People outside Australia are now beginning to discover the benefits of the tree called Gumbi Gumbi. International research by universities and herbalists have created a rising interest in this herb.

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, but only grows in certain areas of Australia.

There are many varieties of Pittosporum, but only one has these powerful medicinal properties. The angustifolium tree has a yellow fruit with an edible seed. The “native apricot” fruit can be dried and 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 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.  Cool-drying the leaves and grinding them without heat is the way to make premium quality capsules. A tincture can also be made for a long lasting and more powerful liquid.

You will find “gumbi” products that are cut with other “bush medicines” but these only dilute the power of the plant with a lesser herb. Pure is best.