People outside Australia are now beginning to discover the benefits of the tree called Gumbi Gumbi. The results of international research by universities and herbalists have created a rising interest in this herb. And the anecdotal evidence is increasing exponentially as more and more people use it.

Pittosporum angustifolium is an Australian tree that used to be called Pittosporum phylliraeoides, and is commonly known as Gumbi Gumbi or Gumby Gumby, and other regional names. It has long been used by the indigenous people as medicine, and as a treatment for cancer. It’s not a rare tree; it grows abundantly in many areas of Australia. It can be found in plant nurseries under the name “native willow.”

gumbi habitats

There are many other varieties of Pittosporum, but only gumbi gumbi has powerful immune-boosting ability. P. angustifolium has a small yellow fruit with an edible seed. The “native apricot” fruit can be used in applications for the skin.

The leaves can be consumed or made into tea. Tea, while effective for some, tastes bad, and is not the best way to get the full benefits of the herb, as the active ingredients are adversely affected by heat.

The leaves can also be used to make a salve or balm for skin conditions and for pain. A tincture can also be made from the leaves, for a long-lasting and powerful liquid for oral and topical use. Cool-drying the leaves and grinding them without heat is the way to make premium quality powder for capsules. The pure  genuine powder has a “green” taste, and quickly makes a soapy feel in the mouth.

Be wary because you will find “gumbi” products that are cut with other “bush medicines” that may even be called gumbi gumbi by some tribe. These only dilute the power of the plant P. angustifolium with a lesser herb. Don’t be misled, pure gumbi gumbi is by far the best.


Dr Paul Haider

Read here what Paul Haider (Master Herbalist) writes about the properties of Gumbi Gumbi.