Your health

Understanding what we put into our bodies has become increasingly important to many in our modern world.

The complex formulas within so much food and drink may be good for product longevity – but it’s not necessarily good for us.

It is why the native plants offering the unique flavours within our range are so important to the worlds within our communities and our people’s health throughout Aotearoa. These plants have been grown and used to treat a wide range of ailments by generation after generation of Māori. These are ingredients that have been chosen across centuries.

To be clear – these are not miracle cures. Rather, they are tried and true ingredients of unique taste and proven worth for your health and for your wellbeing. The natural value of these plants will nourish your worlds within.


Proven over many centuries of use by Māori, kawakawa has anti- inflammatory, anti-microbial and analgesic properties. Using the leaves to make a tea or tonic, it can be used for a range of health complaints, from gastrointestinal problems to liver and kidney issues. It can also be used topically or as a tonic to improve skin condition or to relieve toothache. Kawakawa is naturally rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and potassium, making it great for boosting immunity when suffering from a cold or flu. Even when none of these complaints are present, a kawakawa drink will leave you feeling rejuvenated and energised.


With a biologically active ingredient known as polygodial, Horopito has excellent antifungal and antibacterial properties. Commonly used as a tonic to treat circulatory and respiratory conditions such as coughs, colds, and asthma, this is an important herb for rongoā Māori. The mouth-warming leaves can also be steeped in water to resolve tooth and stomach aches. A versatile herb, it can even be applied topically for skin problems, such as in the form of a lotion for ringworm or as a warming poultice for wounds and joint pain.


A winning all-rounder for health, Kumarahou contains important flavonols and ellagic acid, which helps to boost digestive and seasonal health, reducing congestion and inflammation. This is an especially valuable tonic for the elderly or those with health conditions, as it can help reduce the build-up of chemicals in the system, acting as a natural detoxifier and blood purifier for improved skin condition and healthier lungs, kidneys, liver, urinary tract, and lymphatic system. Traditionally, Kumarahou was taken as a tonic for bronchial and digestive complaints.


Kanuka belongs to the same family as manuka and, while not being as well recognised as theiconic plant, the leaf from the larger tree has provided comfort to many throughout history. Indeed, the health benefits of kanuka have been recognised for many generations, and the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties ofkanuka leaf are considered by many to be more effective than it’s well-known relative. In the past Kanuka shoots were chewed or used as a tea as a cure for stomach and bowel complaints. Today ongoing studies are assessing whether kanuka can assist in stimulating an immune system response.

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