We were given recipes for potions and lotions and one particularly stood out for me. It was the Tutu - or Toot or Tupakihi - and it is used for healing wounds, bruises, sprains and swollen joints. With this you use the shoots and leaves to make a poultice. We were told to boil it vigorously for approximately 37 hours (or was it 72??)! We were warned that it is poisonous* and it does stain. They recommended doing this outside using an old bathtub with a fire underneath and keeping that fire well stoked so the tub is boiling and bubbling - much like a witch's cauldron I suspect!!
* All parts poisonous except for swollen petals. Contains Tutin toxin, which has caused death.
Armed with my new knowledge on herbal remedies and spiritual healing, I returned to our marquee and proceeded to tell my neighbours all about this. One just so happened to have a very sore lower back and was suffering a good deal of pain. Perfect - I had my guinea pig!!! I marched him back to talk to the healer and it was agreed that a jar of lotion (Tutu mixed with bees wax I think) would do the trick. We were warned in no uncertain terms, that it would not fix the problem but it would relieve the pain. So one was to remember that walking and exercise were still required and it was not going make them feel like they were 20 again. No, no!! It would relieve the pain and it would stain. Message understood! It had to be applied a couple of times a day and rubbed in well. "And wear old clothes - especially to bed!"
I returned the next day to pick up the lotion and my neighbour started to use it with instant results. Within 24 hours he had ceased his pain medication and was feeling better than he had in a long time!! Not 20, but remarkably better!! So how is that? Pretty impressive I have to say.
Here are some interesting and informative websites for you to check out. I tell you that knowing more about common garden weeds makes for a very interesting walk along the road. I have totally changed my attitude towards weeds and now find myself saying: "what a healthy dandelion that is"!!!