Bulbine natalensis

Also named ‘Red Carrot” after its roots which serve as one of the main ingredients in medicins prescribed by traditional healers in Southern Africa. Some years ago a previous minister of health of South Africa launched this plant as THE cure for HIV-AIDS during a conference in Canada and we all had a good laugh. However the pharmaceutical industry is experimenting with this plant for blood purifying purposes. Rasta people in South Africa daily drink tea of dried and granulated roots…

We keep it in our garden for decorative purposes as you can see.

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Bulbine natalensis ….

…. or “Red Carrot” from South Africa. Traditional healers use the rootstock of this plant as one of the three main ingredients in their recipes. It seems to purify the blood.

Rastas in South Africa grain the root, let it dry and make tea of it.

 

A previous minister of health advertised this plant as the natural medicine against HIV-AIDS during a conference in Canada some years ago and we all had a good laugh.

Nowadays the pharmaceutical industry in Europe and America are experimenting with this plant.

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Bulbine natalensis

The reddish rootstock of the Bulbine natalensis (syn. Bulbine latiafolia) is ¬†known as one of the three main ingredients for natural medicins of the traditional healers in South Africa. A previous minister of health advertised it even as a medicin against HIV-AIDS at an international convention in Canada and we all had a big laugh about it. But now it seems that the pharmaceutical industry is looking into the healing properties of the plant as they do with other plants known and used for many generations by traditional healers. Rastas in Southern Africa grain the rootstock and use it in their tea for ‘blood cleansing’ as they call it. Anyway; the plant has beautiful small flowers…

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