A mother saved all the things she found in her son's pockets when doing the laundry. She gave him this lamp with all things found as a wedding gift ~ such an AWESOME idea! (my son would need a much bigger lamp!
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.
Patete, Parts used: Bark, Sap and Leaves for treating skin diseases. Was used to treat scrofulous sores and ringworm. A useful fungicide against athletes foot , a tonic used just before childbirth to allow a safe delivery and the large soft leaves were used to wrap the newborn baby in. When taking leaves, flowers, roots or bark from any plant in the ngahere there are particular ways and times to gather without damage to the plant and optimizing the active elements within the gathered…
Tanekaha.This rongoa is a fantastic healant for fungal infections. It is also very good for the liver and treats all manner of liver dysfunction. It is a great haemostatic and allays internal bleeding – internal hemorrhage. Large doses have also been used as an abortificant. The bark of the tanekaha was used to reduce the incidence of painful, heavy periods.
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,
Mapou, or Red Matipo (Myrsine australis) A hardy tree, resistant to wind. Easily grown from seed. Wavy edged leaves, small red blotches, red stems. Maori medicinal plant, leaves boiled to ease toothache. Inconspicuous flowers, small black fruit on female trees in summer. Attracts birds.