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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Bulbine frutescens

Bulbinella in my garden, Tarlton, South Africa
Camera : Kodak EasyShare C195
Back-ground texture by Kim Klassen


(I use the Latin name Bulbine frutescens to avoid confusion as the common names Bulbinella and Bulbine seem to lead to arguments in herb circles. The plant I mean has long thinnish succulent leaves, and spike-like clusters of small yellow or orange star-shaped flowers.)

This wonderful indigenous plant is, like Lavender, an outstanding remedy for minor burns, cuts and abrasions, and insect bites. Simply break off a leaf and squeeze the juice or jelly onto affected areas.

The ease of application makes this an excellent herb to plant with your culinary herbs just outside the kitchen door - not to cook with, but to use for kitchen mishaps like burns and cuts.

The juice of Bulbine frutescens also helps to stop bleeding. Use also for rough and cracked skin and lips, ringworm, and cold sores. Scabies also seems relieved by regular application, but remember that Scabies is caused by a small bug, so any treatment of scabies must be holistic and include thorough laundering and ironing of bedding and clothes (to get rid of family and friends).



  1. Interesting, always, Maree. I've used aloe for minor scrapes and burns especially, but I did not know lavender does the same.
    I just visited your post about Bush Babies. I'd read the name, but knew very little about them. Thank you

    1. Yea, the Aloe is great for all sorts Kathryn, and the Lavender really is wonderful for insect bites. glad you could pop in to read about the Bush Babies, I was lucky to have Pippin and learn from him, they really are very secretive little creatures!



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