Kūmarahou used to be very abundant in the top half of Aotearoa New Zealand's North Island, and especially so in Te Tai Tokerau (Northland). As people move more and more into its natural habitat is has become less widespread.
Kūmarahou was and continues to be a significant botanical in Rongoā Māori. Although the has been very little scientific research conducted, the Māori have passed down generations of knowledge.
Actions of Kūmarahou are many. Expectorant, helping remove excess mucus form the respiratory system. Anti-dyspectic for aiding indigestion. Anti-rheumatic, helping relieve and/or prevent rheumatic conditions and gout. Vulnerary, soothing and aiding the body to heal. Bronchitis and asthma are other conditions that Kūmarahou has been successful in treating.
The list continues with success stories for skin conditions, renal conditions, and the stimulation of milk flow in nursing mothers. The most talked about benefit is blood purification and it is still used by some Māori today for that very reason. Bathing in it has been good for skin, especially for little children.
We will be adding a Kūmarahou Bubble Bath to our range later in the year (2020).
There are no significant adverse effects known from internal or external use of Kūmarahou. Ingestion of excessive doses or sometimes moderate doses, in a few people, may lead to vomiting. The Herb Federation of New Zealand list a dosage of 20 – 40ml per week.
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.