An attractive sprawing bush that grows throughout Africa from Cape to Cairo.
It has been used for centuries as a treatment for chest conditions, coughs, colds, colic, heartburn, flatulence, croup, whooping cough and gout.
During the time of the Moody trek into the Chimanimani area of what is now Zimbabwe, the settlers used it to treat malaria with great success.
It is easy to propgate and grows in almost any conditions.
To use it as a medicinal herb one should take a 1/4 cup of fresh leaves to 1 cup of boiling water and allow tyo steap for 5 minutes before drinking.
The tea is bitter but it may be sweetened with honey to taste.
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