Kawakawa's antimicrobial and analgesic properties make it useful for treating infections, and it is helpful in reducing inflammation of various skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and rashes.
The bright green heart-shaped leaves of kawakawa (Macropiper exelsum) are a distinctive presence in the New Zealand bush, and Kawakawa’s medicinal properties are equally distinctive. Traditionally used by Maori not only as a medicine but also as a significant part of many ceremonies, Kawakawa is an important part of both the physical and spiritual worlds and revered for its innate power.
Kawakawa is an entire plant pharmacy in itself, capable of many different actions that make it useful for a wide array of conditions. The variety of active constituents in Kawakawa make it a complex and powerful medicine, but one that is readily accessible, as anyone who has made a fresh Kawakawa tea will tell you! It was used as a ‘tea’ by early European settlers who were awaiting shipments of black tea, and prized as a pick me up for these hard workers. While it doesn’t contain caffeine like tea does, it is known as a refreshing, rejuvenating and uplifting tonic to improve energy and stamina.
Some of the keys of Kawakawa are:
- Reduces inflammation and irritation
- Reduces cramping, spasm, bloating and digestive pain
- Improves circulation
Reducing inflammation and irritation, Kawakawa is useful both internally and externally. Used internally it can be useful for inflammatory conditions of the digestive tract, as well as joint inflammation or arthritis. Used topically (on the skin), it can reduce the inflammation of common skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and skin rashes and is found in all the kawakawa products
Kawakawa Purified Water, Pumice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Mono-Diglyceride, Aluminium Magnesium Silicate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Simmondsia chinesnsis (Jojoba, Argon and Hemp oils), Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera Leaf Juice Powder)