Kawakawa oil, renowned for its healing properties, is one of Corbin Rd.'s hero ingredients.
Kawakawa oil is found naturally in the leaves of the Kawakawa tree, which is native to New Zealand.
The fruit, bark and leaves of the Kawakawa tree have many benefits and medicinal properties and have been used by Māori for centuries to ease digestive issues, relieve pain such as toothache, heal cuts and soothe irritated skin.
Kawakawa’s botanical name is Macropiper excelsum. This dark green leafy plant is typically found growing in coastal and lowland forests throughout the North Island and the northern half of the South Island. It grows to about six feet tall and has very dense branches.
But what is kawakawa used for?
In the summer, it produces sweet edible yellow berries, and these have been known to have a diuretic effect. Traditionally, it also would have been used as an infusion, made from the leaves or roots, and used for bladder problems, boils, bruises, to relieve pain or toothache, or as a general tonic, balm, cream or medicine.
We even use kawakawa oil in our Restorative Cleansing Balm, which softens skin, while encapsulating and dislodging makeup, sunscreen, air pollution particles and skin damaging free radicals to help refresh and cleanse pores, even with those who have combination skin.
When sipped as a herbal tea, its analgesic and antimicrobial properties work myriad wonders, as it is also thought to have antispasmodic properties, which makes it a wonderful tonic to ease tummy cramps.
Hailed as having a detoxifying effect, it is fantastic when used in skin cleansing products as it naturally works to draw out impurities while at the same time delivering an anti-inflammatory, antifungal and healing effect.
It works to strengthen the skin, while restoring hydration and providing intense nourishment. It’s perfect for skin prone to eczema and acne, or that which is either overly dry or oily, as it calms and restores balance upon application.
It also assists in alleviating itchiness and redness.