Herbs & Plants

Pomaderris hamiltonii

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Botanical Name ; Pomaderris hamiltonii
Family: Rhamnaceae
Genus: Pomaderris
Species: P. hamiltonii
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Rosales

Common Name : Kumarahou or Pale flowered kumarahou,Pomaderris elliptica.Golden Tainui, Gum Digger‘s soap

Habitat : Kumarahou is an attractive ornamental shrub that grows extensively on the gumfields of the North Island and in the scrub on the edges of roads.

Pomaderris hamiltonii  is a rare shrub to 4m tall with soft oval pointed leaves which have prominent veins on the underside and sprays of pale cream flowers. Leaves 5-6.5cm long by 2-3cm wide, tip pointed, with white star-shaped hairs underneath (lens needed). Fruit dry, small.The leaves are  oval dark green somewhat wrinkled . The small yellow flowers are in dense clusters forming a spectacular display in the spring

Medicinal Uses:
Kumarahou is a traditional Maori remedy that has been used to treat a wide range of illnesses.  Its most common use is as a remedy for problems of the respiratory tract, such as asthma and bronchitis.  However, it has also been used in the treatment of indigestion and heartburn, diabetes, and kidney problems.  Kumarahou is considered to be a detoxifier and “blood cleansing” plant, and is used to treat skin rashes and sores, including lesions produced by skin cancer.  High in anti-oxidants, protects liver from lipid peroxidation. Adaptagenic activity increases performance, speed and stamina.

Fresh leaves are applied to wounds. Wounds are also bathed in extracts obtained from boiling the leaves.
An infusion obtained from boiling leaves in water is used internally to treat bronchitis, asthma, rheumatism, to stop vomiting, for coughs and for colds.

Other Uses:
It is commonly called “gum diggers soap” as a slight lather can be formed when its flowers are rubbed with water. The flowers contain saponin a substance which is used in detergents and foaming agents.

The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


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