What is Zumbani? – [The ULTIMATE Guide]

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What is Zumbani is a hot topic lately following its sudden interest everywhere. Zumbani is traditionally known as the fever tea or lemon bush tea. The name Zumbani has roots in Shona. Scientifically the plant is known as Lippia Javanica.

What is Zumbani in Zulu? In isiNdebele and Zulu, the name for Zumbani is called Umsuzwane.

The plant has a very fragrant, lemon kind of a smell making it insanely aromatic. It is known as a general tonic pick me up plant in the Southern Africa. It is a shrub that grows between a meter and two meters high. It is common in East, Central and Southern Africa. Popular for its medicinal properties.

Benefits of Zumbani

Right now Zumbani has gotten much buzz because of corona virus COVID-19. Some communities in Zimbabwe are using it for steaming and drinking it as tea. Some swear that it has made them better. Due to affordability instead of over the counter vitamins supplements, they are taking it to help ease symptoms and to prevent any serious complications of the COVID-19. 

Some of the well documented benefits of Zumbani include but not limited to the following

  1. It is by far the richest in anti-oxidant properties with the ability to prevent the on-set of degenerative diseases such as cancer, stroke and diabetes. Traditionally used as a remedy for high temperatures, as an analgesic hence the fever tea. It is effective against fever, especially in the case of malaria, influenza and measles and as well as being prophylactic against lung infections hence its name fever tea. If you have a chest complaint burning the leaves and inhaling the smoke traditionally will help to clear your chest. The tea prepared from aerial plant parts are used to treat coughs, colds and bronchial problems.
  1. It is also known to treat insect bites, ringworms, all kinds of insect related infestations of the skin or parasitic infections of the skin and lesions, scabies. The leaves are dried and powdered, then mixed into some kind of carrying agent, sort of base cream, what some would refer to as animal fat and then rubbed on to the skin. Sounds simple but it is very effective way, mode of applying a medicinal plant topically.
  1. The insect repellent qualities of the plant. You can put around the house to deter insects especially mosquitoes and any other insects that have potential to bother you in your house. You can rub it around the skin to repel insects. 
  1. Tea infusions of the leaves of Lippia Javanica have been used against common symptoms of HIV and AIDS as well as for the treatment of lung infections, dysentery, diarrhoea and many others.

Properties of Zumbani

Zumbani is a caffeine-free and contains vital minerals such as copper, zinc and iron. It also contains flavonoids and phenolic compounds which are water-soluble. These compounds possess antioxidant qualities, which are significantly higher than in rooibos tea.

Zumbani boasts of terpenes that are known to have cough medicine properties. Terpenes are used by the plant as a defence against disease and against pests. An absolutely amazing plant with significant properties to help the body fight against sicknesses. The terpene contains a compound called Myrcene which is documented to treat pain and inflammation.

The other compound is Linalool. It is the compound that gives Lavender its distinctive odour. Lavender has been traditionally used to help you with sleep, placing it under your pillow at night and it is because of Linalool in it. Linalool is a powerful anti-inflammatory, also used in the prevention of fleas and ticks. The Linalool also has antifungal and antimicrobial properties.

The third remarkable compound is Caryophyllene. This one gives the black pepper its very distinctive spiciness. Caryophyllene is very useful in a range of medicinal applications because of its ability to bind directly to CB2 receptors. It is used in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and diabetes, apparently had known and documented tumour suppressing properties. 

How should I take Zumbani?

Zumbani tea is recommended to be drunk in its natural state as it is unnecessary to add anything. Best thing about the Zumbani is that it comes in its natural form. Best results are attained even without being processed.

Steaming is the new favourite method of taking Zumbani with a blanket over the head while the Zumbani in boiled water steams its aroma in a confined space. This most believe is giving their lungs a better fighting chance against COVID-19.

It is empowering and an enriching way of life when you take something in its natural from and you know its source. Not overly processed or modified. Liberating way when a human has full knowledge of what they are ingesting and they have access to it. Nature has incredible answers for its inhabitants sometimes.

Disclaimer: Information in this article was found on the internet. We tried to gather information on Zumbani in one place. Obviously, this is not all. More research is being done and therefore we will continue to update this article and include more references. 

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