Tūpākihi

Tūpākihi (Coriaria arborea)

Tūpākihi, toot or tutu is widely known amongst farmers as toxic. Cattle and pets who eat the berries or leaves succumb to the active ingredient ‘Tutin’. Poisonous or toxic is a pākehā word and when treated carefully it’s a powerful medicine. But never consume internally. It grows along streams and roads.

 

Uses:

  • Growing in the cracks and the scars of the earth Tūpākihi is a deep acting Rongoā used to treat broken bones, aches, muscles strains. Used in a balm or bathing in it is the most effective way to harness its medicinal properties.

 

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