It’s refreshing, lemony taste adds zing and brings with it a sense of vitality, like heady spring days on the African continent. Used traditionally to treat coughs and colds, Lemon Bush helps boost your immune system and fight infections. Lemon Bush blends well with Cape Wild Mint. Enjoy with a squeeze of lemon juice for an extra dash of zing.
The highly aromatic nature of Lemon Bush has made it popular for medicinal as well as for insect repelling purposes. A weak tea is used as a cough and cold remedy, to bring down fevers and to treat malaria. A stronger decoction is used to treat skin problems, scabies and scalp infections. Some people inhale the smoke for asthma and chronic cough. Preparations are also used to soothe sore muscles.
Lemon Bush (Lippia javanica) is a hardy plant that can grow under difficult circumstances requiring little maintenance. It is known to colonize disturbed areas, making it a pioneer plant. It can grow in sunny areas but also in light shade and is easily cultivated from seeds or cuttings. It is highly aromatic making it popular for medicinal as well as for insect repelling purposes in cupboards, pot-pourri and even candles.
Our Lemon Bush is cultivated and harvested by small-holder farmers in rural Zimbabwe which allows them to earn a living and support their families.
The essential oil and the dried plant is used in insect repellant products and the dried plant can be used as a spice/additive for culinary applications.