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Iboza, the Wonder Plant

The team at the Woza eNanda Walking Trail are busy doing a clean-up of the area, with a focus on clearing alien plants. To this end their resident horticulturalist, Lindelani Zuke, has written a blog post on some of the indigenous plants found in Inanda, asking for feedback from the community regarding what the different plants are used for. I recognised one of the plants from my own garden, and after doing a bit of research I’ll definitely appreciate the rather wild iboza bush a bit more! It’s a seriously fast growing plant, and can take over your garden quite quickly, so has to be managed, but it has the most wonderful scent (which is where it derives its Zulu name from), and has medicinal properties that make it a great addition to your medicine chest. Iboza or Tetradenia riparia can grown nearly a metre in a year and is perfectly suited to Durban’s climate, preferring rain in summer and dry soil in winter. In addition to producing a great misty white flower, the leaves from the bush can be used for a variety of ailments including a sore chest, stomach ache and malaria symptoms. Inhaling the scent of the crushed leaves is also said to relieve headaches.


And if you don’t want to take our word for it, read the testimonials below – iboza really does sound a bit like a wonder plant!

“I just drank half a glass of concentrated iboza after a full glass of it diluted. I had a very bad cough and severely sore throat. My ears were on fire and my throat too, but now it feels like I was never sick. It’s the only natural remedy I know which combats sores and infections inside the body almost immediately, trust me, you’ll never go wrong with it. I use it on my four-year-old son too.”

“My mom used to use the iboza leaves to cure a cold or to alleviate flu-like symptoms or mild fever by boiling the leaves in water and straining. She would drink the hot water like tea!”

source: The Ulwazi Blog

17 replies on “Iboza, the Wonder Plant”

Those looking for Iboza can get it from me and I am at Cato Ridge, my contact details are Lucky Mchunu, 982 4997 927 / 081 3456 607

no need to grow it from seeds. get cuttings and stick them into the ground. it will grow

Agree with Arnold that’s how it’s palnted – cuttings,…. best time will be Spring outdoors. Well respected medicinal plant especially if you’re raisng kids. Ohhh!! but you have to be brave to face the bitter taste.

I wonder if it can cure gastritis tempted to try but scared that I might hurt myself may be ill be inflammed

Phindile Madiba, sasichathwa ngayo masiphethwe noma yini when we were kids, especially isisu.
NgineIBS, ngilifuna kabi iboza ngoba ngikhumbule how we had it growing in the yard and I never went to a Dr till I was 21, except for tooth extraction.

I also use it to perfume my bath water.
I boil the leaves and the water turns green and I bath with it.
The body feels rejuvenated

Those looking for iboza or other indigenous plants contact 0710776763

Can someone please tell me how to make tea with it? I have some growing in my garden. How many leaves do I need and how long should I steep it for? Also – can I dry the leaves to use in the wintertime? Thanks!

Wow i am blown away at the efficacy of this herb. I have a plant and am going to use it

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