Kawakawa is a densely branched shrub or small tree. The medicinal properties of Kawakawa have been used for many years by Maori as rongoa or healing. They have fleshy heart shaped leaves which are dark green and often have many holes, these are the most medicinal.
Kawakawa leaves can be chewed or made into tea as a drink to treat stomach problems or bladder concerns, Externally these can be used to heal boils, cuts, rheumatism, arthritis, excema, psoriasis or dermatitis. When infused they are a great general all round first aid for the skin.