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Traditional Remedy

For Tick Bite Fever, including Rickettsia

 
             
   

Helichryssum Petiolare - common name "Kooigoed" in the Western Cape and "White Licorice" everywhere else - is a hardy and immensely adaptable shrub that grows wild throughout the coastal strandveld, up into the subtropical forests along the Garden Route.

Both drought and frost resistant, it is pretty enough to be regarded as a versatile landscaping plant throughout much of the world, and resilient enough to be listed as a weed in the rest.

Locally it is known by traditional healers to be a remarkably versatile remedy!

 
  Golda first alerted us to "Kooigoed" on a weekend away, where it was growing wild all the way along the beach. She was like a cat in catnip - escaping as often as possible to suck, chew and roll in this aromatic plant.  
       
  Once we had identified the name and purpose of this magical "dognip" we dashed off to the vet. Sure enough, a quick blood test confirmed traces of tick bite fever in Golda, but not in any of the other dogs!  
       
  Traditional healers use it for colds, fevers and infections, particularly of the blood. But they warn that it is contra-indicated during pregnancy because it also works to relax the pelvic girdle. The essential oil has been investigated for its anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.  
       
  The common name "Kooigoed" translates as bedding stuff, because that is what locals mostly used it for. Not only does it make for mattresses which are soft and aromatic, but also insect repellant. There are fascinating correlations with catnip, which is also used for relief of many of the same conditions. However, this particular "dognip" seems to hold little interest for dogs which are not infected with tick bite fever!  
             
         
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