The smoke of Helichrysum...
The smoke of Helichrysum odoratissimum is inhaled as
part of local shamanic ritual or used as a ritual incense
to drive away evil spirits. Imphepho has been used to
treat numerous diseases that are often ascribed to the
working of these aforementioned spirits.
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Helichrysum odoratissimum is a strong aromatic incense It has densely aromatic hairy or woolen leaves and persistent flower heads.
This plant is a strongly aromatic, much-branched perennial herb with small silvery leaves and small yellow flower heads. Imphepho has had many uses throughout history, all of them of great interest. Most often, it is simply burned as ritual incense to invoke the goodwill of ancestors. Since Africans believe that ancestors make contact with them through their dreams, they employ imphepho’s aromatic incense in the dream ceremonies that are crucial to their culture.
On a related note, one of the more interesting historical uses of this plant is by healers in KwaZulu-Natal, who smoke imphepho either on its own, or mixed with a few dashes of shamanic tobacco. The smoke may also be inhaled as an incense rather than directly smoked.
This product is not intended or sold for ingestion by humans or animals. It is sold only for use as an incense or for smoking. WARNING: Smoking anything, including herbal products of any kind, are harmful to the body.