Kawakawa is thought to be a tonic for overall health with mild cleansing properties, its therapeutic actions supporting many ailments including digestive, circulatory and rheumatic complaints.
It is still widely used today with its distinct refreshing taste and multiple health benefits making it a great choice if you are looking for a new herbal tea to enjoy.
Kawakawa has a fresh and slightly peppery taste. It is a member of the pepper family (Piperaceae), its circulatory stimulant properties can help to warm a cool constitution, support healthy circulation and bring blood flow to the gut helping with digestive disorders.
Kawakawa (Macropiper Excelsum) is native to New Zealand and is commonly found along the shores of New Zealands coast line, its distinctive bright green heart shaped leaves are quite easy to spot.
Illness is often viewed as a symptom of disharmony with nature and the spiritual world. The balance of natural remedies, bodywork and positive thoughts is a valuable approach to healing, which really focuses on the whole person and not just a specific ailment.
Traditionally there was no differentiation between treatment using herbs to treat the physical or spiritual aspects of a person as “according to Maori belief they are part of a whole and cannot be effective one without the other “. (Riley, M. (1994) Maori Healing and Herbal, Viking Sevenseas NZ ltd, Paraparumu, New Zealand).
Some of the health benefits of Kawkawa are:
- Kawakawa has cleansing properties which may help support skin problems such as boils and acne. In traditional Maori medicine it was also used externally to treat boils, eczema and rheumatism.
- Kawakawa may help to support bladder complaints and a healthy urinary system.
- Kawakawa is traditionally used for a healthy digestive system and stomach ailments, its bitter and stimulating properties makes it excellent for constipation and it is used to support IBS, cramping, bloating and indigestion.
- Kawakawa may help to support healthy circulation.
- In traditional Maori medicine the Kawakawa leaves were chewed for toothache.