Kawakawa (Macropiper excelsum) is a native plant found throughout the warmer regions of New Zealand. It grows to the size of a small tree or shrub and thrives in shaded areas, under the taller forest trees.
Kawakawa berries are a favourite food of the Kereru (New Zealand wood pigeon).
Kawakawa has been used as a food source and medicinal plant for centuries in New Zealand. It is non-toxic, natural and renewable.
As a healer, Kawakawa is renowned for its mild analgesic properties, for example, the leaves were chewed to relieve toothache, the roots and leaves were chewed for stomach problems. (Rhys Jones, ‘Rongoā – medicinal use of plants – Common medicinal plants’, Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/14593/kawakawa)
Goodsport gently steeps Kawakawa leaves in olive oil, releasing all the natural healing properties before adding it to our fantastic Manuka Oil, New Zealand beeswax, and a little lanolin.
GP Salve is fantastic for minor burns, insect bites, and cuts and scrapes. The Kawakawa infused olive oil soothes and relieves the pain, the Manuka oil is antibacterial, beeswax forms a protective barrier and lanolin is moisturising.
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