Kawakawa (Macropiper excelsum) is known as the “Pharmacy of the Forest”. The small bush, with distinctive heart shaped leaves, is a significant and sacred plant to Maori. It has been used traditionally to treat cuts, wounds, stomach and rheumatic pain, skin disorders, toothache, bruises & abrasions.
We use a natural,
traditional method that extracts all the healing goodness of Kawakawa
leaves without compromising its soothing and anti-inflammatory
Among its many healing properties, it is reputed to help with:
antimicrobial and analgesic properties make it useful for treating
infections, and it is really helpful in reducing inflammation of various
skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and rashes.
This tincture would be perfect in a healing balm mix!
Sustainable Kawakawa Harvesting
We only ever harvest Kawakawa from healthy plants, on the sunny side of the bush after the dew has dried on the plant and before the heat of the day. We say a Karakia (prayer) on entering the grove and give thanks after harvesting, following Māori Rongoā techniques.
We harvest the leaves with the holes in them, as the little caterpillar that enjoys eating Kawakawa knows which leaves are the strongest, although science might now tell us that when the leaves are being eaten that they release more medicine into the leaf in an attempt to discourage the caterpillars.
And we only harvest "grandparent" leaves, the ones with the flare at their base and with "parent" and "child" leaves above them, so the bush can keep growing. If the parent or child leaves are picked, that stem cannot continue growing!
Tinctures are a liquid extract made by steeping fresh organic herbs in alcohol. Tinctures are the most concentrated form of herbal medicine and if taking internally (consult a herbalist) are best taken under the tongue where they directly enter the blood stream. They are very strong and may be taken diluted in water, juice or tea.
Dilute in water to the ratio of 2.5 ml of tincture to 1/2 cup of water.
Ingredients: organically grown, sustainably harvested, Kawakawa leaves, Kerikeri-made pure alcohol.