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The benefits of Kawakawa and Kūmarahou tea

Here at Aotea we are inspired by Rongoā Māori, we hero kawakawa, kūmarahou, mānuka, and harakeke throughout our range of therapeutic skincare. These plants have long held significance in New Zealand's history, with their properties utilised not only for topical applications but also internally as tonics and teas.

The benefits of Kawakawa tea

Kawakawa tea can help aid and soothe digestive issues as well as acting as a gentle blood purifier, helping remove toxins from the body. Furthermore, kawakawa leaves contain two bioactives, diayangambin and myristicin, which are incredibly anti-inflammatory. Drinking kawakawa tea can help reduce inflammation in the body. Lastly, Kawakawa tea is known for its calming and relaxing effects. Often used to promote a sense of well-being and reduce stress and anxiety.

The benefits of Kūmarahou tea

Kūmarahou tea is  renowned for its healing properties, particularly in addressing respiratory issues like coughs, colds, and asthma. It acts as an expectorant, effectively loosening mucus and easing congestion in the airways. Kūmarahou is also antifungal and antibacterial, helping improve overall immunity. Kūmarahou tea is also known for promoting relaxation and calmness. 


To make Kawakawa or kūmarahou tea, you will need the following ingredients and equipment:



  • Fresh or dried Kawakawa leaves

  • Fresh or dried Kūmarahou leaves

  • Water


  • Pot or kettle

  • Tea strainer or infuser

  • Teapot or cup


1. Collect fresh Kawakawa/Kūmarahou leaves or obtain dried Kawakawa/Kūmarahou leaves. Ensure that the leaves are clean and free from any pesticides or contaminants.

2. If using fresh leaves, gently rinse them under cold water to remove any dirt or debris. If using dried leaves, skip this step.

3. Fill a pot or kettle with water and bring it to a boil.

4. Place a handful of fresh or dried leaves into a tea strainer or infuser. Adjust the amount based on your preference for the strength of the tea.

5. Pour the boiling water over the leaves in the strainer or infuser. Let it steep for about 5-10 minutes to allow the flavours and medicinal compounds to infuse into the water.

6. If using a teapot, pour the steeped Kawakawa or Kūmarahou tea into the teapot. Otherwise, you can pour the tea directly into your cup.

7. You can enjoy your tea as it is, or you can add a natural sweetener like our Aotea honey or lemon to enhance the taste, if desired!