A balloon vine is a vigorous highly invasive climber which came from tropical Africa, Asia and America. It climbs by means of tendrils to the top of the canopy, blanketing vegetation at all levels. Light green leaves are compound with three sets of three leaflets which are thin, toothed, and softly hairy. Its produces small flowers from summer to winter and the fruit is light green, thin-walled, papery inflated capsule resembling a ribbed balloon, containing three black seeds. Balloon vines are often dumped on bush land edges, the capsules can be carried by wind and float freely on water, dispersing the plant along waterways, and also regrows from root fragments.
1 The Impact on Bush Land
2 Balloon vine leaves
3 Balloon Vine Dosa
5 IsiZulu Summary
6 Isihlahla samabhamuza omvini
The Impact on Bush Land
It favours gullies, creeklines and the margins of rainforest, grows rapidly into the tops of trees forms a thick curtain of stems, excludes light, harbours pests and diseases, its weight contributes to canopy collapse and ecosystem destruction.
Balloon vine leaves
Balloon vine leaves can heal different diseases such as: gout, rheumatoid, arthritis, skin diseases, cough, nervous disorder, piles, chronic, bronchitis, muscle wasting, amenorrhea, dysentery and diarrhoea.
Balloon Vine Dosa
The dosa is a kind of muthi that help those who have the above diseases. They use the following to make a dosa:
Balloon vine leaves – 1 bunchWheat flour – 1 cupBrown rice flour – 1 cup Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon Asafetida – 2 pinches Rock salt to taste
Mix wheat flour and brown rice flour with water to make a batter. Add rock salt, cumin seeds and asafetida and mix well. Separate the balloon vine leaves, wash and chop it. Sauté it with ghee for a few minutes and mix it with the batter. Spread it on a pan to make dosas. It can be taken along with a suitable sauce.
Isihlahla samabhamuza omvini
Lolu uhlobo lwesihlahla esiyisifiki esiliqhamukisa emazweni anezindawo ezishisa kakhulu e-Afrika, e-Asia kanye naseMelika. Lesisihlahla sikhula ngokuthi sinwantele kwezinye izihlahla ikakhulukazi emahlathini amakhulu. Ukukhula kwaso sigcina sesisabalele nehlathi lonke okugcina sekwenze ihlathi lacinana. Imbewu yalesisihlahla ifika nomoya bese iqathakela emanzini izimpande zawo zihambe lakuhamba khona amanzi bese kuba ukusabalala kwaso.
Lesisihlahla uma sesithela simila izimbali ezimhlophe, lokho okwenzeka ehlobo kuze kube isebusika. Siba namahlamvu aluhlaza kanye namagatsha azacile aneziboya. Sithela izithelo ezingamabhaluni phakathi kuzona kukhona izinhlamvu ezintathu ezimnyama. Amahlamvu alesisihlahla ayasiza ekwenzeni umuthi osiza ezifweni ezinjengokukhwehlela, ubuhlungu emalungwini ikakhulukazi kuqukula nasemadolweni (gout), amathumba ezinqeni (piles), isifo sesikhumba, isifo sohudo kanye nezinye.Uma uhlanganisa izithako lezi ezibhalwe ngasenhla ngendlela efanele uphuma nalo ke ikhambi lokulapha lezizifo.
Indlela yokwenza umuthi wokulapha
Uhlanganisa ufulawa kanye nelayisi elinsundu ukwenza inhlama. Ufake usawoti omahhadla, izinhlamvu ze-cumin kanye ne asafetida bese uyakuhlanganisa kahle. Hlukanisa amaqabunga omvini, uwawashe bese uyawaqoba. Thela usawoti imizuzwana bese uhlanganisa nenhlama. Hlwanyela epanini ukwenza idosa, ungayidla nesosi efanele.
Written by: Zanele Shange