About Kawakawa


Kawakawa (Macropiper excelsum) is found in abundance though-out Aotearoa New Zealand’s North Island and the upper half of the South Island. Kawakawa is one of the traditional medicinal plants that has been used by Māori for many generations.

Kawakawa is considered to have numerous health advantages. It is part of the varied “pepper” family. Peppers have and continue to play a significant role in food and medicine globally. Kawakawa, as evidenced in various studies has – antimicrobial, analgesic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

Kawakawa also has a significant diaphoretic (sweat inducing) effect that supports the body to release toxins which explains how it has had positive impacts on relieving the symptoms of colds and flu.

Māori used it successfully to treat bladder, kidney, stomach, dysentery, urinary tract, circulation and skin conditions (acne, eczema, psoriasis etc), blood disorder, infection, pain (including neuralgic pain such as arthritis), winter ailments (colds & flu), hakihaki, cuts, boils, bruises, varicose veins and more.

Kawakawa is also anti-dyspectic (counters dyspepsia or indigestion) and anti-spasmotic (eases muscle spasms or cramps), so it makes an excellent digestion aid.


Disclaimer. Natures Therapeutics Limited™ makes no claims regarding any of our products however, Kawakawa, Manuka and Kūmarahou have been successfully used historically to treat many ailments and conditions. Our range is a product of both tradition and science coming together to provide a modern delivery of ancient well-being techniques.