Record Details

Non-agricultural soil uses by communities in uMgungundlovu District and their safety for use


Field Value
Title Non-agricultural soil uses by communities in uMgungundlovu District and their safety for use
Creator Zengeni, Rebecca Hlatshwayo, Noxolo
Subject Soil Science Indigenous soil use; geophagia; cosmetics; safety for use; non-agricultural
Description South African communities, especially in rural areas, still use indigenous practices such as applying soil paste as sunscreen, building huts with soil and stones and geophagia among others. This study aimed at identifying non-agricultural uses of soil in uMgungundlovu district of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, while focusing on the three areas Elandskop, KwaNxamalala and Willowfontein. Information was gathered using key informant interviews and household questionnaires. Results showed that the most common soil uses were for cosmetics and as geophagia, followed by construction, with medicinal use being the least common. Cosmetic use involved using soil as sunscreen or skin cleaner. While geophagic soil was mostly consumed for enjoyment, to satisfy cravings and least of all as a nutrient supplement. Medicinal soil was mostly used to treat wounds and skin ailments such as rashes and acne. Users believed that their pre-treatment methods such as boiling, burning or baking before use were effective in reducing microbial loads and other contaminants in the soil.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Contributor National Research Foundation
Date 2023-12-29
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Survey
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ink.v15i1.70
Source Inkanyiso; Vol 15, No 1 (2023); 7 pages 2077-8317 2077-2815
Language eng
The following web links (URLs) may trigger a file download or direct you to an alternative webpage to gain access to a publication file format of the published article:
Coverage KwaZulu-Natal Province Indigenous soil use > 18 years; male and female; Zulu
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Rebecca Zengeni, Noxolo Hlatshwayo