Lengana plant trusted for ages for treating flu symptoms
Vendors line roads to sell 'herbal vaccine'
As rising Covid-19 cases choke Limpopo’s public health system, some local folk are making a quick buck selling African wormwood along the N1 to Polokwane and other major routes in the province.
Known in these parts as lengana (or umhlonyane in Nguni), the wild herb is now a permanent feature on the N1 highway and on routes like R81, from Polokwane to Giyani.
The wild herb, also known by its scientific name Artemisia afra, has been trusted for ages for treating symptoms associated with flu and colds. And given the current Covid-19 scare, the road sellers are coining it.
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