Article edited from Hope Pearce is a New Zealand based Registered Naturopath who founded and was the principal Naturopath at Purely Health, a busy natural health clinic based in central Auckland for 5 years. Hope has worked in the natural health industry for 11 years. She has with many clients who had digestive disorders, hormone & auto immune disorders, food intolerances and food allergies. Hope created Love Food Nourish so she could share her love of cooking and nutrition and to provide inspiration for people looking for gluten free and allergy friendly recipes.
So whats all the fuss about NZ native herbs? well Kawakawa is a versatile herb and one of the most important in Māori traditional medicine. It is still used to treat cuts, wounds, stomach and rheumatic pain, skin disorders, toothache and most recently after getting "inked".
The plant is popular with many non-Māori too. "A basinful of these leaves steeped with boiling water mixture, applied to the bruise, has great curative powers."
Kawakawa's antimicrobial and analgesic properties make it useful for treating skin infections, and reducing inflammation of psoriasis, eczema and rashes. It is also antidyspectic (counters dyspepsia or indigestion) and antispasmotic (eases muscle spasms or cramps), so it makes an excellent digestion tonic.