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The kawakawa tree and its medicinal qualities reign supreme amongst the natural remedies employed by our tūpuna to soothe a myriad of ailments. Kawakawa is our Te Ao Māori equivalent of Lucas’ Papaw balm—the one product can serve a multitude of purposes. Applied topically, you can use it to remedy aches and pains, cuts, burns, and grazes. Consuming it as a tea will help to ward off the inhibitants of the winter months and generally, boost your health. Massaging it into the skin is both therapeutic and medicinally benificial.

Ko te rangatira o te wao i kaha whakamahi ai ō tātou tūpuna hei whakamahu i ō rātou mamae, ko te kawakawa. Kawakawa te tāwara, kawakawa te kakara, kawakawa te ingoa tonu. Rangona ai te pepa o te tī kawakawa e te motu whānui, te wai whakaora i ngā pānga o Takurua. Heoi, ko te momo kawakwa e auau ana te kite, ko te pani. Anei āku tohutohu kia taea ai e koe te mahi i tēnei pani kawakawa.

E rua ngā wāhanga: te hinu, me te pani.

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Hinu Kawakawa:

Hinu (Pai ki au te hinu huawhenua)
Rau kawakawa, māroke (he pai ake ngā rau māroke kia pai ai te uru o te hinu ki rō rau)

Meatia ngā rau kawakawa i tētehi ipu, tōna kīki nei. Maringi mai te hinu ki roto. Kauroritia ki tētehi rākau tūpuhi kia ranua katoatia ngā mea e rua. Taupokitia te ipu, ā, waihotia kia noho mō ngā wiki e 2. Rūrūhia ia rā.

 

Pani Kawakawa:

Hinu kawakawa
Wākihi pī

Meatia tētehi ipu karaehe ki runga i tētehi kohua e koropūpu ana. Whakaurua te wākihi me te hinu kawakawa. Ki au nei, pai ake te 1:1 hinu ki te wākihi, māmā te pani engari mārō tonu. Ka haunumi te hinu me te wākihi, ka whakaurua ki tētehi ipu anō, ā toka noa te pani. Pai ana te whakamahi!

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Here are instructions so that you can make kawakawa balm. There are two sections: the oil, and the balm.

Kawakawa Oil:

Oil (I prefer Vegetable Oil)

Dried Kawakawa leaves (Dried leaves will absorb the oil better)

Fill a container will leaves. Pour the oil in. Stir with a small stick so that the two ingredients are fully mixed togeter. Cover the container and leave it to sit for two weeks. Shake it everyday.

 

Kawakawa Balm:

Kawakawa oil

Beeswax

Place a glass bowl above a pot of boiling water (Double boiler). Put in the beeswax and kawakawa oil. In my opnion a 1:1 ratio of beeswax to oil is good, its spreadable, but still slightly hard and holds well.  Mix the beeswax and oil together then transfer to another container, and leave to set. Then it’s good to go!

 

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