Manuka is most famous for the honey produced from its flowers However the herb itself was also an important medicine in Rongoa - traditional Maori herbal medicine.
Early European settlers used it as a substitute for tea hence the common name 'Tea tree', however this name is also bestowed upon it's relative the Australian native Melaleuca alternifolia
so the use of the Maori name is preferential. The leaf is rich in tannins and essential oil and is considered to be astringent and anti-spasmodic, these properties coupled with the reported anti-microbial effects of the essential oil may make it useful for digestive upsets.
|4 x 250g