Alepidea Amatymbica (Giant Alepidea, Large Tinsel Flowers)
We have acquired a very rare ethnobotanical from Africa called Alepidea amatymbica. You won't find this ethnobotanical offered for sale very often.
The dry rhizome and roots were traditionally smoked, or powdered and taken as snuff by diviners and healers to assist in divination and communication with the ancestors. Smoking the roots resulted in sedation and vivid dreams. It is believed elderly people would powder the dry rhizome and take it as snuff, or smoke the roots for to help with headaches.
The Xhosa Peoples living in south-east South Africa, are known to have used alepidea for self-fortification and to ward off evil spirits.
Medicinal uses :
Some believe it can be used to promote health for colds and chest complaints, as well as for asthma, influenza and abdominal cramps.
Alepidea amatymbica is also known as Ikhathazo (Zulu), kalmoes (Afr.), Lesoko (Sotho), Iqwili in the Xhosa language and "large tinsel flower": (Eng.);