Myoporum laetum. Ngaio.
Bark used to heal ulcers and eruptions. Vapour bath ( Taylor 1848 and 1870).
In recipe for lotion applied to bruises. Juice of inner bark applied to toothache (O'Carroll 1884).
Decoction used by Mother Aubert in treatment of leprosy.
The leaves bruised and warmed to release the oil make a most effective pack for septic wounds. The drawing power is considerable. I tried it once for a poisoned heel. I have also known vets to use it for horses in this way. (K. Pickmere 1940).
Inner bark - scraped, rubbed on gums or packed in sore tooth. (Adams 1945).
Leaf buds chewed for mussel poisoning (MacDonald 1973). A preparation of ngaio leaves "much the best thing he found for the relief of baby eczema in his two children" (Anon; Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Botany Division file 8/1/59). In the late 1930s, lotions and ointments made from ngaio leaves being sold by a pedlar (note on Botany Division file, 8/1/59).
See Riley 1994 for information on medicinal uses of related plants elsewhere in the world.
Young shoots, insect repellant (Adams 1945).
In the 1860s, sometimes used effectively as a sheepdip (G. McGregor, noted on Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Botany Division file 8/1/59).