Native Botanicals

We harvest bush produce on country, as taught to us by our mothers, aunties and grandmothers. Our Bush Medijina products are carefully handcrafted using traditional methods combined with modern techniques to create our own take on our elders’ bush recipes.

DUMBURUMBA

Dumburumba is one of our most prized native botanicals and features heavily in our Bush Medijina collections. Dumburumba trees are found in the bush and by the beach and the leaves have been traditionally used by our elders for centuries to soothe the skin.

MAMARRA (SMALL LEAVED PAPERBARK) and MAWILYABURNA (LINIMENT TREE)

Mamarra and Mawilyaburna trees are found in billabongs and wetlands on Groote Eylandt and are traditionally used in very similar ways. We learned from our elders to steep their leaves in water to soothe our bodies. Mamarra wood was used by Anindiliyakwa men to make canoes and the bark was traditionally used by women to make coolamons to carry their babies. Mamarra and Mawilyaburna can be found in many of our products, from balms, to soaps, clays and scrubs

Featured MAMARRA & MAWILYABURNA products

MERRIKA (BROAD LEAVED WATTLE)

Along with its multitude of uses in soothing the skin, Merrika is used by our elders as ‘botanical clock’… we know that when this tree flowers, that the terns are laying their eggs. Traditionally, men used the wood to make the sharp tips of their fishing spears, and women used the wood for digging sticks. As well as using Merrika in our balms and soaps, we use the seasonal flowers in our body butter.

MAMABURRA (WILD PEACH TREE)

Mamaburra trees grow in the bush, and are loved for their fruit, and their usefulness in soothing the skin. These trees grow abundantly on Groote Eylandt, and in addition to their use in traditional recipes our elders used the inner bark to repair cracks and holes in their canoes. The rich red colour of the bark gives many of our products their ruddy colour, reflecting the palette of our land. The dried bark is also used as an exfoliant in our scrubs.

Featured Mamaburra products

ANGARRAKAKA (JUNGLE CURRANT)

Angarrakaka is only available for a very brief period in our wet season, so we prize these delectable fruits when they appear as they are delicious to eat (similar to a blueberry). We blend Angarrakaka with Merrika leaves in our Jungle Currant lip balm.

Featured Angarrakaka products

WURRUWARDUWARDA (SPINIFEX GRASS)

Wurruwarduwarda grows wild by the beach on Groote Eylandt. Traditionally, it is used to soothe the skin.  We blend it with coconut oil in our soaps and scrubs to create a gentle cleansing product.

Featured Wurruwarduwarda products

DINGADILYENJIRRKA (WHITE CLOUD TREE) AND WEEPING TEA TREE

Dingadilyenjirkka is found in the bush on Groote Eylandt and was traditionally used by Warningakalina women to help their hair grow long, strong and healthy. We blend Dingadilyenjirrka or Weeping Tea Tree extract with organic coconut oil to create our luxurious Happy Hair Oils.