The ladies at Bush Medijina pick Merrika (Broad Leaved Wattle) leaves from the trees that grow in the bush and by the river to make their gentle soap. The leaves are boiled and traditionally used for treating sores, cuts, stings and skin rashes. They add the sweet smelling forest fragrance of Eucalyptus Essential Oil, known for soothing minor skin ailments.
The practice of traditional bush medicine is being wonderfully preserved in the products of Bush Medijina, made by the Warnindilyakwa women of the Groote Eylandt Archipelago in the Northern Territory.
Run by the not-for-profit organization ASAC, seven full-time Indigenous women do everything from collecting the bush medicine to making, packaging and shipping the products. All profits are fed back into community programs for Indigenous women which promote respect, culture, education and wellness.