To set us apart from the crowd and to look after our bearded brothers we’ve added this medicinal herb into our beard balm and oils, in this blog we’ll give you a glimpse inside this wonder plant and why it’s been used for centuries by the Maori.
What is Kawakawa?
Kawakawa is a small tree that grows throughout New Zealand and is usually found on the edge of bush in partial shade. The aromatic tree grows to roughly 6m and is adorned with heart shaped fleshy leaves, which can be eaten as a vegetable also. The Kawakawa tree is considered by many as a sacred tree and can sometimes be called the ‘Pharmacy of the forest’.
Kawakawa is an entire plant pharmacy in itself, capable of many different functions that make it useful for an array of conditions. The variety of active properties in Kawakawa make it a complex and powerful medicine, but one that is readily accessible, as anyone who has made a fresh Kawakawa tea will tell you! It was used as a ‘tea’ by early European settlers who were awaiting shipments of black tea, and prized as a pick me up for these hard workers. While it doesn’t contain caffeine like traditional tea does, it is known as a refreshing, rejuvenating and uplifting tonic to improve energy and stamina.
Some of the benefits of Kawakawa include:
- Reduces inflammation and irritation
- Reduces cramping, spasm, bloating and digestive pain
- Improves circulation
Reducing inflammation and irritation, Kawakawa is useful both internally and externally. Used internally it can be useful for inflammatory conditions of the digestive tract, as well as joint inflammation or arthritis. Used topically (on the skin), it can reduce the inflammation of common skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and skin rashes.
This is why at The Dark Heart Beard Co. we choose all natural ingredients for our oils and balms, to bring you our bearded brethren, the best possible products for your gentlemanly pursuits.