1Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan, Brisbane, Queensland 4111, Australia.
2School of Natural Sciences, Nathan Campus, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan, Brisbane, Queensland 4111, Australia.
Published: October 2018
Type: Medicinal Plant Images
Protea is a genus of flowering plants from South Africa that are commonly referred to as sugarbushes (or suikerbos in Afrikaans). Protea repens is perhaps best known for its medicinal properties, although other species are also used in similar ways. The flower nectar is boiled to produce a syrup (commonly known as bossiestroop). This syrup is used to treat chest disorders, and as a component of cough mixtures.1 It also has been used traditionally to treat diabetes.2 The bark of some Protea spp. is also used to treat diarrhoea and stomach ulcers. Read more…