The Manuka tree is most famous for the honey produced from its flowers however the herb itself was also an important medicine and is one of New Zealand's oldest native plants. As part of the tree's defences the leaves carry an aromatic oil that has antiseptic, anti-fungal, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It was a valuable plant used by the early Maori of New Zealand to treat a variety of ailments. The leaves were used to reduce fever and calm internal complaints.
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The Manuka Tea Story
Most New Zealanders have heard the story as told in Captain Cook’s diary about how when he arrived in New Zealand in 1769 many of his crew were ill with scurvy after a long voyage. Some versions of the story say they collected the leaves themselves from Manuka trees and boiled them to make tea which helped the crew to become well again. Other versions say local Maori communicated to Cook and his men, the healing powers of the Manuka plant. Either way, Maori had long used the Manuka tree to treat illnesses. Often the leaves would be mashed into a poultice and bound over wounds with flax to aid healing or to help aching joints and muscles. It has been known that Maori used the leaves to reduce fever and for urinary problems as well. If the leaves are mixed with hot water they can be used to ease cold and flu symptoms.
Manuka is well known for its antimicrobial, anti-fungal. anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties, including internal parasites. The New Zealand Manuka tree has more antioxidant activity than Australian Tea tree.
With the tea we produce, only the soft ends of branches with recent new growth are cut from the trees. And we like to select trees from shady sheltered areas. As you may know, this part of New Zealand gets a lot of wind and we have found that the leaves of exposed trees tend to feel harder and prickly in the hand, so we are quite particular about branch and leaf selection. The other positive aspect is that by carefully harvesting only a small part of each tree we don’t kill off any trees and we can return to them in 6 months and harvest again.
Our tea is a 100% hand harvested, hand-picked, graded and packed, and a totally natural and traditional product of New Zealand.
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