Folk Remedies from New Zealand (new section). (N.B. Kindly note (and watch out) that the Australians will take the credit for some of these!! )
We have long had a SALVE over here which is termed a "Medicated Ointment" and its status borders on the "National Treasure" category level for many Kiwis.....If I am unable to name it, I should tell you that it contains Camphor, Menthol and Eucalyptus Oil! We use it for cuts, burns, sores, catarrh, head colds, coughs and colds, spasmodic croup, earache, headache, muscular pains, aching joints and it is great for mosquito bites too (although they don't seem to make that claim for it strangely enough). It comes in a quaint, old-fashioned tin like in the olden days.
2) If you feel a COLD/COUGH/FLU/SORE THROAT coming on, take a teaspoon of each of the following in a mug: Lemon juice (from your garden if possible), ACV (with mother/organic etc), Organic Molasses, Manuka Honey (or honey), Rum or Whisky. Put a little good quality, cold water in, mix it all up and then fill the rest of the tumbler with hot water such that you can safely drink it. As we would say Down Under "A couple of those a day should see you right mate". If you can catch this in time it sure can make a difference. Maybe you can save money by leaving the rum out of the brew if giving to the ankle biters though!
EC: Michael, yes, please tell us the name of your treasured Medicated Ointment!
America, New York
My 13 year old Lhasa has several fatty lipomas. She had 1 that started pea sized under her elbow. It grew to marble size in 2 months. I put Makuna honey on the skin above the tumor 2xs/day. I also let her eat some. The fatty lipoma disappeared in 5 days. I'm now treating another one...it shrunk 1/3rd of the size in 2 days. Use New Zealand Makuna honey that is at least 5+ UMF. 10+ is considered medicinal.
List of things for me or New Zealand to accomplish this coming week:
1) To-day: Venture out to buy more Borax, ACV, Molasses and Manuka Honey and any other "must haves" I am about to run out of. Pity about the rain. No-drop the honey-can't afford it. Ridiculous!
2) Saturday: Looking forward to the All Blacks beating the British and Irish Lions rugby team at Eden Park. The one with the funny shaped ball.
3) Next week: Take the Auld Mug, aka the America's Cup, back home to Auckland where it rightfully belongs. Somebody pinched it off us a while back. Can't trust anybody these days.
4) Let E.C. know that three school boys from the South Island are claiming to have found the cure for the dreaded pimple in their school lab ! They say that Manuka Oil is the new wonder cure but I "wonder" if those darned Aussies got there first (darn it! ) with their Tea Tree Oil. Ought we to tell them? We shouldn't discourage the youth: good on them for trying: I wish them well. Keep an eye out for their product coming to a store near you.
5) Help those long-suffering Americans to design a fair and equitable Health Care Plan for the Nation. They got to the Moon but are struggling with this one! Priorities?
Quite a busy week ahead I guess-better eat a sustaining breakfast and get ready. My wife is asking if I want some porridge? Should I or not? Difficult decision. I don't know.
More than 200 plants were used medicinally by Māori. Harakeke (flax), kawakawa, rātā and koromiko had many recorded uses.
- The leaf or root was pulped, heated and put on boils.
- The hard part of the leaf was used as a splint.
- Umbilical cords were tied with scraped flax.
- Sore backs were heated by the fire and then strapped up with a flax belt.
- A bad cut was sewn up with muka (flax fibre), using a sharpened stick.
- When someone had tutu-tree poisoning, a flax gag was crammed in their mouth to stop them biting their tongue – or their throat was brushed with flax on the end of a stick to make them vomit.
- The juice of the root was used to kill intestinal worms, and as a purgative.
- (N.B.Tutu, and Ngaio were poisonous. Karaka berries were also poisonous but Maori cleverly perfected a laborious method of extracting the poison so that they could safely ingest them.)
Maori Traditional Medicine mentioned here:-
Rhys Jones, 'Rongoā – medicinal use of plants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/rongoa-medicinal-use-of-plants/sources (accessed 20 September 2016)
Full story by Rhys Jones, published 24 Sep 2007
Tea Tree or Manuka from New Zealand
Manuka (or Red Tea Tree) is the smaller tree/shrub/bush and Kanuka (or White Tea Tree) is the much taller, tree version. The early European adventurer and sea captain, Captain James Cook pioneered the protective measures taken to prevent Scurvy (lack of Vitamin C) on the ship "Endeavour", partly by giving his crew lemon juice etc. However, when he reached New Zealand he brewed a "tea" using "Tea" tree or Manuka leaves (hence the name). He also brewed beer with it, which was nutritious as well as making you smile.
In addition, we still have Scurvy grass near some of our beaches which he forcibly fed to his crew, which also helped them resist scurvy on long voyages. You do NOT want to get scurvy!! One French voyager was loosing one man every day when he visited New Zealand in 1769 because he did not know this medical fact! His men must have died horribly.