BUSH MEDICINE PLANTS – MARGARET KAMARA ROSS ORANGE
Bush medicine knowledge is still strong in Ampilatwatja, it continues to be passed down to the younger generations and is widely used.
When the women go hunting they often gather bush medicine. The plants depicted here are found in the country around Ampilatwatja, they are used for soothing skin infections and to make a drink to help with colds and coughs.
“These plants are found in rocky country, we look for a little purple plum and these we use to clean the kidneys and sometimes for flu.
The yellow flowers are used for scabies, we boil these in water and wash.
The pink flowers we use for when we have sore eyes, we mix the flowers with water and the colour changes to a light green.”
Painting bush medicine stories are important because it helps to maintain a strong knowledge and culture for the community.