Kumarahou can be used as a support for the lungs and the liver. It’s useful for bronchitis, asthma and emphysema. A small handful of leaves simmered in a litre of water is a great supportive treatment especially during the colder months when people are more susceptible to colds, flu or lung infections. A warm cupful first thing in the morning before eating as a support or 3 times daily in severe cases. It has a bitter taste with a sweet aftertaste, stimulating and supporting liver function, a good spring tonic.
For more information consult your local rongoā practitioner.