Full of incredibly powerful healing properties, Kawakawa is one of nature’s very own ‘wonder herbs’. Used for centuries in traditional Maori healing, Kawakawa is a wonderfully versatile herb that is increasingly being used to treat a wide range of ailments and skin conditions.
What is Kawakawa
With its distinctive heart shaped leaves the KawaKawa plant is easily spotted in the bush. It was one of the most important herbs in traditional herbal Māori medicine or Rongoā, being used to treat everything from cuts, wounds, stomach and rheumatic pain, skin disorders and toothache. It is also excellent when used directly on the skin for the treatment of stings and bites and as an insect repellent.
What are it’s healing properties?
Kawakawa is exceptional in that it actually heals itself. When being eaten by bugs (you can see the tell-tale holes in the leaves) it creates a compound to repair itself. It is this unique compound – produced as part of the plants own healing process – that contains its most powerful healing properties. Thus it is better to pick the leaves with holes in them as they contain more of the medicinal properties that makes Kawakawa so powerful.
With antimicrobial and analgesic properties, Kawakawa is useful for treating infections. It is also helpful in reducing inflammation in various skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and rashes, minor cuts and burns and dry and chapped skin.
Myristicin, one of two known bioactive molecules present in kawakawa, is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. This means that it is incredibly soothing and healing for damaged or broken skin.
Diayangambin, another bioactive found in kawakawa, exhibits anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant properties, providing a natural way to resist infection and aid the healing process.
These properties are powerful at destroying infection and create an ideal climate for the skin to quickly heal itself.
Clearburn Natural’s Kawakawa & Hemp balm
Clearburn Naturals’ focus is on the use of Kawakawa in topical skin treatments in the form of our Kawakawa and Hemp balm.
Aside from it’s hero ingredient, Kawakawa and Hemp balm also incorporates several other important components:
Hemp Oil – containing anti-inflammatory properties. It also supports the immune system, is good for problem skin and helps replenish moisture back into the skin.
Mango butter – for its rejuvenating and wound healing properties. Mango Butter also has antioxidant, anti fungicide and anti-inflammation properties and contains Vitamin C. It moisturises repairs and revitalise the skin layers and helps with wrinkles and signs of aging.
Vitamin E – is an antioxidant and promotes healing, skin regeneration. It helps nourish the skin and protects from radical damage and also helps with anti-aging.
What should I use it for?
Kawakawa balm and Hemp Balm is particularly effective for healing sensitive or damaged skin. Its unique natural properties make it ideal for treating eczema, cradle cap, nappy rash or chapped skin in young babies and children. A must-have product for the bathroom cabinet, the whole family will use it for various day-to-day skin complaints including chapped lips, cracked heels, dry skin, minor cuts, sunburn, and as an intensive moisturiser.
How is it produced
The leaves used in our Kawakawa and Hemp balm are harvested from our own rural property as part of a process that is kind to the environment and maintains the integrity of the plant.
Clearburn Naturals Kawakawa and Hemp Balm has been formulated to add additional healing properties, incorporating Hemp Oil, Mango Butter and Vitamin C.. These ingredients give the balm even greater healing properties and also a lovely smooth texture.
Our Kawakawa and Hemp balm is handcrafted in small batches. Proudly vegan friendly and free from animal testing.
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Alistair T. B. Richardson for the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry in 2015