Māmaki, Pipturus albidus, Endemic
Mamaki may be used to help bring balance to our body cycles and wellbeing. In Hawaii tradition, lāʻau lapaʻau was firstly used as a preventative for overall health and healing. Other traditions shared that women ate māmaki fruits and seeds during the later months of pregnancy. The fruit was used in healing sores and wounds. Mothers gave the small white fruit to children as a mild laxative or to treat ʻea (thrush). Seeds were given to infants and adults as a tonic for general debility of the body.
TEA : Brewed, Fresh or Dried
Used for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, liver problems, depression, bladder problems, bladder infections, and PMS.
It works well for irritability or just to decompress
Respiratory, used to open lungs and respiratory system (allergies, smoke, VOG)
A tonic, aiding in depression, lethargy, weakness, listlessness
Also a tonic for internal organs including the stomach, liver, intestines
High in antioxidants including catechins, chlorogenic acid and rutin:
Research shows that:
Antioxidants may help maintain cell integrity and fight free radicals.
Beta-Carotene may neutralize free radicals and increase cellular antioxidant defense.
Calcium is understood to build strong bones.
Magnesium contributes to bone health and healthy immune function.
Potassium can help maintain a healthy blood pressure level in combination with a low-sodium diet.
This information is shared through research and studies done. We are not claiming to be doctors and māmaki is not a cure. We are simply sharing it’s wonderful benefits. Mahalo!
Māmaki for the Community
Our hope is to share ʻike (knowledge) about this healing meakanu (plant) and re-establish relationships to our environment and natural resources. We also strive to make Māmaki available and accessible for our communities so we may incorporate Māmaki into our ʻohana and wellbeing.