SUMMARY OF NEW ZEALAND NATIVE HERBS AND THEIR USESAll tinctures available in: 500ml, 200ml, 100ml 50ml and 25ml sizes.
Occasionally a maximum wait of 6 weeks is needed for certain herbs.
AKEAKE Dodonoea viscosa
For fevers, colic, gout, rheumatism, menstrual haemorrhage, menorrhagia, infertility, promotes lactation, tooth-ache, constipation and dysentery, haemorrhoids and sore throats. Externally used to stop bleeding.
HANGEHANGE Geniostoma ligustrifolium
Internally for itching skin and externally for rheumatism, sores and skin diseases.
HARAKEKE Phormium tenax New Zealand Flax
Regarded as the "aloe of NZ". Draws abscesses. Apply to burns, wounds and sores that are slow to heal. Useful for diarrhoea and constipation and digestive disorders. Also for ringworm, rheumatism, chilblains, varicose ulcers and irregular menstruation.
HINAU Elaeocarpus dentatus
For diarrhoea, and stomach problems. Externally for severe skin disease, rashes and inflammations.
HOROEKA Pseudo panax crassiflorius (Lancewood)
Adrenal Tonic, Laxative,
For difficult adolescents.
Externally for ulcers and baldness.
HOROPITO Pseudowintera colorata Pepper tree
Most well known for its action against candida. Known as the "Bushman's pain killer". Useful for toothache and stomach ache. Also for burns, rashes, scars and skin eruptions, desensitises sweet tastes.
HOUHERE Hoheria populnea Lacebark
Soothes irritated or inflamed tissue especially digestive tract. For colds, bronchitis, asthma, influenza, sore throats, coughs, fevers, sore eyes and burns. Brings on perspiration when poisoned by Karaka, Katipo or Tutu.
KAHIKATEA Dacrycarpus dacrydiodes White Pine
Used internally as a tonic and for urinary complaints. Externally for bruises.
KAMAHI/TAWHERO Weinmannia racemosa/Weinmannia silvicola
For abdominal and thoracic pains, baby's thrush, constipation. Tonic. Externally for open sores, burns and cuts.
KARAMU Coprosma robusta
Useful for kidney troubles, bladder stoppage and inflammation. Eases stomach ache and vomiting. Reduces fever.
KAREAO Ripogonum scandens Supplejack
Useful for wounds, rheumatism, bowel complaints, fever, debility and skin diseases. Diuretic.
KAURI Agathis australis
Gives strength to deal with destructive energies. Diseases of the mucous membranes. Tonic.
KAWAKAWA Macropiper excelsum Pepper Tree
A blood purifier and tonic its bitter properties help urinary complaints and digestive disorders, especially constipation. Also useful for complaints of the kidneys and skin, especially boils. Stimulates the salivary glands and helps toothache and rheumatism.
KOHEKOHE Dysoxylum spectabile Native Cedar
Bitter tonic. Blood purifier and stomachic. Useful for colds and fevers, lung and/or uterine haemorrhaging, piles, spasms. Decreases milk flow.
KOHUHU Pittosporum tenuifolium
For halitosis and colds. Externally good for breast and chest, scabies, eczema and skin problems.
KOROKIO Corokia buddleiodes
Some claim instant relief from stomach ache also for stomach ulcers.
KOROMIKO Hebe salicifolia
Famous for its use in treating dysentery. Stimulates appetite. Facilitates easy labour. Useful for piles, bruises, varicose veins, headaches and bladder troubles. Promotes bile flow.
KOWHAI Sophora microphylla
Soothes itching skin, shingles and ringworm. Relieves abdominal pain, colds, sore throats and toothache. Purgative. Tonic. Helps knit broken limbs. Back pains. Dandruff.
KUMARAHOU Pomaderris kumeraho
Well known for its relief for all chest complaints; bronchitis, coughs, colds and asthma. Benefits the kidneys and the skin, especially for children. Blood purifier.
MAHOE Melicytus ramiflorus Whitey wood
For diarrhoea, amenorrhoea. Externally for rheumatism, scabies, wounds, burns and ulcers. Facilitates menstrual blood flow. Avoid during pregnancy.
MAIRE TAWAKE Syzygium maire Swamp maire
For asthma and other respiratory complaints. Externally for ringworm.
MAKOMAKO Aristotelia serrata Wineberry
Reduces fever and relieves rheumatic joints. Externally for burns, boils and sore eyes.
MANAWA Avicennia marina Mangrove
Not commonly used traditionally. Homoeopathically induces relaxation and sense of well-being.
MANONO Coprosma grandifolia
For cystitis, anxiety states. Helps knit broken bones. For scabies, eczema and itchy skin, cuts, bruises, festered sores, sprains and aching joints.
MANUKA Leptospermum scoparium Tea Tree
Its astringent properties relieve diarrhoea, useful for digestive problems, colic, urinary complaints and skin conditions especially wounds and sores. Also for inflamed breasts. Reduces fevers, sedative.
MATAI Prumnopitys taxifolia
For stomach pains, lymphatic swellings. Antiseptic. Capillary fragility. Hormonal balance.
MINGIMINGI Cyathodes juniperina
For asthma, menstrual and alimentary disorders, kidney tonic. Externally for septic wounds, rheumatism and baldness.
MIRO Prumnopitys ferruginea
For stomach ache and recovery from fevers, sore throats. An inhalant for bronchitis. Externally for bruises and injuries, open wounds, eczema and warts. Antiseptic. Insecticide. Capillary fragility.
NIKAU Rhopalostylis sapida
Laxative. Relaxes pelvic floor muscles. Makes labour easier. Also useful for diarrhoea.
ONGAONGA Urtica ferox Tree nettle
For eczema and skin eruptions, rheumatism (anti-inflammatory), arthritis.
PATETE Schefflera digitata
For weight loss. Externally for scrofula, sores, ringworm, athlete's foot and any other fungal problems.
PINATORO Pimelea prostrata Strathmore Weed
Used for asthma, bronchial infections, lumbago and rheumatism.
PIRIPIRI Acaena Anserinifolia Bidi-bid
For rheumatism, kidney and bladder trouble including painful urination, digestive troubles, gallstones, dysentery, constipation and blood cleanser.
POHUTUKAWA Metrosideros excelsa Christmas Tree
Its astringent properties are useful for dysentery and diarrhoea. Used for sore throats, sore gums, toothaches and thrush. Historically used on gangrenous wounds and to stop wounds from bleeding.
POROPORO Solanum aviculare Bullabull
As a contraceptive, a decoction was taken just before menses due. The steroid hormone extract for fertility control and relief of rheumatoid arthritis. Also for itching skin, ulcers, bruises, wounds, sores, eczema, and dandruff.
PUAWANANGA Clematis paniculata
For female haemorrhage, bleeding piles, general blood disorders, kidney troubles, skin eruptions and head colds. Externally for wounds and styes.
PUHA Sonchus oleraceus Sow Thistle
Useful for boils and carbuncles. Blood purifier. For haemorrhages, constipation, and cervical abnormalities.
PUKA Meryta sinclairii
Tonic. Normalises menstruation. Used for stomach, bowel and urinary problems. (Not used widely traditionally due to its rarity.)
PUKATEA Laurelia novae-zelandiae
Strong analgesic 'morphine like' pain relief, especially the pain of injury. May often give instant relief. For neuralgia, toothache, ulcers and skin complaints. Highly potent, low dosage only.
PURIRI Vitex lucens
For sprains and backache. Contains a germicide. Useful for sore throats and ulcers. Hormonal balance.
RATA Metrosideros robusta
A strengthening tonic its antiseptic qualities make it an ideal lotion for wounds. Used for ringworm, rheumatic joint pain. Astringent, diarrhoea and constipation. Sore throats and toothache. Analgesic.
RAURENGA Trichomanes reniforme Kidney Fern
For kidney and bladder problems.
RED MATIPO Myrsine australis
Tonic. Used for blood vessel problems, some arthritic conditions, skin diseases and toothache.
REWAREWA Knightia excelsa Honeysuckle
Used for coughs and sore throats. Externally used to heal and stop blood flow from wounds.
RIMU Dacrydium cupressinum Red pine
For stomach-ache, headache, bleeding from lungs or bowels, diarrhoea, gout. Externally for ulcers, sores, burns. Baldness.
TANEKAHA Phyllocladus tricomanoides Celery Pine
The most important New Zealand herb for the liver. Useful for skin disorders. Its astringent properties are valuable for diarrhoea.
TARAIRE Beilschmiedia tarairi
For sore throats and coughs, irregular menses with cramping. Affects the mental sphere particularly bad dreams.
TARATA Pittosporum eugenoides Lemonwood
Taken for halitosis, thrush and sore throats. May be poured into a bath for acute rheumatism.
TATARAMOA Rubus cissoides Bush Lawyer
For abdominal pain, diarrhoea, dysentery, (may also be laxative), stomach aches, dysmenorrhoea, eases afterbirth, toothache, chest congestion, coughs, sore throats, toothache. Externally for boils, abscesses and septic infections.
TAWA Beilschmiedia tawa
Tonic. For stomach pains, flatulence, coughs, colds, influenza. Externally for wounds.
TI KAUKA Cordyline australis Cabbage Tree
For stomach pains, dysentery, diarrhoea and irregularity of the bowels. Useful for children's colic and thrush. A blood purifier. Useful external application for cracked skin, sores and cuts.
TITOKI Alectryone excelsus
Laxative. For ear-ache, weak eyes, sore breasts, chapped skin in infants, sprains, wounds and swelling, bruises, painful joints. Reduces insect bites and stings.
TOTARA Podocarpus totara
Reduces fevers. Is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Gives clarity of thought. Externally for eczema, haemorrhoids.
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