Blackjack (mutsine/umhlabqngubo/ucucuza) is one of the most commonly found herb that is quite underrated. Blackjack is an anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic and anti-cancer herb. Helps with brain function and preventing memory loss related to age.Fights off bacterial and fungal infections and prevents many digestive disorders like acid reflux (nyongo) and bloating.Prevents ulcers.Reduces belly fats.Prevents gout attack by increasing the efficiency of the kidneys to excrete uric acid from the blood.Helps with all types of headaches, toothaches, jaundice, sore throat, fevers, flu, colds, and diarrhoea.Blackjack treats or prevents so many other diseases not listed above. 100g
How to eat blackjack
You can cook blackjack leaves as a vegetable the same way you cook rape/covo/spinach and serve with your sadza/isitshwala.
To drink as a herbal tea, you take a handful of fresh leaves, wash them, boil in water for about 10minutes, sieve and drink the soup.
You can also dry the leaves in a shade, then either boil them or add in boiled water and add your preferred amount of sugar and drink as would do with your tea.
Disclaimer: Information given in this article should not be used for self-medication purposes. Always consult a physician or herbalist before using any medicinal plant remedies for given conditions. Proper identification of a given plant before use is very vital! Consult a botanist.