helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
BuchuAids in reducing inflammation, has antimicrobial properties, and helps to alleviate urinary tract infections.
Devil’s ClawHelps to alleviate joint pain, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-arthritic properties.
HoodiaHelps to suppress appetite, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-diabetic properties.
KigeliaHelps to improve skin health, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-microbial properties.
MoringaHelps to boost energy, has antioxidant properties, and aids in reducing inflammation.
RooibosHas antioxidant properties, aids in reducing inflammation, and helps to alleviate allergies.
SceletiumHelps to reduce stress and anxiety, aids in improving mood, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
SutherlandiaBoosts the immune system, aids in reducing inflammation, and helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
UmckaloaboHelps to alleviate coughs and colds, has anti-inflammatory properties, and aids in reducing respiratory tract infections.
Wild DaggaHelps to alleviate pain, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-anxiety properties.
Wild LettuceHelps to alleviate pain, aids in reducing inflammation, and has sedative properties.
YohimbeHelps to improve sexual function, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-depressant properties.
African Bird’s Eye ChiliHelps to improve digestion, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-microbial properties.
Bitter KolaAids in reducing inflammation, helps to boost the immune system, and has anti-bacterial properties.
Cape AloeAids in digestion, has laxative properties, and helps to alleviate constipation.
CinnamonHelps to regulate blood sugar levels, has antioxidant properties, and aids in reducing inflammation.
Coffee SennaAids in digestion, has laxative properties, and helps to alleviate constipation.
GarlicBoosts the immune system, has anti-inflammatory properties, and aids in reducing inflammation.
GingerHelps to alleviate nausea, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Golden SealHas anti-inflammatory properties, aids in reducing inflammation, and helps to alleviate digestive disorders.
HibiscusHelps to regulate blood pressure, aids in reducing inflammation, and has antioxidant properties.
Kola NutHelps to boost energy levels, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-depressant properties.
Lemon BalmHelps to reduce stress and anxiety, aids in improving sleep, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
SaffronHelps to improve mood, aids in digestion, and has antioxidant properties.
TumericHelps to reduce inflammation, aids in digestion, and has antioxidant properties.
African LavenderHelps to reduce stress and anxiety, aids in improving sleep, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Black CohoshHelps to alleviate menstrual cramps, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
CalendulaHelps to alleviate skin irritation, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-microbial properties.
Cat’s ClawHelps to boost the immune system, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-viral properties.
Chaste Tree BerryHelps to alleviate menstrual cramps, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Devil’s ThornHelps to alleviate joint pain, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-arthritic properties.
Ginger LilyHelps to alleviate pain, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Hoodia GordoniiHelps to suppress appetite, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-diabetic properties.
KannaHelps to reduce stress and anxiety, aids in improving mood, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Lion’s TailHelps to alleviate pain, aids in reducing inflammation, and has sedative properties.
NettleHelps to alleviate allergies, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
PeppermintAids in digestion, helps to alleviate nausea, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Red CloverHelps to alleviate menstrual cramps, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Sausage TreeHelps to alleviate pain, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
St. John’s WortHelps to reduce stress and anxiety, aids in improving mood, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
SyzigiumHelps to regulate blood sugar levels, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-bacterial properties.
TarchonanthusHelps to alleviate pain, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Wild GeraniumHelps to alleviate pain, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Wild OliveHelps to boost the immune system, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-microbial properties.
XylopiaHelps to alleviate pain, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Urinary Infections

Herbs: Buchu (Barosma betulina), cornsilk (Zea mays), marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 5 g of each herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water. Divide into 4 doses and drink throughout the day.

Option: Substitute juniper (Juniperus communis) or goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) for buchu.


Herb: Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Remedy: Make a decoction of the berries and drink 1 2/3–2 1/3 cups (450–600 ml) a day.
Tip: Cranberry juice may be substituted for bilberry decoction.

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Herbs: Garlic (Allium sativum), echinacea (Echinacea spp.)

Remedy: Take either or both herbs in capsule or tablet form.

Note: Take in addition to other remedies.
Caution: Do not take juniper or buchu during pregnancy.

Neuralgia

General Remedies
Herbs: St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), lavender (Lavandula officinalis), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)

Remedy: Apply neat St. John’s wort infused oil to painful areas, or add 20 drops each of clove and lavender essential oil to 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of St. John’s wort infused oil and then apply every 2–3 hours as required.

Herb: Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 25 g of herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water and bathe the affected area. Alternatively, dilute 20 drops of essential oil in 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of carrier oil and gently massage into the painful area.

Caution: Do not use on children under 5.

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Head Pain
Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Mix 1⁄2 tsp of powder with water to make a thick paste and apply to the head.

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Toothache
Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Chew a clove or rub 1–2 drops of neat essential oil onto the affected tooth 2–3 times a day for up to 3 days.

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