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Imphepho (Eriocephalus africanus) is a traditional African medicinal herb, also known as African wormwood, impila, and umhlonyane. It is native to South Africa and is traditionally used as a wound dressing. The herb has also been used to treat colds, flu and infections. Imphepho has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It is also a powerful immune booster, and pain reliever.

Imphepho can be taken as a tea or tincture. To make a tea, steep 1 teaspoon of dried imphepho in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes.

To make a tincture, combine 1 part imphepho with 5 parts alcohol, and let sit for 2 weeks.

Imphepho can also be incorporated into soaps and candles, and is often used as an incense. Breathing in the herb can have a sedative effect.

Imphepho is also used as a part of one’s spiritual practice.

The healing power of imphepho makes it a valuable addition to your natural medicine cabinet.

As with any herbs you may be using, make sure you tell your healthcare provider what you’re taking, how much you’re taking and how you’re utilizing it.



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