Indigenous Australians have used native plants to treat common ailments and illnesses for thousands of years. Their traditional knowledge inspires these Bush Balm® products, which are made from wild harvested medicinal plants expertly collected on Aboriginal Lands in Central Australia. Irmangka Irmangka and Arrethe have been used for generations to treat aches, muscle pain, joint inflammation, skin conditions and to ease cold and flu symptoms.
The Bush Balm® rubs, moisturisers, soaps and lip balms were first produced by and for the growing number of Indigenous dialysis patients and their families around Central Australia. Forced to leave their country indefinitely for treatment, many longed for traditional bush remedies to remind them of home. And so the Bush Balms® were born.
The Bush Balm® social enterprise is run by Purple House, an innovative Indigenous-owned and operated health service based in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory that runs 19 remote dialysis clinics in the NT, WA and SA, and a mobile unit called the Purple Truck. Bush Balm® provides employment opportunities for patients and their families, and we support ethical, fair trade practices and respect Indigenous intellectual and cultural knowledge.
Retail and wholesale sales enable Bush Balm® to provide no cost bush medicine for dialysis patients – for example, in the past year we provided 8000 tubs to our patients! Our products are available online, from a range of stockists across Australia, and from our Bush Balm Shop. We ship worldwide except for New Zealand and are a registered organisation on Supply Nation.
Visit the Bush Balm Shop at our Social Enterprise Hub:
15 Lindsay Ave, East Side NT 0870 (entrance on Undoolya Rd)
Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm