Hebe Salicifolia, H.Stricta, H. Ellipitica
Koromiko, Korohiko, Korokio, Kokomuka
Originally identified as the species “Veronica”. They are now placed in a separate genus “hebe”. Most North Island shrubs known as Hebe salicifolia are now grouped in Hebe stricta. Grows in both islands.
Unopened young leaf tips.
Tannnins, Alkanes, Mannitol (wood), phenolic acid.
Internal: Stimulates appetite. Facilitates east labour. Dysentery, diarrhoea. Piles, varicose veins, headaches, kidney and bladder troubles. Promotes bile flow. Haemorrhaging, teething babies with loosened bowels. Stomach ache.
Topically: Ulcers, rheumatism, haemorrhage.
Combines Well With
Karamu, Pukatea, Kawakwa, Rate, Tanekaha, Cranesbill, Meadowseed, Bayberry, Agrimony, Bistort, Plaintain, Lady’s Mantle, Oak Bark, Bethroot (Trillium erectum)
Fresh leaf tips (dried has little effect) given in proportion to age eg. 6 tips to a 6 year old, 12 tips to a 12 year old or adult. Steep in water.
Tincture: 10ml – 30ml per week or 1/2 teaspoon twice daily. Alternatively Potentise to 1x or 20-60 drops per 100mls.
Sister Susanne Aubert (1835 – 1926) who worked extensively with the Maori people used koromiko in two of her remedied; Natanata medicine containing a combination of Koromiko, Pukatea, Rata, Tanekaha for stomach ache, diarrhoea and vomiting (all ages). Hapete ointmentl Koromiko, Karamu, Pukatea for sores, lumps, tumours, scrofula, boils, abscesses, septic infections, piles, babies chafe. The leaves can also be bruised and applied as a poultice for an ulcer or a boil.
Today Koromiko as a cure for diarrhoea and dysentery is still widely used by both Maori and Pakeha.
Veronica officinalis or common speedwell used for coughs, bronchitis, catarrh, dysentery, promotes menstruation and as an ointment for skin disease. A veronica species was one of the ingredients in a lotion reputed to be made by witches in the middle ages.
Notes by Angela Chadwick – selfheal, www.selfheal.co.nz
Maori Healing & Herbal – Murdoch Riley
Prepared by Irene MacCulloch for The Herb Federation of New Zealand’s Herb Awareness Week 11th – 18th March 2007