Pittosporum angustifolium - Gumby Gumby - is mainly an inland tree, but is found widespread across most of Australia. It flowers during winter to spring and its fruit ripens during March.
Leaf and stem Tea.
This powerful tonic is believed to support a wide variety of conditions such as cancer, digestive disorders, immune conditions, chronic fatigue, skin disorders, depression, emphysema to name a few.
The Aboriginals and Torres Strait Island people believe in Gumby Gumby and its healing secrets for over 50,000 years.
Researchers have discovered many compounds in the leaves, and several powerful healing agents including saponins, tannins, and alkaloids.
• Saponins, natural detergents with antifungal and antibacterial properties that also show promise in preventing and treating colon cancer
• Tannins, antifungal and antibacterial compounds with antiphrastic and long-term antioxidant properties
• Alkaloids, reactive alkaline compounds containing nitrogen that produce powerful effects on the body and are widely used in medicines
Gumby Gumby also contains polysteroids, triterpenoids, phenolic compounds like those found in green tea, cardiac glycosides and flavonoids that lower cholesterol, strengthen the immune system and fight cancer.
A 2007 study in Germany found that Gumby Gumby extracts killed certain cancer cells and boosted the immune system.
A study published in 2011 concluded that the anti-fungal and antibacterial properties of Gumby Gumby, in conjunction with its low toxicity, “validate the Australian Aboriginal usage of [Gumby Gumby] and indicates its medicinal potential.”