Commonly called Bulbinella, which is incorrect as Bulbinella is a completely different species, Bulbine is effective in preventing skin infection, healing and soothing cuts, rashes, insect bites, burns, cold sores, pimples and other skin problems. Its clear and soothing gel forms an invisible ‘seal’ over the wound, protecting against bacteria and providing ongoing relief and healing throughout the day. When you work in the garden, cuts and scrapes are inevitable and picking some of this Bulbine in my garden and applying it straight away has saved my bacon many a time!
It is a very attractive succulent indigenous to South Africa which needs little attention, and thrives in most soil types and in most weather conditions. The juice from the leaves is used in creams, and can also be applied to eczema, burns, rashes, fever blisters and stings etc. I often use it on cuts and scrapes I might pick up while working in the garden.
This native of South Africa occurs naturally in the Orange Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and parts of all the Cape Provinces.
Afrikaans: balsemkopieva, copaiba, geelkatstert, katstert