Kawa Kawa Leaf, Wildcrafted, 15 g
Kawakawa (pepper tree) Macropiper excelsum
Kawa Kawa has a nice flavour, well knownNew Zealand native herb
often used in culinary dishes, anything savoury
drink Kawa kawa as a tea , as a general tonic
used in hand made soaps
you can add other herbs , to make interesting flavoured teas
or spice combinations
Traditional uses of Kawakawa
The leaf and bark were used to heal cuts, wounds and stomach pains.
For toothache, a kawakawa poultice was applied, or the leaves were chewed
stomach ache, and the root was chewed for dysentery ( leaf and bark )
Kawakawa leaves were used in a steam bath for sexually transmitted diseases (introduced by Europeans).
Kawakawa can be used in a vapour bath ( or sauna) for those with rheumatism or other complaints.
Stones were heated by fire and and water was poured over.
A thick bed of kawakawa leaves was put on the stones, followed by kete / flax baskets.