Traditional Herbal Cream

HERBAL REMEDY with traditional ingredients
that are known for their antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and wound healing properties. This old South African household recipe is traditionally used for various skin and joint ailments.

Contains extracts of indigenous plants: Artemisia afra, Carpobrotus edulis, Helichrysum odoratissimum, Leonotis nepetifolia, Leonotis leonorus, Olea Africana, Sutherlandia frutescens.

Can aid in relieving painful inflammatory conditions, sore muscles and joints as well as certain skin conditions.

Provides protection against the damaging effects of free radicals in skin cells, also reducing the signs of ageing.

Inhibits the growth of certain harmful bacteria and fungi, reducing the risk of skin infections.

Indigenous Plant Extracts

Artemisia afra
Otherwise known as ‘wilde als’ or ‘wormwood’, this plant is widespread in all the provinces of South Africa except the Northern Cape, also Lesotho, Swaziland and northward into tropical Africa. Traditional medicinal uses include the treatment of haemorrhoids and inflammation.
Pharmacologically, the plant has shown pain relieving, antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant

Carpobrotus edulis
Also known as ‘Suurvy’ or ‘sour fig’, this plant is widespread in the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces on sandy flats and slopes, mostly inland.
This Khoi-Khoi and San remedy has been adopted by most other ethnic groups in South Africa, where preparations of the leaf juice are applied externally to sores or burn wounds among other uses, explaining its suggested antibacterial properties2,3,5 . The plant has also been shown to exhibit antioxidant activity5,6.

Helichrysum odoratissimum
Found mostly in the Eastern Cape, H. odoratissimum has traditionally been used as a facial ointment for pimples among other. Reported activities of the essential oil from the plant includes antioxidant8 and antibacterial7.

Leonotis nepetifolia
Belonging to the mint family, this species (also known as ‘klip dagga’) generally grows in patches along roadside or barren unused agriculture waste land during rainy season, and is known for its anti-cold, anti- cough, anti-inflammatory and anti-diarrhoeal properties since ages and being used by local tribal communities as ethnomedicine11. Research affirms the traditional uses of L. nepetifolia by highlighting the medicinal properties of the plant. This includes analgesic13, antifungal & antibacterial14,15, anti-rheumatic and anti-inflammatory properties16,17. Some traditional medicinal uses include rheumatism, burn wounds, swelling and skin afflictions such as eczema12,18.

Leonotis leonorus
Widely known as ‘wild dagga’, this plant is known to grow at forest margins, on rocky hillsides and in the tall grassland of the Eastern and Western Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. Traditional medical uses include treatment of skin rashes and itching, eczema, boils and sores, muscular cramps and relief of haemorroids10. The species exhibits anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant activity4,9,10.

Olea Africana
Also known as the wild olive, this specie is widespread in a variety of habitats, from forest and riverside bush to open grassveld, stony flats, mountain kloofs and rocky ledges throughout Southern Africa and northwards. The bark of O. Africana has traditionally been used against fever and inflammatory states such as rheumatism19,20.

Sutherlandia frutescens
The plant, also known as ‘Cancer Bush’, is widespread in drier areas of the South Western and Northern Cape Provinces; often as a weed of disturbed places e.g. road verges. This species exhibits antibacterial properties and current research results into immunomodulatory (modification of the immune system response in the body) activity appear promising.

Instructions for use:

Apply to skin twice daily (morning and evening).

For external use only.

Do not apply to broken skin.



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17. Parra-Delgado, H., Garcia Ruiz, G., Camacho, A. N., & Vazquez-Martinez, M. (2004) Anti
inflammatory activity of some extracts and isolates from Leonotis nepetifolia on TPA-induced
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