Mānuka (Leptospermum scoparium)

Mānuka (Leptospermum scoparium)

Mānuka or Tī Tree is one of the most extensively planted trees for restoring land. Due to its tough nature it can grow in wet or dry soils, creating a perfect canopy cover for less sun tolerant species to establish. Spiky, fatter leaves differentiate it from its close cousin Kānuku, but most say they hold the same medicinal properties. Mānuka only grows to around 5-6m so is easily distinguishable from the 15-20m high Kānuka.

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Uses:

  • As a tea it treats stomach problems
  • Boiled in water the vapor is a strong reliever of colds and congestion
  • As a balm and honey it holds strong anti-fungal properties
  • The inner bark is drunk as a tea to relieve anxiety

 

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