Imphepho – Helichrysum Petiolare


Imphepho – Helichrysum Petiolare

`Like the spirits, the plant does not die. It lives forever. It has a fellowship with the spirits.’ – Berglund.

The smoke is inhaled by traditional healers (sangomas) to induce a “trance” state.

Smoke from burning leaves is relaxing and is also inhaled for pain relief. It is also helpful for insomnia.

Helichrysum, known as imphepho, is burned as a ritual incense with the purpose of invoking the ancestors.

The Sutos smoke the leaf of for head colds chest complaints.

The people from the Bikita district of Zimbabwe drink the ash of a Helichrysum sp. mixed with beer, as a cure for epilepsy.

The Sutos make a steam bath by pouring an infusion on hot stones, which is inhaled for bad dreams and fever.

Suto men drink a decoction of the root of H. platypterum to renew their virility.

Shangaan traditional doctors reportedly use the leaf of the Helichrysum sp. to boost womans libido.

Several Helichrysums are used as teas.

The Khoi use it as a calming tea.

Widely burned and inhaled in the Transkei as a protective cleanser

Other Medicinal Uses : Used for the treatment of coughs, colds, fever, infections, headaches and menstrual pains.

Active Constituents : Helichrysetin, chalcone.

Pharmacological effects : Pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-infective activity have been scientifically proven.

Botanical description : Helichrysum odoratissimum is a perennial herb that has densely aromatic hairy or woolen leaves and persistent flower heads.

Preparation : Plant part used, leaves. For pain relief the smoke is inhaled. For coughs and cold, a weak infusion in tea. Open wounds are treated externaly by applied patches of Helichrysum to prevent infection.

Use and Benefits. Imphepho is rich in oils and flavonoids that likely contribute to its various special properties. The smoke of the herb is used as a sacred incense or smudge used to call the ancestors in and invoke trance states, cleanse energy and as an offering when praying. The smoke is also sedative.

Can you smoke Imphepho?
In order to experience the effects of imphepho a lot of smoke must be breathed in for a long time. Euphoria, ecstasy, uncontrolled giggling and sedation are commonly experienced by people inhaling imphepho smoke.

Ingredients: Helichrysum Petiolare, licorice-plant. Helichrysetin, chalcone.

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