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Kūmarahou gives you the full benefit of the exceptional properties of 100% Kūmarahou that has been sustainably hand harvested from the native bush of New Zealand. 

Kūmarahou has a rich traditional use where it was used in many different circumstances. Known for it’s stunning yellow flower when it explodes into colour for a few short weeks at the start of Spring that is responsible for one of its common names of ‘Golden Tainui’.


More importantly it’s wonderful expectorant & antimicrobial actions lend it to support many bronchial & respiratory ailments which is why it is the key herb in our Chest Elixirs not to mention its potent cleansing properties. Kūmarahou is a wonderful tonic herb and a very special NZ native plant. It has a unique bitter taste that is not for the faint-hearted, but can easily be diluted down or had with a small amount of honey to soften the bitter tones.


*Contains 100% herbs, no added flavours, sugar or sweeteners




Kūmarahou (Pomaderris kumarahou) is an attractive ornamental shrub that has a beautiful yellow flower in late spring. When crushed in the hand and mixed with some water it produces a soapy lather which accounts for its name ‘gumdigger's soap’ giving you some indication of one of the many traditional uses of this remarkable plant.


  • Respiratory Tonic - Kūmarahou has a high content of saponins which is the ‘slippery’ constituent that made it an ideal soap alternative in the Kauri gumfields. It is this same constituent that made it the first choice traditionally when an expectorant was needed to help with clearing the lungs in coughs, colds, bronchitis or any other type of respiratory complaint that required the loosening of mucous to clear the lungs. Traditionally it was also used to treat tuberculosis and as a herb that was thought to strengthen and support the entire respiratory system.


  • Blood Purifier - Kūmarahou has long been traditionally used as a depurative herb which means it may help to support the body to eliminate accumulated waste products and toxins by improving the function of elimination channels such as the liver, kidneys, lymph and bowel. Through this action it may assist in a wide range of conditions that have come about from sluggish metabolism or simply less than ideal lifestyle choices over a period of time.


  • Skin Conditions – Kūmarahou may often help improve a wide variety of skin complaints. This can be due to many skin conditions being a result of sluggish elimination channels in the body not clearing toxins effectively. Due to its blood purifying and cleansing properties as mentioned above, Kūmarahou may help to improve and support the function of these channels.


  • Rheumatism and Gout - Traditionally used for both of these conditions with good success. Probably through a combination of its actions as a herb that helps with improving the elimination of toxins from the body and also as an anti-inflammatory.


  • Tonic Herb - The very name Tonic Herb suggests a herb that can be taken ongoing as a restorative and strengthener to the whole body. Kūmarahou was traditionally used for this very purpose. While having a strong affinity with the respiratory system, it was thought that it has many other ways it works in the body which some of have been mentioned above.



*This tea is only available in teabags.

Purchased in a 15 teabag tube


Oku use NeoSoilon® Pyramid Tea bags that are made from 100% non-GMO sugarcane allowing for completely certified organic tea products.


  • Ingredients: 100% Wildharvested Kūmarahou

    +Organic or *Wildharvested

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