Mamaki ~ Pipturus spp.
Mamaki is an endemic plant, meaning that it evolved here in Hawaii and only grows here. Like it’s cousin, nettles, it’s in the Urticaceae family, and is often referred to as, “Hawaiian nettles”. Mamaki grows with thick, beautiful, red-vined leaves and brews up into a deep red, smooth, hearty, earthy tea.
Mamaki is a great blood cleanser and is also used to help treat rashes. It helps regulate chi so it’s a great tea for when your feeling listless and sluggish. Mamaki also helps with metabolic syndrome, which is the typical grouping of the conditions diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and obesity. Mamaki strengthens the muscles, tissues and blood and is toning and moisturizing for the skin. Mamaki helps relax the body, while simultaneously supporting the healthy functioning of all systems.
The mamaki plant also grows small white fruits where the leaves branch off from the stem. The fruits are edible and are given to children for constipation and thrush, and also eaten by women to treat yeast infections. Hawaiians have used Mamaki for its healing benefits for centuries!
Soothes the nervous system
Supports a woman’s body during childbirth
Lowers blood pressure
Modulates blood sugar levels
Relieves digestive disorders
Contains high amounts of iron, calcium, and magnesium
Contains vitamins phosphorus, boron, manganese, zinc, copper, and potassium