New Zealand Native Herbs

We strongly believe that our medicine is around us - locally. New Zealand has a wealth of amazing, potent medicinal plants. As always we treat our traditional plants with the utmost respect and gratitude for what they do for us all.


Botanical name: Dodonaea viscosa
Parts used: Leaves, seeds, root
Main uses: Internally for pain. Helps with fevers, Inflammation, Gut cramps or spasms

Used topically: Toothache, Headaches (helps to rub on temples), Rub on joints, cuts, bites, skin rashes

Akeake is a fast-growing shrub that flowers in late autumn and will often self-seed. In Dunedin you can find it as parts of shelter belts.

Wild Dispensary Products that include Akeake:

Anti-Flam Tonic | Chest Tonic


Botanical name: Pseudowintera colorata; P. axillaris
Common names: Peppertree
Parts used: Fruit and leaves

Horopito is HOT. It is supposed to be as it helps to move circulation around the body.

Wild Dispensary Products that include Horopito:

Anti-Flam Tonic | Fire Cider

Learn more about Horopito


Botanical name: Macropiper excelsum

Common Name: Kawakawa

Parts used: Leaves (as well as bark and fruit) 

Main uses: to support inflammation, immunity and was used traditionally as a tonic herb with stimulating properties helping support recovery from unwellness/fatigue.

Wild Dispensary Products that include Kawakawa:

Golden Skin Oil | Chest Tonic | Daily Boost Tonic | Defence Elixir

Learn more about Kawakawa


Botanical name: Leptospermum scoparium
Common name: Tea tree
Parts used: Leaves, flowers, twigs, bark.

Manuka is well known for the medicinal boost it gives honey. But the plant itself is amazing on its own.

Wild Dispensary Products that include Manuka:

Elderberry Switchel | Immunity Tonic | Liver Bitters | Functional Vinegar Gift Pack

Learn more about Manuka


Botanical name – Usnea barbata & other species
Parts used – Main body (Aerial parts)
Actions: Anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-bacteria
Main uses: Pain relief, wound healing, fever control.

Usnea is a lichen (consisting of a alga and fungus) and has long been used in traditional herbal medicine. The Usnic acid and polyphenols are thought to provide its benefits

Wild Dispensary Products that include Unsea: FireCider

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