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dc.contributor.authorOtang-Mbeng, Wilfred.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe uses of plant species have a long history and become important sources of welfare and healthcare in South Africa. These plant species and their associated indigenous knowledge may be lost due to rapid change in socio-economic and environmental conditions. The aim of the study was to document the plant species used as natural-based cosmetics and cosmeceuticals by the Vhavenda women in Vhembe district municipality, Limpopo province, South Africa. Ethnobotanical information such as the local names of plants, method of preparation and administration were collected among 79 Vhavenda women who were knowledgeable in phytocosmestics using semi-structured questionnaires. Thereafter, quantitative ethnobotanical indices, including frequency of citation (FC) and cultural importance index (CI), were calculated. A total of 49 plant species from 31 families were identified as natural-based cosmetics and cosmeceuticals by the Vhavenda women in Vhembe district. Dicerocaryum zanguebaricum (Museto) and Ricinus communis (Mupfure) were the most commonly cited plants. In terms of families, Leguminosae had the highest (4) number of plants while Meliaceae and Rhamnaceae had three (3) plants. Leaves and bark were the most frequent used plant parts. Furthermore, maceration and poultice were the most common preparation methods that were used to prepare these plants. The majority (75%) of plant preparations were applied topically. The current findings reveal the richness of indigenous knowledge on plant-based cosmetics and cosmeceuticals among the Vhavenda women. If properly explored, potential low-cost product(s) can be developed which can strengthen the socio-economic well-being of the Vhavenda women in South Africa. However, there will be a need to conduct laboratory-based experiments to establish the efficacy and safety of these documented plants using relevant biological assays.en_US
dc.relationGrant UID: 105161en_US
dc.relationGrant UID: 109508en_US
dc.relation.ispartofSouth African journal of botanyen_US
dc.subjectEthnobotanical survey.en_US
dc.subjectIndigenous knowledge.en_US
dc.subjectMedicinal plants.en_US
dc.subjectSkin diseases.en_US
dc.subjectVhavenda women.en_US
dc.titlePlant species used for cosmetic and cosmeceutical purposes by the Vhavenda women in Vhembe District municipality, Limpopo, South Africa.en_US
dc.typejournal articleen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationSchool of Biology and Environmental Sciencesen_US
dc.relation.grantnoNational Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology, Pretoria,South Africa.en_US
dc.relation.grantnoAOA received funding from the Faculty Research Committee, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (FNAS), North West University (Mmabatho) and National Research Foundation (NRF Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers, Pretoria, South Africaen_US
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