Dried Manuka leaf- Manuka is also very medicinal, aides lowering a temperature, I have been usung as a hot cuppa tea just one teaspoon in teapot and hot water, aides hot flushes , esp at night, love it, Thanks Rhayne, very affordable and great health prosperity. Known uses : Anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anxiolytic, astringent, diuretic, alterative, febrifuge, spasmolytic, antiallergenic, antifungal.Internal: Kidney and urinary problems, fevers, diarrhoea, digestive problems, colic, worms, blood purifier, halitosis, chest congestion, asthma, bronchitis, sinus problems, haemorrhoids and anal fissures, as a mouth wash or gargle for gingivitis and to promote oral hygiene.also help clear infection by boosting the immune system. It is a wonderful medium in which to add such herbs as Echinacea making them more palatable for children. As a base for cough syrups it not only soothes the respiratory tract but helps prevent and relieve secondary bacterial infection.Scientific research on Manuka has shown it to be active against a wide range of mico-organisms that cause irritation and infect of the skin and body.The Maori people used the leaves and bark for a wide range of ailments, including urinary problems and as a febrifuge (to reduce fever). The leaves were boiled and the hot vapour inhaled for head colds. Leaves and bark were boiled together and the warm liquid rubbed on stiff backs and rheumatic joints. It was also used as a diuretic, a sedative, a painkiller, for inflammation of the breasts, and for healing fractures. Boiled bark was used to relive constipation., as a gargle, and for bathing sore eyes. The emollient gum was given to sucking babies, and was applied to scalds and burns.
Fresh sap was taken as a purifier, seed capsules were boiled and the fluid used externally for bruises and inflammation, and internally for diarrhoea, and dysentery. Raw seed capsules were chewed on for colic, and when powdered, used in a poultice o dry an heal open wounds or running sores. Aotearoa Maori Rongoa Whanui