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Gumby Gumby Pittosporum Angustifolium Gumbi Gumbi Seeds
Packet of 40+ freshly harvested, waxy red coated seeds!
Once know as Pittosporum phylliraeoides along with Pittosporum ligustrifolium, Pittosporum angustifolium is now considered a seperate unique species.
More commonly known as berrigan, bitter bush, butterbush, butter bush, cattle bush, cumbi cumbi, cumby cumby, cumpi cumpi, gumbi, gumbi gumbi, gumby gumby, meemeei, native apricot, and the very appropriate weeping pittosporum.
This weeping habit is one of the main distinguishing features that seperate it from true Pittosporum phylliraeoides and Pittosporum ligustrifolium which have a very narrow distribution.
The species is very variable with several forms recognized and only a couple having a history of traditional medicinal use by Aboriginal Australians.
The remaining forms are considered toxic or at least not useful from a traditional medicine point of view.
My seeds are from the bestest medicinal variety, or so wiser folks than me tell me..
While I can not and do not recommend, or advise, or give ANY medical advice regarding the use of this species, or any others due to Australian legislation, and the fact I’m not a bloody doctor.
I can tell you that the dried powdered leaf is considered safe for use as a “food supplement” or for use externally as a “cosmetic”.
I can also tell you that many thousands of folks do use it medicinally for the treatment and prevention of cancer, and a quick Google search of the words “Gumby Gumby Cancer” brings up more than 280,000 results…
I know of dozens of old timers that swear it cured their cancer, and even more farmers that say the only reason they never got cancer despite working with carcinogenic chemicals all their life was the tea or capsules they take daily.
I also know a few folks that have suffered from eczema and skin conditions for years that swear a tea made from the leaves applied externally has cured it completely or at least made it less irritating and much more manageable.
I also know a couple folks that used it for chicken pocks and shingles much the same way pine soap or calamine lotion is, but they say it gave them a better result.
It is said to increase lactation in new mothers, or as a general cure all for pain, cramping, circulation issues, and for general cold, cough and flu.
Pretty much everyone that knows of the plant only has good stuff to say about it, and this has driven an equally huge market for the dried leaves, or powder made into capsules, often at crazy high prices, especially considering how easy it is to grow and how productive it is.
Something folks using these products should consider is whether or not you are actually getting what you paid for?
On two separate occasions over the years I have had folks offer me seeds to sell, and when I requested pictures of the plants they were sourced from they sent me pictures of Pittosporum undulatum, a very common weed that is technically related, but looks very very different!
One was even selling the powdered encapsulated leaves of this completely different species on eBay as “Gumbi Gumbi Cancer treatment capsules”.
Not cool at all!!!
Some of the claims made by these kind of folks are at very best misleading, at worse straight up bloody dodgy.
I have never used this species to treat anything myself.
For this reason I personally make no claims that it will treat or cure anything at all.
I also advise you not to believe any one particular dude(especially one that makes a buck off selling it) as there have been no real world studies, on its real world effectiveness, on any real world medical conditions.
None, zip, zero.
There is heaps and heaps of anecdotal evidence(opinions and individual experiences), and there has been a couple studies in the lab where they looked at what chemicals are in it, but that is nowhere near the same as proof of effectiveness for any particular condition.
I only sell the seeds so you can grow your own, and I cannot, and will not, recommend any vendors to supply leaf or powder as I don’t personally use them myself.
Even if you send a full page of medical history and your whole life story, hinting and sort of, almost, but not quite asking the question, I really truly just can’t help you.
This isn’t just because I’m a prick, or that I am scared of “the man”(though I admit they both do come into play).
And it definitely isn’t due doubts about it’s effectiveness as a medicine.
I personally do reckon with this much anecdotal evidence, it really is time someone did do some large scale peer reviewed studies.
It’s just because recommending any product that I don’t personally use, would be pretty immoral in my opinion.
Kinda gross actually, especially when it comes to medicines and supplements…
If you are planning on asking me questions, especially about sourcing or supplying me with your products, please reread this paragraph above first, and if you haven’t, I just won’t be wasting my breath replying!
Maybe even do me a favour and reread it a couple times, seriously…
I am selling the seeds of a really nice looking little native tree that is generally a couple meters high, looks really cool, provides food and shelter for the critters, and has a huge and interesting history of use as an ethnobotanical and medicinal species.
It occurs very sporadically in every state of Australia except Tasmania, but always just a few trees in a little clump and generally none others nearby for miles.
It can handle pretty much any soil type, and pretty much any climate once established, but it is best to germinate the seeds in warm conditions, provide shelter from frosts and a drink every now and then in the dry season.
The seeds store really well when they have the waxy sticky red coating left on them like mine have, but if you wash it all off before storing the germination rate drops rapidly over time.
Keep this in mind when other folks say “germinates readily” or “needs no special treatment” but they have only clean brown coloured seeds of undisclosed age..
Sprouting the seeds is easy.
Soak in warm but not hot water overnight.
Get up the next day, pour out the water.
Carefully rub the seeds with a bit of old cloth or paper towel, then soak in warm not hot water again.
Day three rub the seeds again to remove the last of the sticky red protective germination inhibiting coating, then get a large pot full of sandy well draining soil.
Tip the now really really clean seeds in, roughly mix/rake the surface couple cm(1/2inch) with your fingers, water well, then forget it for a month or so.
Once they all get a couple leaves and it looks like all that are gonna germinate are up and doing well, then carefully repot them, putting the top soil aside.
Carefully mix that left over soil up again, sprinkle back onto another large pot of sandy soil.
Water well again and in a couple months you may have the others all come up too if you are lucky.
If you just plant the seeds as is, without removing the waxy coating first you will still always get a near 100% germination.
BUT, it will take about 12-18months for that waxy coating to be leached out and washed away and for germination to actually begin.
Once you have washed them, it is very important to plant them quickly as the viability rate drops rapidly over time once this sticky red protective coating is removed.
Many other well meaning seed sellers fail to understand this important point.
Wildharvested locally(and home grown when the king parrots co-operate), no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!