Remediation Works Update, 14 June 2018

Plants for medicine

In recognition of Reconciliation Week, this week’s post looks at some common flora species within the Corridor and references the medicinal use of each plant, as custom by the traditional owners of this land.

Woody Pear (Xylomelum occidentale)
Woody Pear (Xylomelum occidentale)

Infusions of the leaves and bark were sipped to relieve pain (Lassak & McCarthy 2001) and the seeds from the fruit were roasted and eaten.

 

Tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala)
Tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala)

Gum was used as a mild anaesthetic and large pieces were used as fillings in dental cavities. The bark was often used by Noongar people as roofing for shelters (City of Joondalup, 2011).

 

Swamp Banksia (Banksia littoralis)
Swamp Banksia (Banksia littoralis)

Infusions of the flowers, made by steeping them in water, were sipped to relieve coughs and sore throats (City of Joondalup, 2011)

 

Sheoak (Allocasuarina fraseriana)
Sheoak (Allocasuarina fraseriana)

The young cones were eaten and Noongar women often gave birth under the Sheoak. Its soft needles were used for bedding in shelters (ANGB,2016a)

 

References:

ANBG (Australian National Botanical Gardens). (2002). –(2016a)’Aboriginal Plant Use Trail’. http://www.anbg.gov.au/gardens/visiting/exploring/aboriginal-trail/index.html

 

City of Joondalup (2011). Plants and People in Mooro Country: Nyungar Plant Use in Yellagonga Regional Park’.http://api.joondalup.wa.gov.au/files/Plants%20and%20People%20in%20Mooro%20Country.pdf

 

Lassak, E & McCarthy, T. (2001). Australian Medicinal Plants. Sydney: New Holland.

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