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Bush Medicine

Bush Medicine

Indigenous Australians have used native plants to soothe and relieve ailments for generations. Traditional knowledge from our communities inspired the creation of Bush Balm products. They are made locally from wild harvested bush medicine plants collected on country by traditional owners in Central Australia. Bush Balm products are made in the Bush Balm shop by a team of Indigenous women.

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Plants

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Arrethe

Arrethe, also known as rock fuchsia bush or limestone fuchsia (Eremophila Freelingii), is the Arrernte name for an important bush medicine that grows on gravelly hillslopes of Central Australia. Growing up to 2 metres in height, the plant has crowded grey-green leaves, dark bark and is somewhat fire tolerant. The distinctive, lilac flowers are sometimes placed in headbands used during ceremonies. Adapting to the harsh conditions, Arrethe is important for providing habitat and food for native wildlife.

Arrethe has been used by Aboriginal people of Central Australia for thousands of years to relieve eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and itchy dry irritated skin. It is traditionally rubbed on babies to keep their skin soft.

Irmangka Irmangka

Irmangka Irmangka, also known as Emu Bush or Scented Emu Bush (Eremophila Alternifolia), is the Pitjantjatjara name for a highly aromatic and rare bush medicine that is only found on gravelly limestone hills in few areas of Central Australia. It grows as a 1-2m high shrub and has beautiful pink or mauve flowers spotted with a darker red. The needle-like leaves have a strong, distinctive scent that carries through to the balms.

Irmangka Irmangka is used by Aboriginal people of Central Australia for relief of arthritis, muscle pain, joint inflammation, cramps, cold & flu symptoms.

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Native Lemongrass

The Central Australian Native Lemongrass (Cymbopogan Ambiguus) has a strong citrus scent that is evident in our products. It is a hardy, perennial grass with long, slender green stems that can survive drought. Found growing in gravelly sand along water courses, particularly in the rocky hills of Central Australia, Native Lemongrass thrives in well-drained soils and sunny conditions.

It possesses gentle anti-inflammatory properties and is traditionally boiled in water and used to alleviate scabies, sores, cramps and sore heads. It is a very important bush medicine known and used by Aboriginal people wherever it grows.

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