It has many other applications including; mouth ulcers, sore gums, bad breath, sinus, acne, stiff joints, arthritis, bee stings, athletes foot, headlice.
Tane Mahuta is the god of the New Zealand forest. The Manuka plays an important role in his domain, and is his special child.
The plant is treasured by the Maori people and has traditionally been used to treat a wide variety of ailments. The berries of the plant were used to make poultice for wounds, and the gum obtained from the green bark was used to treat burns and scalds. Maori and early settlers used manuka for the treatment of dysentery and diarrhoea by chewing young shoots or swallowing a mixture made from boiling seed capsules or bark in water. Other mixtures prepared from the leaves, bark, and gum were used for treating complaints, including colic, coughing, fevers, inflamed breasts, scalds and burns.
As a low-lying shrub, it is ready cover for open country and acts as a gentle shelter to nourish new forest. The plant is strongly aromatic: the leaves, young shoots, flowers and seeds all share this aromatic fragrance from an essential oil they contain.
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