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.

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.

Koromiko    Tender leaves were bruised and applied as a poultice for ulcers and veneral disease.  Wet branches were thrown on a fire with whau and karamū, to make a steam bath treatment for broken bones.

Koromiko Tender leaves were bruised and applied as a poultice for ulcers and veneral disease. Wet branches were thrown on a fire with whau and karamū, to make a steam bath treatment for broken bones.

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.

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.

Kōwhai    The bark of the kōwhai tree was heated in a calabash with hot stones, and made into a poultice for wounds or to rub on a sore back.  A person bitten in the face by a seal had wai kōwhai (kōwhai juice) applied to their wounds, and was well within days.

Kōwhai The bark of the kōwhai tree was heated in a calabash with hot stones, and made into a poultice for wounds or to rub on a sore back. A person bitten in the face by a seal had wai kōwhai (kōwhai juice) applied to their wounds, and was well within days.

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.

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.

Medicinal Native Plants of New Zealand

Maori Rongoa

Kūmarahou is still used as a herbal treatment today.  medicine was made by boiling the leaves in water for drinking, which was said to ease rheumatism and asthma. It is a blood purifier ,  coughs and flu was also used for tuberculosis  .

Kūmarahou is still used as a herbal treatment today. medicine was made by boiling the leaves in water for drinking, which was said to ease rheumatism and asthma. It is a blood purifier , coughs and flu was also used for tuberculosis .

Horopito. Parts used: Leaves.The Horopito plant is most well known for its action against candida. The active constituent of horopito is polygoidal which makes the “hot taste” in peppery spices, producing significant anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It has been shown to inhibit the growth of candida albicans and other yeast-like fungi.  Externally useful for fungal infections, such as candida albicans and ringworm, wounds cuts and burns. Horopito stimulates the circulation of the…

Horopito. Parts used: Leaves.The Horopito plant is most well known for its action against candida. The active constituent of horopito is polygoidal which makes the “hot taste” in peppery spices, producing significant anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It has been shown to inhibit the growth of candida albicans and other yeast-like fungi. Externally useful for fungal infections, such as candida albicans and ringworm, wounds cuts and burns. Horopito stimulates the circulation of the…

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)

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)

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