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Khakibos – Wonder Plant – Wonder Flea Repellant

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Known in Africa as ‘Khaki bush’, it is now also grown in France and North America and is a weed with deeply divided deep-green feathery leaves and numerous yellowish-orange carnation-like flowers. The leaves and flowers are a good insect repellent and were often seen hanging from traditional huts to deter swarms of flies and mosquitoes. In a 5% dilution, khakibos/ tagetes oil has been used to kill maggots in open wounds, while the roots and seeds have been found to help rid the body of poisons. After the Boer war in South Africa, Australian troops brought plants to their native land where it grew profusely.

Internationally, it is an ingredient of many anti-fungal foot treatment preparations and is also used in some perfumes. The therapeutic properties of Khakibos oil are anti-infectious, anti-microbial, antibiotic, anti-spasmodic, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, insecticide and sedative.


Khakibos oil  is valuable in keeping insects at bay, and can help with parasitic and fungal infestation. It also treats the respiratory system : chest infections, coughs and catarrh, dilating the bronchi, facilitating the flow of mucus and dislodging congestion. Topically it can also be used in cases of skin infections. It has a healing effect on wounds, cuts, calluses, warts and bunions and other infections of the skin.

Vondi’s Natural Pet Remedies combine the uses as an insect repellent, with its soothing and healing effect on wounds, cuts, parasitic and fungal infestations.

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