HEALTH: Traditional Medicine And Coronavirus

AMONG the positive spin-offs of the coronavirus is the focus and significance thereof, of traditional medicines. This development stems from claims that Madagascar has a cure made primarily from the artemisia plant. The artemisia plant, known as lengana or umhlonyane in Sesotho and isiZulu respectively, is one of the most used & effective traditional medicines in Southern Africa. It can be found in natural habitat such as on mountains and in many home gardens. 

Many cultures in sub-Saharan Africa will tell how they grew up with lengana or umhlonyane as the preferred traditional medicine preferred by the family matriarch. It would be used to treat a whole range of ailments ranging from cough, fever, colic, headache to intestinal parasites and malaria. In addition the plant is frequently used as a moth repellent, for infusions, lotions, essential oils, it can be inhaled and its extracts can be used in full body wash.

Here some applications: source:

Steam Inhalation

1 teaspoon of dried leaves boiled in 2 litres of water, 5-10 min. allow to draw, inhale about 10 min. It helps when you have a stuffy, running nose and is against chronic upper respiratory infections.

To treat a blocked nose plugs of fresh leaves may be inserted in the nostrils.

Full Body Wash and Sitting Bath

Boil 1 tablespoon of dried leaves in 5 litres of water. Wash the whole body as hot as possible, do rinse and put the patient to bed with a hot water bottle. You could add 2 tablespoons of Koena (wild mint) to the washing water. It helps in times of a common cold, of flu and of harmless, feverish conditions and of haemorrhoids.

Partial Body Wash

Face, acne, pimples.


Mix 10 gr of dried powderized Artemisia leaves with 100 gr of sunflower oil, warm it without boiling for 1 hour, always stirring (without any lid). Filter it and mix it with 20 gr of melted beewax or melted paraffin and fill the ointment into little containers. It is good against infections, inflammations or fungal and bacterial skin infections and haemmorhoids and relaxes painful joints.


Only nurses should prepare enemas!!! Ground, dry leaves are suspended in milk and used against intestinal worms and against constipation.

Growing, harvesting and drying Lengana leaves

In Lesotho, Lengana grows all over the country and you don’t need to plant it in your garden. When you harvest the leaves, pay attention that you don’t collect them on a field where animals graze. Only if there are too many animals around plant some Lengana in your garden. Pick the leaves before the plant blossoms. put them in a box that the wind can’t blow them away and that they will be protected from dust. The box must be always open, without any lid. Leave the box in a warm and sunny place for the first 2-3 days and only then bring it into the shadow. Once the leaves are 100% dry, grind them to powder and fill the powder in very well closing tins.


Prolonged and regular use of Lengana tea creates nausea, abdominal pain and stresses the nervous system.

The tea tastes very bitter, even loathesome and has an ugly smell. In order to be on the safe side prepare for internal use a tea with the domestic Artemisia afra and use the wild growing one for external treatments only.

As the medicinal use of the leaves of Artemisia afra is already very powerful, leave the use of the roots to the expert!

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