Medicines

Aboriginal Peoples used their knowledge of the medicinal properties of animals, insects, trees and plants to treat a variety of ailments.

Certain parts of animals, insects, plants or trees could be applied directly to the sick person, or used after the necessary preparation and processing had occurred (for example, soaking seeds in running water or heating to remove toxins).

Infusions and tonics were made for drinking, inhaling or bathing the wound, and plants were prepared for rubbing onto the skin or hair of the afflicted person.

Large leaves could be heated (on hot sand or heated stones) to be used as remedies for stings and bites, to treat sores, or for pain, swelling and headaches.

Common bush medicines include tea-tree oil, eucalyptus oil, goanna ointment, and emu cream. Many people still use these today.

Aboriginal people continue to eat bush foods and use bush medicines, as taught to them by their Elders and family.

leaves used for medicinal purposes