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.