Fynbos has been used by the indigenous people of South Africa for Millenia as a source of food, shelter, warmth and, of course, its medicinal properties are far ranging and potent. Here are 5 fynbos from the Cape Floral Kingdom that everybody should know about.
Wild Garlic Soothes Aches And Pains
Tulbaghia violacea. Similar to normal garlic, but stronger in smell, wild garlic’s bulb infused in water is excellent for colds, fevers, stomach aches, muscle pain and more. The bulb, with a unique garlic taste, can also be used in meat dishes and the flower offers a mild, but lovely addition to salads.
Buchu Is Great For Hangovers
Agathosma species. Although challenging to grow, Buchu attracts bees and butterflies to the garden, and is a natural insect repellent if rubbed on your skin or bedding. To deal with hangovers simply add a handful of the leaves to boiling water and drink as a tea.
Tortoise Bush Attracts
Muraltia spinosa. This coastal plants’ twigs and leaves are infused in water and used for general pains. The berry is also sometimes eaten, especially by tortoises who love hanging around these bushes during berry season.
You Can Eat The Sour Fig Raw
Carpobrotus accinaciformis and C. muirrii. The dried fruit often sold on the side of the road is great for sprawling quickly over undesirable banks and areas of the garden you want to cover. But you might not know that you can eat the fruit raw and that drinking the leaf juice will help with indigestion, toothache, and earache and other common ailments. It also helps subdue insect bites and bluebottle stings.
Not All Honeybush Makes Good Tea
Cyclopia species. Honeybush produces an exciting pea-shaped yellow flower in spring that is a feature for any garden. The plant grows quickly, needs pruning, and looks best when planted in groups at least one metre apart. There are 23 types of Honeybush, but only 9 make good tea.