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Mai Putitja and Irmangka-Irmangka

Bush Tucker and Bush Medicine

around Coober Pedy

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Irmangka-Irmangka and Aratja

 

Irmangka-Irmangka

Eremophila alternifolia      Scented Emu Bush

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Irmanka-irmangka - Scented Emu Bush

Irmangka-Irmangka or Scented Emu Bush (Eremophila alternifolia) is uncommon plant is found predominantly on gravelly limestone soils, and has pink or mauve tubular flowers with dark red spots. The leaves are strongly scented, the branches knobbly and the young growth sticky. It grows to one or two metres.

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Eileen Brown with a bag of Irmangka-Irmangka

Irmangka-Irmangka is prized by the local Antakarinja people for its use as a medicinal plant. The leaves are boiled up with kangaroo fat and water to make a strong smelling, sticky gel, which is put into tea or smeared onto the chest as a treatment for colds, headaches, chest infections, and other minor ailments. It is also used to soothe painful bites and stings. This medicine stores for a long time, and is said to encourage deep sleep.

 

Aratja

Eremophila freelingii      Rock Fuchsia Bush

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Aratja - Rock Fuchsia Bush

Aratja (Rock Fuchsia Bush) (Eremophila freelingii) is a common plant throughout the region, with lilac flowers and soft hairy leaves, growing on gravelly soils.

It is used in a similar way to Irmangka-Irmangka, however leaves of this plant are also often crushed in the hand to release a strong aromatic smell. This helps to clear blocked sinuses and cure cold symptoms.

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