Māori traditionally used this plant for it’s medicinal properties, especially in treating a wide range of skin conditions.
Horopito, Pseudowintera colorata is also known as the ‘pepper tree’.
A natural compound called polygodial in the Horopito leaves has many potent medicinal effects. It has anti-fungal, antimicrobial, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties.
Clinical studies have shown that Horopito is more effective at treating fungal conditions than prescription steroid creams. It’s especially well known for killing yeast infections such as ringworm, athletes foot and Candida albicans which causes thrush.
Horopita is also great for healing wounds, cuts, burns, eczema, acne and painful bruises.