Te Rongoa - Maori Herbal Medicine
Ensure that you Identify your plants before use. If unsure don't attempt to use it.
Do not use metal containers or equipment when making your Rongoa.
BAD BREATH
MANUKA or KAHIKATEA
Boil inner bark and use liquid as mouth-wash.
RANGIORA
Cut branches or bark on the west side. Chew gum or dissolve gum in oil to cure complaint.
TARATA
Cut groove in the bark lengthways up the tree and collect gum. Mix gum with the juice of the Puha([Sow thistle), and work into a ball. Chew this to cure breath complaint.
BRUISES
KAWAKAWA
Boil leaves and bath serious bruises with the hot liquid.
KOWHAI
Crush bark of downhill growing root and steep in boiling water for 3 hours. Bathe bruises.
KAHIKATEA
Steep bark of sunny side in hot water for some hours and bath bruises with liquid.
BURNS
KAHIKATEA
Apply gum to burns.
RIMU
Bruise bark to a pulp and apply to burns.
MAKOMAKU
Boil leaves in water and bathe to soothe burns.
HARAKEKE
a) The gum found at the base of the leaves is placed in water to soften then apply to burns and scolds.
b) Finely scrape or slice the butts of the leaves and place in water (small amount)Mould into a poultice and apply.
HOROPITO
Strip bark from sunny side-a cut away inner bark which is then broken into pieces Steep in hot water and apply to burns if desired mix with olive oil. (Burns treated this way no matter how severe', heal leaving no scar).
KOPAKOPA
Boil leaves in water and use liquid for burns and scolds.
KOPATA
Use lotion of leaves for burns.
TOETOE
Burn toetoe and collect charcoal, powder it and add a little water to make a poultice
MAMAKU
The hairy skin of the inner curled frond is scraped of to 'expose slimey tissue, this applied to the cut raw, or as heated poultice.
COLDS
KAWAKAWA
Heat leaves in water, then pulp it and drink it.
KOHEKOHE
Boil leaves in water and inhale the vapour. Boil together for 1-hour and rub liquid on the back. If using Manuka or Kahikatoa, boil both leaves and bark together and rub liquid on to the back.
DIARRHEA
MAMAKU
Chew gum of fern.
POHUTAKAWA
Steep inner bark in water for a short time and the decoction is taken internally.
DYSENTARY (Severe diarrhea)
MANUKA
Young Shoots chewed and swallowed.
RATA
Drink decoction of the bark.
POHUTUKAWA
Steep inner bark in water and take internally the decoction (extract of essence by boiling down).
HARAKEKE
Pound the fresh root and use juice internally.
ECZEMA
KAWAKAWA / ONGAONGA
Boil leaves of kawakawa with bark of ongaonga (Tree Nettle) and apply externally, may also be take internally.
EYE TROUBLES
MAKOMAKO
Boil leaves in a little water. Use liquid to bathe sore eyes. Makomako (Soak bark in cold water)and bathe eyes with liquid.
MAMAKU
Apply slimey tissue of inner curled frond after the hairy skin has been scraped off. Apply tissue raw or as boiled poultice.
MANUKA
Boil inner bark. Bathe eyes sore from smoke of winter fires.
TITOKI
From the fruit extract green coloured oil and apply to weak eyes.
FEVER
KOHEKOHE
An infusion of the leaves in boiling water was made and the vapour inhaled.
MANUKA OR KAHIKATEA
Boil leaves and allow liquid to cool - drink.
MIRO
Harvest the fruit and obtain oil from pulpy outer layer-use to treat fever.
FRACTURES
KOWHAI
Crush the bark of the downhill growing root, steep in boiling water for some hours. Bathe fractures, newly set (Fractures set better and more quickly).
MANUKA OR KAHIKATEA
Rub on to the skin the infusion of the inner bark.
GLANDULAR SWELLING (Whaturama)
PUKATEA
Remove bark, scrape outer rind and steep in water use as a lotion on swelling.
HAEMORRHAGES (Female)
KOHEKOHE
Boil KoheKohe bark and mix the decoction with liquids from boiled Manuka, Korari stalk Puawananga vine (Clematis) and Kanuka leaves.
HAIR RESTORER
RIMU
Use bark from the east side of the trunk. Apply sap to the scalp as hair restorer.
IMPOTENCE (Aphrodisiac)
KAWAKAWA
Boil leaves and the bark and drink the juice to stimulate body organs.
ITCH
KOWHAI
Obtain the inner bark of the root (growing downhill) and boil. Mix wood ashes and allow to dry. Rub on body.
LUNG HAEMORRHAGE
KOHEKOHE
Drink infusion of leaves, also the astringent pulp of the inner bark for sore throat and lung haemorrhage.
MUSCULAR
NIKAU
Tree Pith cooked and eaten by expectant mothers for muscular relaxation and to produce a mild bowel movement.
NECK SICKNESS * THROAT PAIN
KOHEKOHE
Gargle the Astringent pulp of the inner bark.
KOWHAI
Steep leaves in boiling water and drink the liquid (does not keep and needs to be made new each day).
MANUKA
Boil inner bark and use the liquid as a gargle.
POHUTUKAWA
Extract honey (Nectar) in flowers and when a quantity is gathered suck through a read.
NECK STIFFNESS
MANUKA / KAHIKATEA
Boil leaves and bark together and use the warm liquid to rub on to stiff back or neck.
PAIN KILLER
MANUKA - KAHIKATEA
Take externally an infusion of the inner bark, rub on to skin.
PILES (Bleeding from the bowel)
KOHEKOHE
Decoction of KoheKohe, Bark, Manuka bark, Korari stalk, puawananga vine and Kanuka leaves-taken 3 times a day before meals, Korari/Horakeke - Pound fresh-root and use juice internally to -stop bleeding from the bowel.
POST NATAL
KOHUTHUTU
Vapour bath .for 1st and 2nd day after confinement for 1.hour each. Soak leaves in water a while, heat ingredients - leaves of fuchsia, mangeao and tataramoa.
PRE - NATAL
NIKAU
Nikau pith cooked and eaten before confinement to produce a mild bowel action and muscular relaxation.
REUMATIC PAINS
KAWAKAWA
Reduce leaves to a pulp in hot water. Use as a pack on part of the body with pain especially points.
MAKOMAKO
Boil leaves in a little water and use liquid to bathe joints. Boil bark in a large amount of water. Soak in while still hot (Soothe and heals).
MANUKA
Rub into rheumatic points warm liquid of boiled leaves and bark.
RINGWORM
KOWHAI
Rub ashes over heads
RATA
Decoction of bark for ringworm.
HARAKEKE
Pound fresh root and use juice as lotion to kill ringworm.
SEDATIVE
MANUKA or KAHIKATEA
Take internally an infusion of the inner bark promotes sleep easily and safely.
SKIN DISEASES
HINAU
Use as a bath - a hot decoction of the bark in which patients can be soaked in, will cure severest skin diseases.
SKIN RASH
KAWAKAWA
Boil leaves and apply to skin, or take internally.
KOHEKOHE
Kohekohe t aken 3 times a day before meals - Fermentation of KoheKohe bark, Manuka bark, Korari Stalk, puawanaga vine and Kanuka leaves.
KOWHAI
Infusion of bark mixed with wood ashes, allowed to dry. Rub on bodies, (Crush bark of downhill root and boil in water for some hours).
SORES
MAMAKU
Scrape hairy skin from inner curled frond to expose slimey tissue. Apply tissue raw or boiled straight or as poultice. (Tissue is scraped out).
RANGIORA
Apply leaves to old sores.
PUKATEA
Bark removed, outer rind scraped off and steeped in water. Use as a lotion for obstinate running sores.
HARAKEKE
Use gum found in the fold of the leaf near the root, and apply to old Sores.
STOMACH PAINS
KAWAKAWA
Heated liquid from leaves then drink.
KOROKIO TARANGA
Liquid from boiled leaves gives instant relief from stomach pain.
SWELLING
KORAU
For swollen feet apply slimey tissue of inner curled frond after hairy skin is scraped off. Apply tissue raw or as boiled poultice.
MANUKA
Crushed bark is steeped in boiling water a and then applied to swollen areas.
HARAKEKE
Roast roots on a wood fire beat into a pulp and use warm as a poultice for swollen points and limbs.
TONIC BLOOD PURIFIER
KAHIKATEA
Bark and wood chips were steeped in boiling water and drink as a tonic.
KAWAKAWA
Juice expressed from heated leaves drunk as a tonic and blood purifier.
KOHEKOHEA
Kohekohea weak solution of leaves was taken as a tonic by invalids.
TOOTH ACHE
KAWAKAWA
Heat leaves in hot water until reduced to a pulpy pack, place against the face when swollen with toothache,also chew raw leaves as a counter irritant, also mash ripe Kawakawa fruit with the liquid from boiled roots and use as a poultice.
PUKATEA
Boil bark to produce strong liquid which is held in the mouth to retrieve the pain of toothache.
URINARY COMPLAINTS
MANUKA
Drink decoction of leaves. (boiled weak):to stimulate urine discharge must be-drunk in quantity. Also for excessive liquid in -body tissue put a handful of leaves into a quart jar fill with boiling water and drink, often.
VAPOUR BATHS
KAWAKAWA
The leaves and bark are the main ingredients in a bath to stimulate and excite salivery glands, kidney and bowels.
MANUKA
The leaves and young branches was another ingredient.
VENERIAL DISEASE
KAWAKAWA
Boil leaves with ongaonga (Tree Nettle) and applied internally and externally.
KOWHAI
From central core of root, growing on the side (downhill) extract juice and take spoon full 3xs a day. (Cures gonorrhea in several days).
RATA
Decoction of 'bark use as a lotion
PUKATEA
Decoction of bark taken internally Remove bark, scrape outer rind steep in water and take.
VOMITTING
KAHIKATEA
Brew green leaves to make strong tea, and drink strained liquid (This causes vomitting).
WORMS
MAMAKU
Chew gum of korau
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