Artemisia Afra (named after the Greek Goddess of wild animals, the hunt, vegetation and of chastity and childbirth; Artemis) is a soft aromatic shrub and is one of the most popular medicinal plants in Africa.
The list of uses covers a wide range of ailments from coughs, colds, fever, loss of appetite, colic, headache, earache, intestinal worms to malaria.
Margaret Roberts lists many other interesting uses of the plant in her book – ‘Indigenous Healing Plants’ which includes the use of Artemisia Afra in natural insecticidal sprays and as a moth repellent. She also mentions that with its painkilling and relaxing properties it could be of real value to today’s stressful society.
As a preventative treatment, 5 drops of the tincture can be placed under the tongue and as treatment of flu-like symptoms, 10 drops can be placed under the tongue.