Horopito aka Pseudowintera colorata is an evergreen shrub or small tree with red-blotched yellowy-green leaves. It makes a fine specimen on its own or as a low-growing hedge, but the leaves are useful too, both for culinary and medicinal purposes.
Known as bush pepper, the leaves have a hot spicy flavour, used in place ofchili. Dried leaves make a great spice or rub for meats, or the flakes can be added to vegetable oils, marinades and sauces.
Māori still use the leaves to treat skin diseases and disorders, and modern science has indeed confirmed the plant is effective against ringworm andCandida albicans.
Polygodial, the bioactive compound that gives the plant its spicy taste, also has antifungal properties (the greater the red margin of the leaf, the greater the polygodial concentration). The plant is also a powerful astringent (contracts body tissues and reduces bleeding) and antiseptic for wounds, cuts and bruises.
For home use: * Infuse horopito leaves in olive oil (simmer fresh leaves on low heat with olive oil for four hours) as a rub for fungal conditions. * Make a horopito tincture (steep in vodka for 4-6 weeks) and add it to a base cream with mānuka essential oil. * To make up a 100g cream, use 70g of base cream (available from an online natural source supplier), and add 26ml horopito tincture and 4ml mānuka essential oil.
Horopito will grow in both sun or semi-shade, but the best foliage colour occurs in the open. Plants are frost tender in the first year, so keep sheltered when young. They can be propagated by semi-hardwood cuttings or seed. Soil should be free-draining but reasonably moist and rich in organic matter.
KUMARAHOU (Pomaderris kumarahou Commonly known as poverty weed or gum-diggers soap, it was used by the gum-diggers in Northland, New Zealand in early colonial times.
The flower head was crushed and mixed with a little water to produce a soapy lather.
Kumarahou is another traditional Rongoa (medicine) of Maori that is still widely used today.
Kumarahou is of undoubted value for lung conditions, particularly bronchitis. Also taken internally for colds and asthma.
Was used in earlier times by Maori healers, for treating tuberculosis. It is a blood purifier, tonic and liver cleanser. For external use the leaves were boiled and the liquid obtained used as a strong, soothing and healing agent for sores, wounds, rashes and skin irritations.
The leaves can also be used fresh on the skin. Externally, Maori healers made an ointment from the leaves and applied to skin cancers. Leaves were steeped in hot baths for arthritis and rheumatism.
Kumarahou - the gentle, time proven NZ native plant remedy for you & for your pets! Kumarahou remedy is a blood purifier that helps detox your body and supports elimination of waste product to improve overall health & well being. This happens via the lungs, liver, kidneys, skin, lymphatic and the urinary system which is why kumarahou is so valued as a herbal remedy.
Can be used fresh or dried. Kumarahou was used by Maori and early settlers and is a particularly helpful Rongoa for young children and the elderly because it is such a gentle remedy, especially when supporting improved lung health and bronchial system function.
Another recommended use for Kumarahou is to aid better liver function. Kumarahou contains valuable flavonols - Quercetin & Kampferol (antioxidants) plus ellagic acid. Ellagic acid is a natural phenol antioxidant found in numerous fruit and vegetables. Bioflavonoids are found to be health promoting, have a role in preventative health and many proven therapeutic benefits with quercetin's main role being used for seasonal congestion and to help reduce inflammation.
You can have also added quercetin and Magnesium to assist with antihistamine and anti-inflammatory action of quercetin for sneezing & seasonal congestive issues.
According to Brookie, Cambie & Cooper, (1981) "NZ Medicinal Plants" (an authoritative textbook with over 400 references which can be consulted for further study) Kumarahou was valued traditionally as a blood purifier & common remedy for bronchial, lung and kidney complaints. The leaves were boiled and the liquid taken internally and used for bathing.
Kumarahou oil is made from the leaves and flowers of Kumarahou in the concentrated form of a herbal extract. Kumerahou is from the buckthorn family.
"Pregnant women" should avoid herbals unless specifically prescribed by a Herbalist, Homeobotanical Therapist or Natural Medicine Practitioner.
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