Samoans are blessed with a myriad of therapeutic plants, and the taulasea (traditional healers), have long used local plant juices, bark, leaves, roots and various other plant parts to help treat all sorts of ailments. You’ll find the most powerful specimens deep inside Samoa’s last remaining rainforest, located on Savaii.
Samoa's herbal knowledge has been passed on through the generations via daughters and granddaughters. This traditional healing knowledge is fast becoming a valuable spa resource. All around the islands, freshly plucked, cut and grated nutritious goodies are being used in body wraps, facials and the traditional Samoan massage (fofo) to produce velvety smooth skin and to lull senses into a state of bliss.
The mamala tree
| Papaya helps prevent cell degeneration.
is a traditional yellow fever treatment so potent it's now under investigation as a potential AIDS cure.
leaves, flowers and juice are great for soothing and nourishing irritated and sensitive skin. They also work wonders if you happen to have a fever, scratchy throat, upset tummy or
high blood pressure.
is full of protein (which makes up 10 percent of the skin) and antioxidants vitamins A and C, which help prevent cell degeneration and keep skin looking zesty and young.
has soothing and cooling properties (great after too many hours in the sun).
moisturises, nourishes and encourages the growth of new skin.
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