Bush Medicine Leaves are taken from several different varieties of native plants and shrubs. These medicine leaves can be collected and boiled to separate the oils which occur in these plants. This oil is then mixed together, traditionally, with Kangaroo or Emu fat. This resulting medicine can then be used to heal cuts, wounds, bites, rashes and spread as an insect repellent. This medicine can last for between 6 months to one year. Today, most commercial bush medicine products are made using olive oil and bees wax instead of animal fats. The leaves of the shrub are gathered by the women in coolamons when they are green. These are ground up using a stone, which when mixed with water to form a creamy, milky mixture which can be used to help treat the symptoms of cold and flu. The bush medicine leaves can also be made into a mixture to apply to aching joints or to place on the temples to cure headaches.
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