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Mānuka toothpaste

Mānuka toothpaste

Māori made extensive use of mānuka to help cure various ills. The active ingredient is leptospermone, which has antibiotic properties. Today, specialist products made from mānuka include toothpaste, honey and beer.

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Nigel Perry, 'Plant extracts - Medicines', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 October 2023)

Story by Nigel Perry, published 24 Sep 2007