Rātā The bark of the rātā tree was soaked in water, which was then applied as a lotion. A poultice of bark was put on sores, wounds and abscesses. The inner bark was steeped in water and drunk for diarrhoea and dysentery. Rātā nectar, collected by tapping the flowers against the inside of a calabash, was taken to cure a sore throat.
Rimu The inner bark of the rimu tree was beaten into pulp and put on burnt skin. The pulped bark was combined with water and hot stones in a calabash, and dabbed on ulcers or running sores. The bark of the young tree was used to stop wounds bleeding. (NZ)
Mānuka Ashes of mānuka were rubbed on the scalp to cure dandruff. Mānuka branches were used to splint broken limbs. Leaves were put in a calabash with water and hot stones, and the liquid was drunk to ease a fever. The bark was boiled in water, which was drunk to cure dysentery and diarrhoea.
Tanekaha.This rongoa is a fantastic healant for fungal infections. It is also very good for the liver and treats all manner of liver dysfunction. It is a great haemostatic and allays internal bleeding – internal hemorrhage. Large doses have also been used as an abortificant. The bark of the tanekaha was used to reduce the incidence of painful, heavy periods.
Puriri, Vitex lucens This rongoa is related to the chaste tree and therefore has hormone balancing properties. It is also good for treating ulcers and the boiled leaves have been traditionally used to treat strains and backache. It has also been used internally to treat sore throats.
A favorite vegetable called "Kopakopa" used primarily as a first aid remedy. Like most plants and shrubs, Maori always found a way to fully utilize the products of nature for food, health, healing and protection. Our task today is to remember which ones did what, why and how.
Akeake, Dodonea viscosa Meaning ‘forever and ever’ indicating the strength of the wood, which is very resistant and historically used to make clubs and spears. Rongoa made from the leaves and bark is good for indigestion, gout and rheumatism. It is also used on wounds as a healant, reducing swelling and good for burns and scalds.