Māori have been using these native botanicals for generations, and even modern-day research backs the potential and power these plants hold. Although we are not claiming that tahi oils will completely heal or improve any health conditions, we wholeheartedly believe in the power of nature to help us on our journey to wellbeing.  

TRADITIONAL
NATIVE NZ
PLANT MEDICINE
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[Micropiper excelsum.]

Kawakawa is a plant that is significant to Māori for many reasons. You have probably seen this shrub with luscious heart-shaped leaves around, either in your backyard, on the side of the road and during time spent in the bush. It is believed that kawakawa was sent to Papatūānuku to heal her broken heart. Kawakawa is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties that can be used to soothe toothache, swelling, boils, bruising and eczema. The leaf was often made into a tea to soothe stomach pains and kidney and bladder issues. With respect we infuse the kawakawa leaf into organic almond oil to form the base of our Ngaruru and Tūhono oil blends.

KEY BENEFITS + USES ~

  • Promote circulation and ease inflammation
  • For wāhine, try massaging the oil into areas experiencing discomfort during menstruation
  • Rub onto cuts, bruises, sore muscles and irritated or dry skin
  • Kawakawa is a great natural insect repellent and can soothe insect bites
NZ_Manuka_martha-king
tahi-new-zealand-skincare-manuka

[Leptospermum scoparium.]

Mānuka (our native tea tree) is a magical shrubby tree that is abundant in Aotearoa, it is a small, powerful plant with the ability to adapt to the conditions in which it is growing. Mānuka is used for both internal and external complaints. The leaves can be boiled and the liquid applied to itchy skin, the leaves and bark have also been boiled to relieve pain and the berries can be chewed to prevent bad breath. The wood was used by Māori to build tools and to cook with, leaving the kai (food) with a nice flavour. Our Horoi, Marino and Tūhono oil blends are made with mānuka essential oil which is drawn out of the leaves and twigs using a steam distillation process.

KEY BENEFITS + USES ~

  • Research shows mānuka is a powerful bacterium fighter and can help prevent the bacteria that fuels things like acne, eczema, fungal conditions and boils.
  • Soothe inflammation, itchy skin and insect bites (can also prevent insects from biting).
  • Soothe dandruff and an itchy scalp
  • Promote new cell growth
  • Balance skin tone and complexion
Harakeke_NZ_Flax_martha-king
new-zealand-skincare-harakeke

[Phormium tenax.]

Harakeke is a flax plant that is highly valued by Maori, the plant has played an important role in healing and has been used to produce a number of tools such as mats, baskets, ropes, fishing lines and nets. Medicinally the plant has been used for many internal and external complaints. Internally it has been used to kill worms, ease constipation and arthritis. To help with menstruation problems women would bathe in cold water at dawn and return to drink a decoction of the flax root. Externally, information suggests the plant was used to treat burns, ringworm and itchy skin. We use an extract of the harakeke root in our Ngaruru and Tūhono oil blends.

KEY BENEFITS + USES ~

  • Hydrate dry skin
  • Calm the skin
  • Soothe burns
  • Soothe itchiness and irritation
Koromiko
new-zealand-skincare-koromiko

[Hebe salicifolia.]

Koromiko (the hebe shrub) can be found all throughout Aotearoa, it has been and still is used for a variety of different ailments, being widely known to help with skin diseases and diarrhoea. Due to the plant being naturally high in tannins koromiko has astringent properties making it great for the skin, plants with astringent properties can naturally remove dirt and excess oil from the skin, gently tone the skin and shrink the pores making the skin look healthier. It is also a great plant for Mama’s or those caring for tamariki, it has been recorded that koromiko can soothe nappy rash, oral thrush and there are accounts of women using a medicine made with the boiled leaves to promote lactation. We use an extract of the koromiko leaves in our Ngaruru and Tūhono oil blends.

KEY BENEFITS + USES ~

  • Tone the skin
  • Soothe irritated skin
  • Cleanse and remove dirt from the skin
  • Great for acne and blackheads
  • Soothe nappy rash
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new-zealand-skincare-kowhai

[Sophora microphylla.]

Kowhai is a beautiful native plant; its bright yellow flowers appear in the spring time here in Aotearoa, “when the kowhai is in bloom it is time to seek kina.” Kowhai is also the word used for ‘yellow’ in Te Reo Maori. This plant is believed to have high antioxidant and antibacterial properties and different parts of the kowhai tree have been used for many health skin complaints such as bruising, itchy skin and fungal infections. A tea infusion made with kowhai bark has been said to help ease acute stomach pains, colds and sore throats. Kowhai has also been said to ease muscular cramps and pains. We use an extract of the kowhai bark in our Tūhono oil blend.

KEY BENEFITS + USES ~

  • Ease sore achy muscles and cramps
  • Hydrate the skin
  • Soothe itchy skin
  • Apply to cuts and scrapes
  • Anti-oxidant properties help improve skin damage

LEARN HOW TO USE NATURE TO SUPPORT YOUR WELLBEING
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Our vision is to share our knowledge with you, in hope that you will share it with others, and keep the lore of our powerful plants alive.

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