Bulbinella in my garden, Tarlton, South Africa Camera : Kodak EasyShare C195 Back-ground texture by Kim Klassen
Commonly called Bulbinella, bulbine is effective in preventing skin infection, healing and soothing cuts, rashes, insect bites, burns, cold sores, pimples and other skin problems. Its clear and soothing gel forms an invisible ‘seal’ over the wound, protecting against bacteria and providing ongoing relief and healing throughout the day.
It is a very attractive plant indigenous to South Africa which needs little attention, and thrives in most soil types and in most weather conditions. The juice from the leaves is used in creams, and can also be applied to Eczema, Burns, Rashes, and stings etc.
Growth Characteristics: Occurs naturally in the Free state, KwaZulu-Natal, and in parts of all the Cape Provinces Perennial, Evergreen, Frost tolerant, A rosette of fleshy, yellowish-green leaves, Yelow or orange flowers borne on elongated clusters of long, thin flowering stems Height: ±40m; Spread: ±30cm, Very popular rockery plant. It is drought, heat and frost tolerant
Cultivation: Full sun; Well drained, composted soil
Harvesting: Pick fresh leaves throughout the year
Cosmetic Use in shampoo as a moisturiser
Medicinal use Bulbinella leaf sap may be beneficial in the following cases:
General Bulbinella is ideal to grow if you have children as it is a first aid remedy for knocks and scrapes
Skin Crash the leaf softly between your fingers and squeeze the clear leaf sap out Place directly on the skin for Wounds, Burns, Rashes, Itches, Ringworm, Cracked lips, Herpes, Cuts, Boils, Eczema, Insect bites, Cold sores, Acne
Preparation and dosage: Crush the leaf softly between your fingers and squeeze the clear leaf sap out, Apply topically as often as needed This information from Healthy Living Herbs
I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country. “There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”