Sunday, December 12, 2010


Yesterday at Browns Bay market a stallholder gave me a bag of kumarahou leaves. According to my book on Maori herbal remedies, tea made from leaves of this native plant were drunk for turberculosis, asthma, & broncitis, as a blood purifier, & for their beneficial effects on the kidneys, as well as a remedy for colds & coughs, & as a tonic wash for the skin.
Kumarahou is also known as Gumdigger's Soap because the yellow flowers make a soapy lather when crushed in the hand.

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