Also known as the New Zealand Pepper Tree, Kawakawa was and is an important medicine for Maori.
The leaf was traditionally used for numerous ailments ranging from toothache to rheumatism and is still popular today.
One of the most popular uses for the herbs is as a warming digestive tonic and circulatory stimulant.
Kawakawa Tea is known as a refreshing, rejuvenating and uplifting tonic to improve energy and stamina. It also reduces inflammation and irritation, reduces cramping, spasm, bloating and digestive pain.
Boil a handful of the dried leaves in a small saucepan of water for 15-20 minutes, then drink half a cup of the liquid to relieve chesty coughs.