Manuka Plant Benefits You Need To Know
What is manuka?
How to identify Mānuka
Mānuka is a perennial shrub that has very small leaves, up to 12 mm long and about 4 mm wide. Often people use the saying ‘Mānuka mean, Kānuka kind’ in relation to identification of the leaves. Mānuka leaves are spiky opposed to Kānuka which feel softer.
How It Was Used Traditionally
- A vapour ‘bath’ to help with painful joints
- As a disinfectant for clothes (cloaks were placed over smoky fires to get rid of vermin, lice etc)
- As a poultice on wounds and sores to reduce pain
- On the scalp for itchy dry skin
- To treat ringworm
- To treat venereal diseases
- To reduce bleeding
- To treat urinary complaints
- Taken as a laxative
- For indigestion
- To reduce fevers
- To reduce coughing
- As an astringent (when suffering from diarrhoea)
- As a diuretic
- To help with colds, flu and headaches
- As a mouth wash, to help with sore and infected teeth and gums
- Kidney issues
- As a sedative
Why We Use Manuka?
Within our L its action is to support a healthy digestive system, to support waste elimination (constipation), indigestion, and also as it is a bitter plant it helps with bile production and overall liver health.
In our I it was chosen as it supports a healthy immune responses (e.g. with fevers, ills and chills etc). We are very lucky and grateful that this versatile plant is available for us to use in a variety of ways.
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