The awesomeness of Kawakawa

A first aid kit, lip balm, hand cream, dry skin treatment all in one! New Zealand’s answer to pawpaw ointment.

The fruit, bark and leaves of our native kawakawa tree have a long history of medicinal use in Rongoa (traditional Maori herbal medicine) for wounds, bruises and abrasions and infectious skin conditions.

Kawakawa is anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal which put simply, can reduce the inflammation of common skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, skin rashes, and very dry skin.  The healing properties of kawakawa is also soothing for bites, stings, chilblains and sunburn.

Another native first aid staple, manuka oil has powerful antimicrobial activity, soothes inflammation and aids healing, making it highly recommended for minor wounds and infections, acne, boils, warts, fungal conditions of the nails or skin, insect bites or stings, and other skin irritations.   Similar in action to Australian Tea Tree, Manuka is possibly even more powerful in its antibacterial activity, yet is gentler on the skin.*

Manuka honey and beeswax from my very own bees area also in this product.   Manuka honey has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.  It effectively treats burns, ulcers and non-healing wounds.  Beeswax forms a barrier that helps protect skin from environmental assaults, while also holding in moisture and reducing dryness.  Being a humectant, beeswax helps to keep skin hydrated over time and will not clog pores. Beeswax is a good source of Vitamin A, is anti-allergenic and easily tolerated by those with reactive skin.

The remaining three ingredients provide moisture and nourishment.  Hemp seed oil and avocado oils are anti-inflammatory and healing, replenishing moisture and protecting against cellular damage. 

Shea butter is a skin superfood with a high concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids which makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturising, helping to protect the natural oils present in our skin.

*https://manukabioscience.co.nz/science/

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