The honi is a Polynesian greeting in which two people greet each other by pressing noses and inhaling at the same time. This is a very honorific as this represents the exchange of ha--the breath of life, and mana--spiritual power between two people.
Rātā The bark of the rātā tree was soaked in water, which was then applied as a lotion. A poultice of bark was put on sores, wounds and abscesses. The inner bark was steeped in water and drunk for diarrhoea and dysentery. Rātā nectar, collected by tapping the flowers against the inside of a calabash, was taken to cure a sore throat.
Kōwhai The bark of the kōwhai tree was heated in a calabash with hot stones, and made into a poultice for wounds or to rub on a sore back. A person bitten in the face by a seal had wai kōwhai (kōwhai juice) applied to their wounds, and was well within days.
Linda uses a wide range of Maori medicinal plants for her Te Wai-Ora range of Rongoa Medicine Products and Services. There are many other medicinal Maori plants including Ake Ake, Kawakawa, Horopito, Kumarahou,
Holistic healing with New Zealand native flower, fern, tree, seed and plant essences. This definitive ethnobotanical reference book restores the ancient teachings that are the basis of the sacred plant medicine of Aotearoa.