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Kumarahou / Kawakawa tea.

Kumarahou & Kawakawa are powerful purifiers – The combination of these two native medicine plants have a powerful synergistic effect on many systems of the body. Easy to make in a tea form; it works on the circulatory system, urinary, digestive and respiratory organs. It helps to balance blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood sugars and cleanses the blood. Kawakawa supports the kidneys and kumarahou the liver and lungs. Helps with respiratory conditions, bronchitis, emphysema and hayfever.

Make sure to start drinking the tea daily for a month or so before the start of hayfever season. Using these natural healers alongside a healthy diet and lifestyle can undoubtedly build up your immune system and overall health and well-being.

Leaves of these plants can be dried successfully without losing their effectiveness in order to be stored for later use.

For those using blood thinners such as warfarin it’s not recommended to use kawakawa other than occasionally as it increases the effectiveness of these medications.

Go along and have a chat to your local rongoā Māori practioner for more information or help with plant identification. Here at Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae we make up fresh teas and tonics on request.

11 thoughts on “Kumarahou / Kawakawa tea.

    1. Thanks for your query. Yes in theory it is fine to have a cup of kawakawa and kumarahou tea daily but when using herbal substances it is always nice to give the body a break every now and then, such as 3 weeks on and one week off.
      However if you are using blood thinning medication such as warfarin you must be very careful using kawakawa as well as because kawakawa has blood purifying properties and may help the warfarin to work to thin your blood more than is good for you. Talk to your own health care provider if you are taking these medications. Kumarahou works more on supporting the liver and the lungs so is not contraindicated in this case.


    1. Kia ora Jillane. Good question, but that is something you would need to do in conjunction with your doctor who has prescribed the blood thinners.

  1. I woud like to urgently lower my blood pressure. Will Kumarahoe and Kawakawa be effective. If so how do I obtain prescription to take to remedy the high blood pressure.

    1. Kia ora Iris, sorry for the later reply but I’ve been away. You would need to have an indepth consultation with a practitioner to work out the correct protocol for you to help lower your blood pressure. There are definitely natural ways to do this. Kind regards Trisha

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