Artemisia is a fortifying tonic, which cleanses the blood and aids the bodies’ ability to absorb nutrients. It’s Afrikaans name Wilde Als, because it grows wild and heals just about anything. Scientific studies have shown that the herb exhibits potent pharmacological activities including antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antioxidant, antispasmodic, insecticidal, antimalarial, antifungal, antiparasitic antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. It also has CNS-effects (sedative, antidepressant) It helps regulate menstruation and stimulates a healthy appetite. This is an essential medicine to keep in these times, as it is most effective in treating respiratory complaints such as asthma, coughs, colds, viruses, fever, and pneumonia. These diverse biological activities are manifested by different compounds whose main components are essential oils and polyphenols and flavonoids including Quercetin. Scentific studies have shown it to be notably effective against both Malaria and Bilharzia and in the treatment of Lymes disease, Chrones disease and cancerous tumours. No wonder African traditional healers refer to it as Umhlanyane/Lengane -a tea of “Courage.”
May this pure, wild-harvested medicine from a remote Karoo mountain stream bring you the health and courage of the majestic Eland who graze there.