Saving our arboreal heritage

Nov 14, 2022 | Blog | 0 comments

A collaborative effort has saved the indigenous Warburgia salutaris from extinction because of unsustainable harvesting methods.

Commonly known as the pepper-bark tree or ‘isibhaha’ in isiZulu, this tree is prized for its medicinal anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. The bark, now registered by the South African Health Products Regulatory Body, has been used by traditional healers to cure colds and chest infections for centuries.